Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Volkswagen Jetta GLI Compare price, expert/user reviews, mpg, engines, safety, cargo capacity and other specs at a glance.

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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Autobahn FWD
MSRP
$30,745
Invoice
$29,515
Average Price Paid
$30,745
119 listings nationwide

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2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
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Autobahn FWD
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Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$39,396
8 listings nationwide

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2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Autobahn FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$33,700
6 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
Stephen Edelstein Test Drive Review:

Now in its last year of production before a major makeover, the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI five-door hatchback embodies the benefits (and drawbacks) of the hot hatch formula. The quick, ...

2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Autobahn FWD
Stephen Edelstein Test Drive Review:

The Jetta GLI is a near-mechanical twin to the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The big difference between the two models is the Jetta GLI is a sedan, while the GTI is a five-door hatchback. The J...

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  • Look and Feel 8
  • Performance 7
  • Form & Function 8
  • Technology 8
  • Safety 8
  • Cost-Effectiveness 8
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  • Look and Feel 8
  • Performance 7
  • Form & Function 8
  • Technology 8
  • Safety 8
  • Cost-Effectiveness 8

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
GuruJ11M4 writes:
Plush but expensive
Looks/Style Ranked 2020 Audi A3 2.0T Premium Plus Sedan FWD worse.
"Value"
Back Seats Ranked 2020 Audi A3 2.0T Premium Plus Sedan FWD better.
"More room"
2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Autobahn FWD
No User Reviews

Specs

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD
2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Autobahn FWD
Powertrain
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
FWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
23 MPG
24 MPG
24 MPG
24 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
30 MPG
32 MPG
35 MPG
33 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 13.2 gal 13.2 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
228 hp @ 5,000 RPM
228 hp @ 5,000 RPM
228 hp @ 5,000 RPM
228 hp @ 5,000 RPM
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
258 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM
258 lb-ft @ 1,700 RPM
258 lb-ft @ 1,700 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
9.6:1
9.6:1
9.6:1
9.6:1
Displacement
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.25 in x 3.65 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 4 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Overall 4 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Driver 5 stars 4 stars
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars 4 stars
Side Crash Overall 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars 5 stars
Side Pole Driver 5 stars 5 stars
Rollover 5 stars 5 stars
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard Standard
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats Standard --
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 41.2 in 41.1 in
Back Legroom 35.6 in 37.4 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 17.4 cu ft 14.1 cu ft
Maximum Payload 915 lbs 882 lbs
Exterior
Length 168 in 185.2 in
Width 70.8 in 70.8 in
Height 57.8 in 57.9 in
Wheelbase 103.6 in 105.6 in

Available Options

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2.0T Autobahn FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Cornflower Blue
  • Dark Iron Blue Metallic
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Pure White
  • Tornado Red
  • White Silver Metallic
2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Autobahn FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Pure Gray
  • Pure Gray W/Black Roof
  • Pure White
  • Pure White W/Black Roof
  • Pyrite Silver Metallic
  • Tornado Red
  • Tornado Red W/Black Roof

Option Packages

  • GLI Autobahn Black Package

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