2020 Volkswagen GTI

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  • Sporty handling that's lots of fun
  • Lots of space for passengers and cargo
  • Optional adaptive suspension to improve comfort
  • Interior materials look and feel great


  • Higher trim levels only add style, not performance
  • Parking sensors can be a little too sensitive

Mileage (EPA estimate)

24 city, 31 highway, 27 combined

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Sporty, fun, and practical hatchback.

An exciting and attractive vehicle that's fun to drive, the 2020 Volkswagen GTI is a sporty compact car that's great for everyday driving around town as well as thrilling rides on the open road. Car enthusiasts will undoubtedly love this hatchback, as it's capable of delivering a spirited performance thanks to a potent engine lineup and numerous features aimed at enhancing the way it handles. It can seat five passengers and has a comfortable and refined cabin with many convenience and entertainment features. The 2020 Volkswagen GTI is powered by a standard 2.0L four-cylinder engine, in combination with a six-speed manual transmission. It's offered in three trim configurations and front-wheel drive is standard. If sportiness and functionality are among your priorities, then the 2020 Volkswagen GTI might just be the perfect choice for you.

All Volkswagen GTI years

New for 2020

  • The Rabbit Edition trim has been discontinued for 2020.
  • GTI trims have been upgraded with Rear Spoiler as standard equipment this year.
  • Remote Start, Leatherette Seats, and Full Roof Rack features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The S trim now comes with Parking Sensors, Blind Spot Monitor, and Panoramic Sunroof as standard equipment.
  • The SE trim now comes with Parking Sensors and CD Audio as standard equipment.

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Autobahn 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Fender Audio
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Manual Transmission
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Remote Start

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.2"/R 35.6"

Head room

F 38.4"/R 38.1"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity



Manual 6

5 reasons to buy the 2020 Volkswagen GTI

1. Exciting performance

2020 Volkswagen GTI Review: Engine | CarMax

One of the most appealing things about the 2020 Volkswagen GTI is the fact that it's a high-performance vehicle capable of delivering a thrilling ride. It's powered by a standard turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder paired to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, generating 228 hp. It's fast and fun to drive, accelerates quickly, and delivers a dynamic and sporty ride. It goes from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155 mph (according to the manufacturer when new).

2. Nice interior

2020 Volkswagen GTI Review: Front seats | CarMax

Apart from the excitement coming from under the hood, there is a lot to be said about the cabin of the 2020 Volkswagen GTI as well. It has a roomy and refined interior, offering a fair amount of comfort to passengers. Heated front seats are standard for all trims, as is synthetic leather, with real leather upholstery available as an option. With 35.6 inches of legroom and 38 inches of headroom, passengers in the second row will sit comfortably and won't feel cramped even during longer trips.

3. Standard tech features

2020 Volkswagen GTI Review: Touchscreen display | CarMax

For optimal comfort, the 2020 Volkswagen GTI is equipped with various connectivity and convenience features. It comes standard with an infotainment system featuring a 6.5-inch touchscreen and smartphone integration, along with Bluetooth® connectivity and a USB port. On top of that, it's offered with attractive options such as dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, satellite radio, and navigation.

4. Good cargo capacity

2020 Volkswagen GTI Review: Trunk | CarMax

While hauling tons of cargo may not be the first thing you think of when talking about a car such as the 2020 Volkswagen GTI, it's still an important factor to take into account. This hatchback offers plenty of room for cargo in the trunk, with 22.8 cu-ft of space for all your bags and gear. When you fold down the second-row seats, the total cargo capacity increases to 52.7 cu-ft, which is comparable to some compact mid-size SUVs.

5. Driver-assistance technology

2020 Volkswagen GTI Review: Steering wheel and dashboard | CarMax

If you are looking for a car with advanced technology to make driving easier and help you navigate various traffic situations better, then the 2020 Volkswagen GTI fits your needs perfectly. It comes standard with several driver-assistance features that are only available as an option on many of its counterparts. For instance, it's equipped with forward automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning, as well as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. Pedestrian detection, another useful and practical feature, is also part of the standard equipment.

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The Ford Focus ST is a dynamic and powerful hatchback with room for five. Models from 2017–2018 are powered by a 252-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine and deliver exciting performance distinguished by responsive steering and sharp handling. It's the performance-oriented version of the practical Ford Focus and comes with lots of standard features, including:

  • A 4.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system

  • 18-inch alloy wheels

  • Performance brakes

  • Electronic limited-slip differential

  • Front sport seats

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Ratings & reliability

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Above Average

RepairPal gave the Volkswagen GTI an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Volkswagen GTI 42nd out of 44 among Compact Cars.

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2020 Volkswagen GTI trims

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  • Comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity, heated front seats, forward collision warning, and more.


  •  Adds upgrades such as an eight-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, leather seats, a sunroof, and much more.


  • Includes adaptive suspension dampers, front and rear parking sensors, navigation, and a premium stereo system.

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Color options

2020 Volkswagen GTI Review: Color options | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Dark Iron Blue Metallic

  • Deep Black Pearl

  • Pure White

  • Tornado Red

  • White Silver Metallic

Interior colors:

  • Titan Black

Interior details

The 2020 Volkswagen GTI has an upscale and spacious interior, with room for five and lots of tech features, as well as storage options. It comes standard with cloth upholstery for the base trim, but leather is standard on the SE and the Autobahn trims. It has a total of 52.7 cu-ft of cargo space behind the front seats, and 22.8 cu-ft behind the second row.

Child seat details

Two sets of lower anchors are available on the rear seats of the 2020 Volkswagen GTI, along with three tether anchors. They are easily reachable, and you will have no trouble installing child seats on them. You can install a forward-facing convertible, an infant seat, a rear-facing convertible, and a booster seat.


The 2020 Volkswagen GTI is offered with a standard 228-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is also available. With this standard engine, it goes from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 155 mph (when new). It gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined.

Year comparison

2010–2014 Volkswagen GTI (Sixth Generation)

The sixth-generation Volkswagen GTI was in production from 2010 through 2014. It was powered by a 200-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine and was available in a two- and a four-door variant. A Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) was available as an option, apart from the standard six-speed manual transmission.

2015–2021 Volkswagen GTI (Seventh Generation)

Offered in three trim configurations, the seventh-generation Volkswagen GTI uses an all-new platform and a new turbocharged 2.0L engine delivering 220 hp. Its overall weight is 92 lbs lower than the previous generation thanks to the new MQB platform.

2022–present Volkswagen GTI (Eighth Generation)

The current, eighth-generation Volkswagen GTI started with the 2022 model year. It's only offered as a four-door hatchback, with the introduction of adjustable dampers and a revised suspension as some of the most notable upgrades over the predecessor.

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