Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Chevrolet Cruze

2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$31,965MSRP
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2018 Chevrolet Cruze
2018 Chevrolet Cruze
$16,975MSRP
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2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$31,965MSRP
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2018 Chevrolet Cruze
$16,975MSRP
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Overview

MSRP

$31,965

MSRP

$16,975

Average price

$18,961

Average price

$9,802

Listings

3501

Listings

5654
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

7.8 out of 10

Expert reviews

6.7 out of 10
Pros
  • Great handling
  • Manual transmission available (for now)
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Potentially polarizing design
  • Poor ergonomic design

Reviews Summary

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI was introduced for the 2022 model year and enters 2024 essentially unchanged. The main news is that 2024 marks the last year a manual transmission will be available in this classic hot hatchback. Volkswagen is making a 380 special edition package standard on all stick-shift GTIs to commemorate that. A more substantial update is expected for the 2025 model year.

Verdict: The GTI is a great all-rounder held back by poor interior design choices and a staid personality.

Reviews Summary

As the dissonant chords of Dieselgate still resonate throughout the industry, most car companies have abandoned efforts toward any future diesel-powered cars. A $15 billion fine will have that sort of chilling effect. But Chevrolet has taken a different approach, instead seeing the mass retreat from diesel as an opportunity to fill a void. As the driver Jean-Pierre Sarti said in Frankenheimer’s 1966 epic “Grand Prix”: “When I see something really horrible, I put my foot down. Hard! Because I know that everyone else is lifting his.”
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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

Engine

1.4L 153 hp I4

Drive Train

Drive Train

FWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

Horsepower

153 hp @ 5600 rpm

MPG City

MPG City

27

MPG Highway

MPG Highway

40
2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$31,965MSRP
Overview
Overview
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2018 Chevrolet Cruze
2018 Chevrolet Cruze
$16,975MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$31,965MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2018 Chevrolet Cruze
$16,975MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$31,965
$16,975
Average price
$18,961
$9,802
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.6
4.3
Expert reviews

7.8 out of 10

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6.7 out of 10

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Pros & cons
Pros
  • Great handling
  • Manual transmission available (for now)
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Potentially polarizing design
  • Poor ergonomic design
Summary

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI was introduced for the 2022 model year and enters 2024 essentially unchanged. The main news is that 2024 marks the last year a manual transmission will be available in this classic hot hatchback. Volkswagen is making a 380 special edition package standard on all stick-shift GTIs to commemorate that. A more substantial update is expected for the 2025 model year.

Verdict: The GTI is a great all-rounder held back by poor interior design choices and a staid personality.

As the dissonant chords of Dieselgate still resonate throughout the industry, most car companies have abandoned efforts toward any future diesel-powered cars. A $15 billion fine will have that sort of chilling effect. But Chevrolet has taken a different approach, instead seeing the mass retreat from diesel as an opportunity to fill a void. As the driver Jean-Pierre Sarti said in Frankenheimer’s 1966 epic “Grand Prix”: “When I see something really horrible, I put my foot down. Hard! Because I know that everyone else is lifting his.”
Video
No video found
Popular Features & Specs
Engine
1.4L 153 hp I4
Drive Train
FWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
Horsepower
153 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG City
27
MPG Highway
40
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