Which Volkswagen Golf Should You Buy?

It is no doubt the Volkswagen Golf is the most popular hatchback in the VW family. Many buyers looking for a Volkswagen know they want Golf but will not readily point out which one to buy. Here are different Volkswagen Golf models, their specs and why you should buy them.

Classic VW Golf

This is the first model of the Golf. Why is it loved?

  • High fuel efficiency
  • Upscale interior
  • Impressive cargo space


  • 7 cubic feet of cargo space
  • Turbocharged engine generating 170 HP and 199 lb.-ft. torque

This is a good quality car for a person with a limited budget. It starts at $20,175 for the 4-door model.

Golf SportWagen

This Golf model takes on the SUV crossover look with an elongated body and a roomy cargo hold. It offers more modern features. Buy this car if:

  • Are looking for long distance drives with good fuel mileage
  • Are looking for a roomy family car with a sporty performance


  • A turbocharged engine producing 170 HP and 199 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 5 cubic feet of cargo hold
  • 36 Miles per Gallon

Volkswagen e-Golf

This is VW’s electric model. Buy it if:

  • Have a short commute
  • Are looking for an experience with a good performance car


  • Electric engine producing 115 HP and 199 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 3 driving modes- Eco+, Eco and Normal
  • Electric engine range of 83 miles

This car is only available in select states including California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont or Washington D.C.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

This is the Golf version for drivers looking for a sportier performance. Buy if:

  • Are looking for a hatchback that can hold its own on the road
  • Enjoy sporty driving once in a while
  • Are looking for performance with functionality


  • Driving mode selection
  • Sports specs suspensions
  • Turbocharged engine generating 210 HP (220HP with performance package), and 258 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 7 cubic feet of cargo space

Buy this car if you like revving up on the highway once in a while in a car that you can use in your usual commute.

Volkswagen Golf R

This Gold model packs more punch than the GTI. It is also the priciest of the Golfs. You will want it if:

  • You are looking for more performance features


  • All-wheel drive called 4-Motion in the VW
  • XDS+ four differential locking
  • Turbocharged engine generating 292 HP and 280 lb.-ft. of torque

This is the car for a true racer looking for a stock car that can race with the best.