Volkswagen Arteon vs. the Golf GTI: A Head to Head Comparison

July 15th, 2021 by

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Breaking Down These Two Top-of-the-Line VW Vehicles

So far in 2021, there’s been a ton of discussion about which Volkswagen vehicles are the most impressive. The award-winning VW Tiguan and the brand-new all-electric VW ID.4 certainly both deserve to be mentioned as relative leaders in a highly competitive class of SUVs. But you may be wondering what’s going on in the premium sedan and compact game. The Volkswagen Arteon and the Golf GTI are two of our most talked-about vehicles. In fact, many customers can’t decide between the two during the buying process, so we’re taking the time to break these two vehicles down in a side-by-side comparison.

The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon vs. the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI Main Specs

For the sake of keeping things on an even keel, we’re going to compare the base model of the 2021 VW Arteon to the base model of the 2021 VW Golf GTI. Please note that there are other higher-level trims available, but for this article we want to be as apples-to-apples as possible.

Price – Advantage Golf GTI

Although the luxurious VW Arteon is a steal starting at $36,995 MSRP, the Golf GTI clocks in at a budget-friendly $28,695 MSRP. If you’re going off cost and cost alone, the GTI is the way to go.

Engine and Fuel Economy – Advantage Arteon

Now it’s time to turn our attention to what really matters – what’s under the hood. Both the VW Golf GTI and Arteon both feature 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder engines, however, there is some variation between the performance in these two vehicles. Regarding fuel economy, the Arteon gets an estimated 22 city/32 highway whereas the Golf GTI gets 23 city/30 highway. Both vehicles have 258 lb-ft of torque, but where the Arteon really pulls ahead is in the horsepower department – 268 hp vs. the Golf GTI’s 228 hp. For those reasons, we give this one to the VW Arteon.

Acceleration – Advantage Golf GTI

When it comes to getting from zero to sixty in a hurry, you want to know you have the speediest whip in the game. The VW Arteon does well in that regard clocking in at 6.1 seconds, however, the Golf GTI just barely edges it out with a 5.6 second performance.

Interior space and Dimensions – Advantage Arteon

Exterior dimensions are more a matter of taste. Some people like smaller vehicles while others prefer to go big. The VW Arteon’s dimensions clock in at 191″ L x 74″ W x 57″ H while the Golf GTI is a bit more compact at 168″ L x 71″ W x 58″ H. Why we give the advantage to the Arteon is because of cargo space. It touts 27.2 cubic ft. of interior space (55 cubic feet with the seats folded down) vs. the Golf GTI’s lean 22.8 cubic ft. of interior space (52.7 cubic feet with the seats folded down).

Safety – Even

No matter which car you choose, you’ll never have to compromise on safety when it comes between picking an Arteon or Golf GTI. Both of them have the following safety features

  • Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution and Hydraulic Brake Assist
  • Crash-optimized front end
  • Driver and front passenger, front and side thorax airbag supplemental restraint system
  • Electronic Stability Control, Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock, and Engine Brake Assist
  • Front safety belts, height-adjustable, with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS)
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) child seat anchor points
  • Rear View Camera System
  • Side Curtain Protection® head airbags, front and rear
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Technology – Advantage Arteon

As previously mentioned, the Arteon is at a higher price point compared to the Golf GTI, and there’s a reason for that – features. Although both cars come stacked with features such as App-Connect (Apple CarPlay or Android Auto), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), and Blind Spot Monitor, there are some features the Arteon has that the Golf GTI doesn’t. For instance, the Arteon features one extra USB-C port (total of two), a larger color display at 8” (compared to the GTI’s 6.5” screen), and Volkswagen’s digital cockpit. These among other features put the Arteon slightly ahead in this head-to-head race.

Test Drive the VW Arteon or VW GTI Golf Today!

Now that you know the tale of the tape when comparing the Arteon to the GTI Golf, the next step is to take one of them (or both) for a test drive. Each of these offer a speedy sedan experience that are packed with the latest in safety and convenience features. You really can’t go wrong with either.

The best way to do this is by contacting your local Volkswagen dealer. You can either search the term “Volkswagen near me” or come to our dealership directly at VW Cypress, conveniently located at 19550 Northwest Fwy. in Houston. Get VIP access to our pipeline of hard-to-find vehicles by contacting us today. Send us a message using the Contact Us form to schedule an appointment today to test drive one of these exciting new vehicles.

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