differences between 2016 vw beetle r-line vs 2016 vw golf gti

See the Similarities and Differences Between the 2016 Beetle R-Line and Golf GTI

2016 VW Beetle R-Line vs 2016 VW Golf GTI

Drivers looking for a sportier driving experience will likely be drawn to the Beetle R-Line and Golf GTI. Few seem to realize the exhilarating ride the Beetle can offer, particularly when equipped with the sporty features of the R-Line trim. That’s why we’re matching up the iconic VW bug with Volkswagen’s thrilling hot hatch in this comparison of the 2016 VW Beetle R-Line vs 2016 VW Golf GTI.

Before looking at the differences between these two models, let’s discuss a few things that are actually similar. For one, both models provide hatchback cargo capabilities, helping them to remain versatile despite being a blast to drive. Both models also come with a powerful engine that delivers 210 horsepower, though figures for torque do differ. ¬†Below you’ll see comparison between both models, with the Beetle R-Line on the left and Golf GTI on the right (Beetle R-Line on the top and Golf GTI on the bottom for mobile readers).

[Related: Learn more details about both models by clicking here]

Differences Between 2016 Beetle vs 2016 Golf GTI

Engine Specs and Performance

Both models come equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that puts you in control of 210 horsepower, but when it comes to torque, the Golf GTI actually delivers more. The GTI also is available with a Performance Package that can boost horsepower to 220. The GTI also appears to offer a little better fuel economy. That being said, both the Beetle R-Line and Golf GTI offer both a DSG transmission in addition to the manual, meaning both allow you to take control of the vehicle’s performance.

2016 vw beetle in white

Horsepower: 210 @ 5300 rpm

Torque: 207 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

23 city/31 hwy

Transmission: MT, DSG

2016 vw golf gti in black

Horsepower: 210 @ 4500 rpm

Torque: 258 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

25 city/34 hwy

Transmission: MT, DSG

Interior Space

When it comes to your comfort, both models should be able to keep you comfortable on any drive. That being said, the Beetle R-Line actually offers a little more room for the driver and front passenger in terms of both total volume and legroom. For serious cargo carrying, however, the Golf GTI will likely be your best option.

2016 vw beetle interior space

Front Passenger Volume: 52.1 cu. ft.

Front Legroom: 41.3 in.

Cargo Volume: Up to 29.9 cu. ft.

2016 vw golf gti interior space

Front Passenger Volume: 51.2 cu. ft.

Front Legroom: 41.2 in.

Cargo Volume: Up to 52.7 cu. ft.


These two models are similarly priced, and it’s up to you to decide which vehicle you can get the most value out of. What really impresses us, however, is that even though the Beetle R-Line is a top level trim for the iconic Bug, it starts at nearly the same price as the base GTI, despite all the extra bells and whistles.

2016 vw beetle pricingMSRP: $25,995
2016 vw golf gti pricingMSRP: $24,995 (two-door/order only), $25,595

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With all of this in mind, we can’t forget that each vehicle has its own unique look. Features like the Kaferfach glovebox in the Beetle R-Line are unique in the same way as the GTI’s Clark plaid seats. Sure, you can go with the Golf GTI for the horsepower boost or impressive cargo space, or select the Beetle R-Line for its unique design inside and out, great value and excellent interior space. No matter which way you lean when comparing the differences between the 2016 VW Beetle R-Line vs 2016 VW Golf GTI, you’ll come out a winner with an exhilarating driving experience. Contact us at Neftin Volkswagen to learn more.