2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI in Elgin, IL

Rear left side of a Volkswagen Golf GTI in white color, highlighting the GTI logo

Ever since the model’s U.S. debut in 1983, America has carved out a special spot in its collective heart for the Volkswagen Golf GTI. And that spot has only gotten warmer over time. Since the beloved hatchback’s redesign for the 2015 model year, the Golf GTI has received more than a dozen awards. Now, for 2020, the original hot hatch carries forward its vaunted, somewhat intimidating tradition while receiving new technology and driver-assistance features to help it along.

Refined, stylish, powerful and playful are just a few adjectives that perfectly encapsulate the spirit of this machine. Not least, the 2020 Golf GTI remains affordable, packing overflowing levels of value throughout. No matter which 2020 VW Golf GTI you choose, you’ll be getting a machine still crafted with love.

Read on below for more highlights of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

New Compact Hatchback in Elgin, IL

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes in two trim levels: S and SE. For 2020, the next-generation iteration of the VW Car-Net® infotainment system, along with a Wi-Fi hotspot, have been standardized. Note that the hotspot does require a data subscription to utilize.

There has also been what Volkswagen calls a “modest value realignment:” previously optional driver assistance features, including front assist, blind spot monitor, and rear traffic alert, are now standard on all models. Of course, the VW warranty has also changed for the current year, for both better and worse. We’ve covered this change in detail on our blog.

As a whole, the 2020 model of the Golf GTI is predicted to be rounding out the life cycle of the current generation of the model.


As always, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI excels in performance. Its beloved compact, turbocharged, 2.0-liter TSI® direct-injection engine pumps out 228 horsepower while providing a delicious balance of performance, efficiency and drivability. Pressing down on the gas delivers instant, tangible response at a solid pace of acceleration. All the while, the engine may find itself beautifully manipulated by the esteemed optional dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Handling is nimble and responsive, while cornering is lovely. The whole experience is well-coordinated and delightfully predictable. Brakes deliver firm, progressive stopping power. Overall, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI is simply a blast to operate.

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