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2023 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0T 4Motion AWD
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2021 Volkswagen Golf
TSI FWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$23,494
2 listings nationwide

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2023 Volkswagen Golf R
2.0T 4Motion AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$48,716

Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2021 Volkswagen Golf
TSI FWD
Stephen Edelstein Preview:

The storied, decades-long, run of the Volkswagen Golf will come to an end after the 2021 model year. VW has announced plans to remove the standard Golf from the U.S. market, leaving on...

2023 Volkswagen Golf R
2.0T 4Motion AWD
No Expert Reviews

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

2021 Volkswagen Golf
TSI FWD
jag writes:
Yes, not roomy as eleantra as Hyundai Elantra GT. Does not have a sport mode as the Elantra GT. And the entera...
Looks/Style Ranked 2021 Hyundai Elantra GT better.
"It is modern and elegant design. Almost everyone stops and looks at Elantra GT. No one stops and looks the VW. "
Back Seats Ranked 2021 Hyundai Elantra GT better.
"Drink divider."
2023 Volkswagen Golf R
2.0T 4Motion AWD
No User Reviews

Specs

2021 Volkswagen Golf
TSI FWD
2023 Volkswagen Golf R
2.0T 4Motion AWD
Powertrain
Drivetrain
FWD
FWD
AWD
AWD
Fuel Economy, City
29 MPG
29 MPG
23 MPG
20 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
39 MPG
36 MPG
30 MPG
28 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 13.2 gal 14.5 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
147 hp @ 5,000 RPM
147 hp @ 5,000 RPM
315 hp @ 5,900 RPM
315 hp @ 5,900 RPM
Torque
184 lb-ft @ 1,400 RPM
184 lb-ft @ 1,400 RPM
280 lb-ft @ 1,900 RPM
280 lb-ft @ 1,900 RPM
Cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
4 cylinders
Compression Ratio
10:1
10:1
9.3:1
9.3:1
Displacement
1,400 cc
1,400 cc
2,000 cc
2,000 cc
Bore x Stroke
2.93 in x 3.15 in
2.93 in x 3.15 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
3.25 in x 3.65 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Optional
Driver Airbag Standard Optional
Passenger Airbag Standard Optional
Front Side Airbags Standard Optional
Curtain Airbags Standard Optional
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 4 stars --
Front Crash Overall 4 stars --
Front Crash Driver 5 stars --
Front Crash Passenger 4 stars --
Side Crash Overall 5 stars --
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars --
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars --
Side Pole Driver 5 stars --
Rollover 5 stars --
Comfort and Convenience
Sunroof/Moonroof Standard Optional
Leather Seats -- Optional
Air Conditioning Standard Optional
Radio Standard Optional
Power Windows Standard Optional
Power Door Locks Standard Optional
Driver Power Seats Standard Optional
Passenger Power Seats Standard Optional
Interior
Maximum Seating 5 seats 5 seats
Front Legroom 41.2 in 41.2 in
Back Legroom 35.6 in 35 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 17.4 cu ft 19.9 cu ft
Maximum Payload 915 lbs 926 lbs
Exterior
Length 167.6 in 168.9 in
Width 70.8 in 70.4 in
Height 58.2 in 57.7 in
Wheelbase 103.6 in 103.5 in

Available Options

2021 Volkswagen Golf
TSI FWD

Exterior Colors

  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Platinum Gray Metallic
  • Pure White
  • Silk Blue Metallic
  • White Silver Metallic
2023 Volkswagen Golf R
2.0T 4Motion AWD

Exterior Colors

  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Lapiz Blue Metallic
  • Pure White

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