2019 Golf GTI and 2019 Golf R Comparison
The Volkswagen Golf is an icon. It’s one of the most produced vehicles. Ever. The Golf GTI, when it was introduced back in 1975, single-handedly pioneered the concept of a hot hatch. Nowadays, its much more common to see performance-focused hatchbacks, but we’d like to take some time to appreciate the originals.
Today, we’re looking at the newest performance iterations of the iconic Volkswagen Golf, the limited-edition 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Rabbit and the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R. This isn’t a comparison to see which is objectively better, but more an evaluation of the strengths of each.
Here are the differences between the 2019 Golf GTI and the 2019 Golf R.
2019 Golf GTI vs 2019 Golf R Specs
2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Rabbit
2019 Volkswagen Golf R
|2.0L turbo 4-cyl||Engine||2.0L turbo 4-cyl|
|228 hp / 258 lb-ft||Horsepower / Torque||288 hp / 280 lb-ft|
|7-speed automated-manual or 6-speed manual||Transmission||7-speed automated-manual or 6-speed manual|
2019 Golf GTI
The 2019 Golf GTI features the same tight handling and performance that you’ve come to expect from the GTI line. It pairs a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission or 6-speed manual with a capable 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It’s also quite feature-rich, with a limited-slip front differential, automatic wipers, LED foglights, heated mirrors and seats, and ambient interior lighting. It’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. Automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are standard. The Rabbit Edition has special interior badging and upholstery, among other things.
2019 Golf R
The 2019 Golf R doesn’t mess around. It has the same transmission options as the GTI, but they are paired with a more powerful version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. To go along with that improved performance, the Golf R also has AWD, adaptive suspension dampers, and performance tires. Despite the racing capability, the Golf R has all the bells and whistles you’d expect on top-tier vehicle, like a leather upholstery, a premium audio system, and dual-zone automatic climate control. When it comes to safety, the R has everything the GTI has, plus front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning and mitigation, pedestrian detection lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.