2020 Volkswagen GTI

Original MSRP Range
$28,595 - $37,295
Available Style(s)
24 - 24 MPG City / 32 - 32 MPG Hwy
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2020 Volkswagen GTI

What We Like

  • Exceptional driving experience
  • Understated design
  • High-class cabin
  • Super-practical hatchback design

What We Don't

  • Reduced warranty
  • Questionable reliability
  • Limited packaging
  • Pricey when fully loaded


Expert Rating

4.1/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5


What's New in the 2020 Volkswagen GTI?

The 2020 GTI gains the next generation of VW's Car-Net telematics system along with Wi-Fi hotspot capability (so long as you pay for a subscription). Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard. Two trim levels are offered for 2020: S and SE. The Autobahn trim has been reduced to a package offered on the SE.

While every 2018 and 2019 VW came with an impressive 6-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty that was fully transferrable, VW has reduced this to 4-years/50,000 miles for 2020. See the 2020 Volkswagen GTI models for sale near you

Which GTI is the Best?

A loaded 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI with the Autobahn package is pricey, but it comes with virtually everything the GTI has to offer, making it into arguably the best front-wheel-drive small car on sale today. It's good to see that the basic S trim comes with a good array of standard equipment, but we still think the basic SE trim is a good middle-ground choice. If only you could get it with the awesome plaid interior that comes in the S. Find a Volkswagen GTI for sale

How Much Does a 2020 Volkswagen GTI Cost?

The GTI comes in two different trim levels for 2020. Each trim comes standard with Wi-Fi capability, provided you subscribe to a data plan.

The S trim ($29,515) gets the ball rolling with 18-in alloy wheels, a limited-slip differential, LED fog lights, LED daytime running lights and LED taillights, a rear spoiler, heated side mirrors, heated front washer nozzles, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, air conditioning, plaid cloth upholstery (a GTI specialty), aluminum-look pedals, heated front seats with manual adjustment and power recline, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, ambient cabin lighting, 60/40-split folding rear seats with a central pass-through, a trip computer, a 6.5-in touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, a 6-speaker audio system, a USB port, a rearview camera, satellite radio and a new version of VW's Car-Net telematics system, which offers automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote vehicle access, stolen vehicle location and geofencing, which lets parents establish limits for teen drivers.

For 2020, the S gains forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert as standard. High-performance summer tires are a no-cost option.

SE ($33,115) adds a powered tilt-and-slide sunroof, adaptive LED headlights, leather seating surfaces and an 8-in touchscreen infotainment system.

There's no Autobahn trim level in 2020 -- it's now a package available on the SE trim. The $4,300 package brings navigation, a 12-way power adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar adjustment, automatic dual-zone climate control, a self-dimming rearview mirror, DCC adaptive damping (which includes adjustable shock absorbers and a larger rear anti-roll bar), a Fender audio system, a navigation system, front and rear parking sensors, lane-keeping assist, automated parallel and perpendicular parking, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control.

GTI Trims

HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Golf GTI 2.0T Autobahn DSG$37,295 / $35,8024 Cylinder Turbo22824 / 326-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf GTI 2.0T Autobahn Manual$36,495 / $35,0344 Cylinder Turbo228N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf GTI 2.0T S DSG$29,395 / $28,2194 Cylinder Turbo22824 / 326-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf GTI 2.0T S Manual$28,595 / $27,4524 Cylinder Turbo228N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf GTI 2.0T SE DSG$32,995 / $31,6754 Cylinder Turbo22824 / 326-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf GTI 2.0T SE Manual$32,195 / $30,9074 Cylinder Turbo228N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Volkswagen GTI Safety

Is the 2020 Volkswagen GTI a Safe Car?

The GTI comes standard with automatic emergency braking with forward-collision alert and pedestrian detection plus blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The Autobahn package adds front and rear parking sensors, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control. The basic safety equipment also includes anti-lock disc brakes, automatic hill hold, stability and traction control and front-side, side-curtain airbags and a driver's-side knee airbag. Volkswagen also includes as standard a post-collision braking feature that automatically applies the brakes after an impact to reduce the chances or severity of a second accident.

The GTI scored the maximum 5-star overall rating in crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, scoring four stars in front-impact tests and five stars in side-impact tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the GTI its highest score, Good, in all its major categories and named it a Top Safety Pick.

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5 Year Cost to Own

$39,709 ($0.53 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion7 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles
Maintenance2 Years/20,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System


2020 Volkswagen GTI vs the competition

2020 Hyundai Veloster N -- The Veloster N was new for 2019 and was the first bonafide performance edition of Hyundai's quirky 3-door Veloster hatchback. With an optional Performance Pack that nets a limited-slip differential, Brembo brakes, a variable exhaust system and a 25-hp bump (for a total of 275 hp), the Veloster N is tough to beat. And don't forget about Hyundai's industry-leading warranty.

2020 Honda Civic Si -- The Civic Si's engine isn't turbocharged and cranks out 205 horsepower -- modest by today's standards. A 6-speed manual is the only transmission. Sedan and coupe body styles are offered.

2020 Subaru WRX -- The WRX is sedan-only. All-wheel drive is standard, which is useful in bad weather and through corners. It has a lower-rent interior, though, and as a whole is badly in need of a redesign.

Used Volkswagen Golf R -- The Golf R is more powerful, and AWD comes standard. Otherwise, outside of some mild stylistic filigrees, the features are virtually the same as the GTI's. Given the typical reliability of an out-of-warranty German car, look for one with a warranty.

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