How Are the Golf GTI Trims Different?

December 12th, 2017 by

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Trims

Just a few short years ago, the Golf GTI had different options for a boosted engine. Now, the model comes standard with the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Horsepower has received a 10-hp boost to 220, making the model better than ever. Aside from the new People First Warranty and addition of the start-stop system on DSG-equipped models, other changes to the 2018 Golf GTI are primarily seen through additional fresh features on higher trims. Here’s what you need to know.

2018 VW Golf GTI S, SE and Autobahn

The trim hierarchy for the 2018 VW Golf GTI has been slimmed down to just three options, the S, SE and Autobahn. The vehicle is no longer offered in two-door variations, which simplifies things even further.

Standard features found in the S trim include:

  • LED DRLs and taillights
  • Rearview camera
  • Driving Mode Selection
  • 5-inch touchscreen infotainment
  • Cruise control
  • Power windows and locks
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Clark Plaid cloth seating
  • LED foglights
  • Heated front seats

Standard features in the SE include:

  • LED headlights
  • Adaptive Front Lighting System
  • Torque-sensing limited-slip VAQ differential
  • Sunroof
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring
  • Keyless access w/push-button start
  • 8-inch touchscreen

Standard features in the Autobahn include:

  • Fender Audio
  • Park Distance Control
  • Parking Steering Assistant
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • High Beam Control
  • Navigation
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Adaptive cruise control

Keep in mind that trims build upon the features of the ones before them. That said, the SE includes all the features of the S or upgrades them. Likewise, the Autobahn has the same or better features than the SE.

All models also benefit from the new Volkswagen People First Warranty, which offers six years or 72,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage against manufacturer defects.

Do you have any questions about the 2018 VW Golf GTI? Leave us a comment here at the Brandon Volkswagen Blog.

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