A comparison of the 2019 VW Golf & VW Golf GTI


The Golf has been a hallmark of the Volkswagen brand for decades, with a large fan base earned from the Golf's reputation of versatility. This versatility lies in the Golf's ability to provide both heart-racing performance and day-to-day dependability and functionality. If this compact car has you interested, read through our Fox VW expert's Volkswagen Golf vs. Golf GTI comparison guide to learn how these models stack up against to each other. For the purposes of this comparison, we will be looking at the 2019 VW Golf SE, starting at $24,145 MSRP, and the 2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit Edition, starting at $28,895 MSRP.

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While the entire Golf lineup is known for its peppy power, not all models are created equal. The Golf SE provides respectable performance figures accompanied by impressive fuel efficiency, but the GTI really shines with a lightning-quick 228 HP and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.Check the table below for differences between Golf and Golf GTI performance specs.

2019 VW Golf SE


2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit Edition

1.4L Turbocharged I4


2.0L I4

147 HP


228 HP

184 lb.-ft.


258 lb.-ft.

29 MPG city/37 MPG hwy

Fuel Efficiency

24 MPG city/32 MPG hwy

The dashboard on the 2019 VW Golf
A man driving the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI


Both the SE and GTI deliver high-end tech and premium upholstery, keeping you connected and content no matter where you're travelling. Look through the table below to see the model specific features of each trim.

2019 VW Golf Model

Interior Features

2019 VW Golf SE

  • Leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped gearshift knob
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • V-Tex Leatherette Seating Surfaces
  • Heated front seats
  • 6-way partial power-adjustable front seats
  • Front seats with adjustable lumbar support
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat with center armrest

2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit Edition

All Golf SE features and/or:

  • Manual air-conditioning
  • GTI Rabbit Edition floor mats and seat tag
  • Illuminated door sills and interior ambient lighting
  • Clark Plaid cloth seating surfaces
  • Heated front seats

Blind spot monitoring light on the 2019 VW Golf


Equipped with plenty of modern tech, the SE and GTI have the features you need and the connectivity you want. Check the following table to see which tech features are included in each model.

2019 VW Golf Model

Tech Features

2019 VW Golf SE

  • Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect
  • Bluetooth®
  • Rear View Camera System
  • Composition Media touchscreen sound system with 8-in. color display, proximity sensor, MP3/WMA CD player, AM/FM/HD radio, and voice control
  • SiriusXM®
  • Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist)
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Pedestrian Monitoring (included in Front Assist)

2019 VW Golf GTI Rabbit Edition

Includes all SE features and/or:

  • Composition Color touchscreen sound system with 6.5in. color display, and AM/FM radio

What Does GTI Stand For?

GTI stands for Grand Touring Injection, signifying the incorporation of a fuel injection system on this model, as well as its overall performance boost. Fuel injection systems are designed to deliver a precise amount of fuel and air into the engine's cylinders to provide peak performance under the current engine load. Fuel injection results in higher power output, better fuel efficiency, and lower emission levels.

A black 2019 VW Golf GTI driving out of the city

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