2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI S vs GTI Sport

differently, and main pages flaunt a mix of the ideal features offered, and then the pricing of the absolute lowest trim level. You have to dig deep to find what you get for the listed price, although Volkswagen tends to be a bit more user-friendly than most. Even so, you might want to find a quick resource comparing the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI S vs GTI Sport trims. Today we’re looking at the two grades that start off the model so you can quickly see if it worth paying more to upgrade.

In most cases, a trim level difference won’t mean much more than added convenience features like improved infotainment functions or flashier lighting, but the Golf GTI is the hot hatch version of the popular Golf model. This means an upgrade from the base model S to the second trim Sport results in improved performance parts.

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GTI S vs GTI Sport
$25,595 Starting MSRP $27,995
210hp Horsepower 220hp
No VAQ front limited-slip differential lock Yes
12.3” vented front disc/10.7” solid rear disc Brakes 13.4” vented front disc/12.2” vented rear discs

Is it worth upgrading to the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Sport?

It’s undeniable that we consider our banks accounts first when choosing a car, but at the same time a slight bump in price seems insignificant if it’s worth the upgrades. After all, most options aren’t available to add on at a later date. As you can see in the chart, the most significant additions to the Sport trim are performance brakes and a limited-slip differential, but there are a few other highlights that add style and convenience to the higher trim level.

Golf GTI S highlights: 

  • 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic
  • LED foglights
  • 18-inch Austin alloy wheels
  • Car-Net App-Connect
  • Bluetooth w/audio streaming
  • Rearview camera system
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen sound system
  • Driving mode selection
  • Performance monitor
  • Multi-function sport steering wheel
  • Ambient door trim accent lighting
  • Clark Plaid cloth seating
  • Heated front seats

Golf GTI Sport highlights:

  • Adds to or upgrades S features
  • Gloss-black exterior mirrors
  • VAQ limited-slip differential lock
  • Performance brakes
  • Bi-Xenon headlights
  • 18-inch Nogaro wheels
  • Keyless access w/push-button start

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI remains a fan favorite because of its sublte styling and fun driving dynamic. You can see that for its price, it offers premium features from the start, including App-Connect and driving mode selection. Every feature you see in the base model is also present on the Sport trim, or otherwise upgraded.

We think the performance brakes and VAQ differential lock are worth the upgrade, along with the 10-horsepower boost, but you can decide for yourself when you stop by Elgin Volkswagen for a test drive.

2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clark Plaid Seating
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Push-Button Start
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Interior
2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI Red Brake Caliper

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