2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2021 Toyota Corolla

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$28,595MSRP
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2021 Toyota Corolla
2021 Toyota Corolla
$20,025MSRP
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2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$28,595MSRP
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2021 Toyota Corolla
$20,025MSRP
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Overview

MSRP

$28,595

MSRP

$20,025

Average price

$24,106

Average price

$19,298

Listings

74

Listings

2260
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

Expert reviews

7.8 out of 10
Pros
  • Standard advanced safety features
  • Fun to drive
  • Manual transmission available
Cons
  • Noisy
  • Outdated technology

2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI Reviews Summary

2021 Toyota Corolla Reviews Summary

Everybody knows somebody who owns or has owned a Toyota Corolla. Thanks to a deserved reputation for affordability, reliability, and efficiency, the Corolla is what comes to mind when all you want is a cheap, dependable, and thrifty set of wheels.

Over the nameplate’s 55-year history, Toyota built a handful of Corollas that were anything but rolling appliances. But those fun-to-drive gems were relative rarities. Under the tenure of Akio Toyoda, the automaker’s current president and a man who loves to drive, the Corolla has become something more than a bore. It’s a car that makes you want to cruise instead of snooze.

We’re talking about the Corolla SE and XSE, of course. Toyota still makes dull and duller versions of its compact car, but the SE and XSE trim levels add some spice to the basic commuter-car recipe.

This year, the 2021 Toyota Corolla SE and XSE are available in a new limited-production Apex Edition flavor. It’s got a track-tuned sport suspension, a lowered ride height, revised steering calibration, a sport exhaust system, and lightweight 18-inch gloss black aluminum wheels that you can wrap in optional summer performance tires. Unfortunately, it also comes with a “Lookit me, Officer, I like to go fast!” body kit.

Fearing this would be the example Toyota sent to us for review, we instead happily accepted the key fob to a Barcelona Red Corolla XSE and discovered that you don’t need the Apex Edition treatment to enjoy driving this car.

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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

2.0L 228 hp I4

Engine

1.8L 139 hp I4

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

FWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

228 hp @ 4700 rpm

Horsepower

MPG City

24

MPG City

30

MPG Highway

32

MPG Highway

38
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$28,595MSRP
Overview
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2021 Toyota Corolla
2021 Toyota Corolla
$20,025MSRP
Overview
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2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$28,595MSRP
Overview
Overview
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2021 Toyota Corolla
$20,025MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$28,595
$20,025
Average price
$24,106
$19,298
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.7
4.3
Expert reviews

7.8 out of 10

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Pros & cons
Pros
  • Standard advanced safety features
  • Fun to drive
  • Manual transmission available
Cons
  • Noisy
  • Outdated technology
Summary

Everybody knows somebody who owns or has owned a Toyota Corolla. Thanks to a deserved reputation for affordability, reliability, and efficiency, the Corolla is what comes to mind when all you want is a cheap, dependable, and thrifty set of wheels.

Over the nameplate’s 55-year history, Toyota built a handful of Corollas that were anything but rolling appliances. But those fun-to-drive gems were relative rarities. Under the tenure of Akio Toyoda, the automaker’s current president and a man who loves to drive, the Corolla has become something more than a bore. It’s a car that makes you want to cruise instead of snooze.

We’re talking about the Corolla SE and XSE, of course. Toyota still makes dull and duller versions of its compact car, but the SE and XSE trim levels add some spice to the basic commuter-car recipe.

This year, the 2021 Toyota Corolla SE and XSE are available in a new limited-production Apex Edition flavor. It’s got a track-tuned sport suspension, a lowered ride height, revised steering calibration, a sport exhaust system, and lightweight 18-inch gloss black aluminum wheels that you can wrap in optional summer performance tires. Unfortunately, it also comes with a “Lookit me, Officer, I like to go fast!” body kit.

Fearing this would be the example Toyota sent to us for review, we instead happily accepted the key fob to a Barcelona Red Corolla XSE and discovered that you don’t need the Apex Edition treatment to enjoy driving this car.

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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
2.0L 228 hp I4
1.8L 139 hp I4
Drive Train
FWD
FWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
Horsepower
228 hp @ 4700 rpm
MPG City
24
30
MPG Highway
32
38
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