What are the Differences Between the VW Golf Models?

At Rowe Volkswagen Auburn, we understand that there is a diverse clientele in our market who have a variety of driving needs. One big benefit of being a Volkswagen dealership is that we can provide our customers with many vehicle options.

Take a look at the Golf, for example. There are many vehicles within our lineup that include the "Golf" name, but they're all a little different from each other. Let's break down the differences between the Golf, Golf R, Golf Alltrack, and Golf SportWagen to see which one will best suit your needs.

Golf

The Golf is the original hatchback model within this lineup. Here are a few top-level specs about the Volkswagen Golf:

  • Engine: 1.4L Turbo that offers 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque
  • Fuel Efficiency: EPA estimated 29 miles per gallon city, 37 highway
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Interior Volume: 93.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and 22.8 cubic feet of cargo volume

Golf R

The Golf R is a performance-focused hatchback. Here's what you can expect from the Golf R:

  • Engine: 2.0L TSI® engine that produces 288 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque
  • Fuel Efficiency: EPA estimated 21 miles per gallon city, 29 highway
  • Drivetrain: 4MOTION® all-wheel drive
  • Interior Volume: 93.5 cubic feet of passenger volume and 22.8 cubic feet of cargo volume

Golf Alltrack

While the Golf and Golf R are compact hatchbacks, the Golf Alltrack is better defined as a wagon. Below you will find the specifications of the Golf Alltrack:

  • Engine: 1.8L TSI engine with 168 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque
  • Fuel Efficiency: EPA estimated 21 miles per gallon city, 30 highway
  • Drivetrain: 4MOTION® all-wheel drive
  • Interior Volume: 94.3 cubic feet of passenger volume and 30.4 cubic feet of cargo volume

Golf SportWagen

The Golf SportWagen, as defined in its name, is another athletic wagon in the Volkswagen lineup. Read on to see how the Golf SportWagen compares to the rest:

  • Engine: Option between a 1.4L Turbo Engine or a 1.8L Turbo Engine. With the 1.4L drivers can expect 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The 1.8L engine produces 199 lb-ft of torque and 168 horsepower
  • Fuel Efficiency: With the 1.4L engine the Golf SportWagen gets an EPA estimated 29 miles per gallon city, 37 highway. The 1.8L engine decrease fuel efficiency but still gets an estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 31 highway
  • Drivetrain: Standard front-wheel drive, available 4MOTION® all-wheel drive
  • Interior Volume: 94.3 cubic feet of passenger volume and 30.4 cubic feet of cargo volume
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