2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI vs 2022 Toyota Corolla

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$28,695MSRP
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2022 Toyota Corolla
2022 Toyota Corolla
$20,425MSRP
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2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$28,695MSRP
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2022 Toyota Corolla
$20,425MSRP
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Overview

MSRP

$28,695

MSRP

$20,425

Average price

$25,791

Average price

$20,436

Listings

62

Listings

2121
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

7.8 out of 10

Expert reviews

7.2 out of 10
Pros
  • Manual transmission available
  • Great handling
  • Fun to drive
Cons
  • Poor ride quality
  • Not much cargo space
  • Outdated technology
Pros
  • Multiple body styles
  • Multiple powertrain options
  • Manual transmission available
Cons
  • Outdated technology
  • Potentially polarizing design
  • Sluggish performance

2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Reviews Summary

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, nimble, and stylish compact delivers impressive performance—but what does it sacrifice?

2022 Toyota Corolla Reviews Summary

The Toyota Corolla needs no introduction. With 12 generations spanning over five decades of production, the Corolla is the bestselling nameplate in automotive history. And it continues to be a popular choice for new car buyers looking for a reliable and sensible compact car, competing against other established names like the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Jetta for sales.

The only significant change for 2022 is the addition of two new colors: Ruby Flare and Windchill Pearl. What hasn’t changed are the number of other choices buyers get. Toyota offers sedan and hatchback body styles, manual and automatic transmissions, and multiple powertrain options—including a hybrid. The Corolla Cross SUV also launched for 2022 but, while it shares a basic platform with the Corolla sedan and hatch, it’s effectively a different vehicle.

Finally, you get the expected array of trim levels. The Corolla sedan is available in L, LE, XLE, SE, and XSE grades, plus Apex Edition and Nightshade Edition versions of SE and XSE, with more limited options for the Corolla hatchback and hybrid (both of which will be covered separately). For this review, we tested the Apex Edition sedan in its lower SE grade. The Apex is the sportiest Corolla variant, at least until the GR Corolla hot hatchback arrives for the 2023 model year.

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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 @ 5000 rpm

Horsepower

MPG City

23

MPG City

30

MPG Highway

30

MPG Highway

38
2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$28,695MSRP
Overview
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2022 Toyota Corolla
2022 Toyota Corolla
$20,425MSRP
Overview
Overview
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2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$28,695MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2022 Toyota Corolla
$20,425MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$28,695
$20,425
Average price
$25,791
$20,436
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
5.0
4.1
Expert reviews

7.8 out of 10

Read full review

7.2 out of 10

Read full review
Pros & cons
Pros
  • Manual transmission available
  • Great handling
  • Fun to drive
Cons
  • Poor ride quality
  • Not much cargo space
  • Outdated technology
Pros
  • Multiple body styles
  • Multiple powertrain options
  • Manual transmission available
Cons
  • Outdated technology
  • Potentially polarizing design
  • Sluggish performance
Summary
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, nimble, and stylish compact delivers impressive performance—but what does it sacrifice?

The Toyota Corolla needs no introduction. With 12 generations spanning over five decades of production, the Corolla is the bestselling nameplate in automotive history. And it continues to be a popular choice for new car buyers looking for a reliable and sensible compact car, competing against other established names like the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Jetta for sales.

The only significant change for 2022 is the addition of two new colors: Ruby Flare and Windchill Pearl. What hasn’t changed are the number of other choices buyers get. Toyota offers sedan and hatchback body styles, manual and automatic transmissions, and multiple powertrain options—including a hybrid. The Corolla Cross SUV also launched for 2022 but, while it shares a basic platform with the Corolla sedan and hatch, it’s effectively a different vehicle.

Finally, you get the expected array of trim levels. The Corolla sedan is available in L, LE, XLE, SE, and XSE grades, plus Apex Edition and Nightshade Edition versions of SE and XSE, with more limited options for the Corolla hatchback and hybrid (both of which will be covered separately). For this review, we tested the Apex Edition sedan in its lower SE grade. The Apex is the sportiest Corolla variant, at least until the GR Corolla hot hatchback arrives for the 2023 model year.

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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 @ 5000 rpm
MPG City
23
30
MPG Highway
30
38
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