Which Volkswagen Golf Goes the Fastest?

December 15th, 2016 by

Golf RWith so many different Golf models available, it is common to wonder which Volkswagen Golf goes the fastest. Since the Golf isn’t necessarily a sport-oriented vehicle, it can sometimes be a challenge to find top speed or acceleration information on certain models.

You should also keep in mind that every VW Golf will give you a fun driving experience with plenty of pep. If performance is truly important to you, however, then take a look at the following comparison.

Comparing Speed, Acceleration, and Power in the VW Golf

Golf S and Wolfsburg

The most common version of the Golf is the original Volkswagen model, which is available in two trims. Either way, it has a 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet. This model can go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 7.8 seconds.

Golf GTI

The Golf GTI, with its 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, goes even faster. This engine gives you 258 pound-feet of torque and 210 horsepower. When configured correctly, it can get up to 60 MPH in 5.9 seconds. According to some testing, the Golf GTI can reach 155 miles per hour.

Golf R

The Golf R is actually the fastest VW Golf variant thanks to its 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet. When paired with the 6-speed automated manual DSG, it only takes 5.3 seconds to reach 60 MPH. This model also has a top speed of 155 miles per hour.


While no one expects the Volkswagen e-Golf to be the fastest in the family, it is still included for the sake of comparison. Its permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor generates up to 199 pound-feet and 115 horsepower. When driving in Normal Mode, you will need 9.3 seconds to reach 60 MPH.

Golf SportWagen

The Golf SportWagen has a different body style than the others, but it is still a Golf. This model has 170 horsepower and 184 or 199 pound-feet of torque from its 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and a 0-to-60 time of 7 seconds.

Golf Alltrack

The newest model, the Golf Alltrack has the same 1.8-liter turbocharged engine as the SportWagen and regular Golf, meaning it isn’t the fastest, either. Despite that, it is still incredibly fun to drive and goes as fast as you will ever need on a daily basis.

Test-Drive a Golf to Feel Its Performance

Now that you have a better idea of which Golf models are the quickest, consider taking your favorite for a test drive at Street VW in Amarillo, Texas. No matter which Golf you choose to get behind the wheel of, you will be in for a fun driving experience that never shows any lack of power or acceleration.

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