Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$31,965MSRP
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2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
$21,895MSRP
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2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$31,965MSRP
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2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
$21,895MSRP
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Overview

MSRP

$31,965

MSRP

$21,895

Average price

$18,986

Average price

$14,462

Listings

3686

Listings

700
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

7.8 out of 10

Expert reviews

8.0 out of 10
Pros
  • Great handling
  • Manual transmission available (for now)
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Potentially polarizing design
  • Poor ergonomic design
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
  • Fairly pedestrian performance

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

What defines a “Sport Utility Vehicle”? Common knowledge dictates what an SUV is supposed to look like, but SUVs and crossovers don't hold a monopoly on the vehicular attribute of utility. Case in point: the station wagon.

Truthfully, most modern crossovers are just high-riding wagons and hatchbacks. The only real advantages they offer are a higher ride height, higher seating position, and all-wheel drive (and even that isn’t always a given). Cars like the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR are available with only front-wheel-drive, and when compared to a vehicle like the 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, you have to wonder what added utility those cars really offer.

VW calls the SportWagen the “Sportier Utility Vehicle.” It's hard to argue with that point, and the SportWagen is a serious alternative to your typical crossover—especially if you care about driving dynamics.

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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

Engine

1.4L 147 hp I4

Drive Train

Drive Train

FWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

Horsepower

147 hp @ 5000 rpm

MPG City

MPG City

29

MPG Highway

MPG Highway

37
2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$31,965MSRP
Overview
Overview
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2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
$21,895MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2024 Volkswagen Golf GTI
$31,965MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
$21,895MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$31,965
$21,895
Average price
$18,986
$14,462
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.6
4.7
Expert reviews

7.8 out of 10

Read full review

8.0 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
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
  • Fairly pedestrian performance
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.

What defines a “Sport Utility Vehicle”? Common knowledge dictates what an SUV is supposed to look like, but SUVs and crossovers don't hold a monopoly on the vehicular attribute of utility. Case in point: the station wagon.

Truthfully, most modern crossovers are just high-riding wagons and hatchbacks. The only real advantages they offer are a higher ride height, higher seating position, and all-wheel drive (and even that isn’t always a given). Cars like the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR are available with only front-wheel-drive, and when compared to a vehicle like the 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, you have to wonder what added utility those cars really offer.

VW calls the SportWagen the “Sportier Utility Vehicle.” It's hard to argue with that point, and the SportWagen is a serious alternative to your typical crossover—especially if you care about driving dynamics.

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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
1.4L 147 hp I4
Drive Train
FWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
Horsepower
147 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG City
29
MPG Highway
37
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