What is the difference between the Golf, Golf Alltrack, GTI, and R?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, Model Information, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Volkswagen Golf R on Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 7:37 am
Blue 2019 Volkswagen Golf sits near a beach, providing an exterior front/side angled view.

2019 Volkswagen Golf vs Alltrack vs GTI vs R

There are several variations of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf out there, all with different monikers. It can be hard to keep straight what they all specialize in.

To help out, we’ve compared four of them here: the 2019 Volkswagen Golf, 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI, and 2019 Volkswagen Golf R.

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Let’s start with what these vehicles have in common. They all:

  • Have five doors
  • Seat five people
  • Are fun to drive

Beyond that, they specialize in different things. The 2019 Golf Alltrack emphasizes cargo room with its wagon style. The 2019 Golf GTI emphasizes performance, while the 2019 Golf R ups performance even further and adds in luxury touches and creature comforts.

Now let’s look at how the stats and figures compare:

Volkswagen 2019 Golf 2019 Golf Alltrack 2019 Golf GTI 2019 Golf R
Starting MSRP $21,845 $26,895 $27,595 $40,395
Fuel-Economy (combined) 32 mpg 24 mpg 27 mpg 24 mpg
Horsepower 147 hp 168 hp 228 hp 288 hp
Trim Levels 2 3 4 1
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive
Cargo Volume 17.4 cubic feet 30.4 cubic feet 53.7 cubic feet 52.7 cubic feet
Cargo Volume with Seats Folded 52.7 cubic feet 66.5 cubic feet 53.7 cubic feet 52.7 cubic feet

Which 2019 Golf model is right for me?

The 2019 VW Golf Alltrack comes in a wagon format and specializes in providing additional cargo room. It’s the longest vehicle by about a foot, which helps open it up to a bigger chunk of cargo volume. The Alltrack is the way to go if you’re planning on loading in a lot of cargo, although all variations of the Golf perform respectively in this area.

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI emphasizes performance; having basically invented the idea of the “hot hatch” the GTI is widely praised for its athletic driving, appealing technology, and luxurious cabin.  After all these years, it still elegantly weds fun driving with practicality and a great price; all this helps explain how the 2019 VW Golf GTI comes in at number one on US News’s compact cars ranking.

Finally, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R brings even more impressive performance while integrating a bevy of luxurious touches, accents, and all the best of the top trims from the other 2019 Golf vehicles. You can think of this as the hot hatch refined and taken to the next level.

Exterior rear angled shot of a blue 2019 Volkswagen Golf R driving down a highway at night.

What comes standard on the 2019 Volkswagen Golf R?

To illustrate, here are some of the standard features on the 2019 VW Golf R:

  • KESSY USB ports
  • HD and Satellite Radio
  • Navigation System with voice activation
  • 9-speaker audio system
  • Leather seat trim
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • LED headlights
  • Proximity key
  • And more!

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