With most automakers phasing out their smaller cars in favor of the increasingly popular SUV and crossover, Volkswagen hatchback cars are among the few remaining five-door compacts on the US market. The fact that they continue to sell well and stay popular in the face of heavy competition from the practical high-riders is a testament to their quality and the unique selling points they bring to the table. Thanks to their small dimensions, they are ideal city runabouts and their light weight, paired with competent engine options, make VW hatchbacks some of the fastest and most fun vehicles on the road.
There are only two Volkswagen hatchbacks to choose from for 2021, but that’s already a lot more than you’ll find in many other automaker’s stables. Both are based upon the same Golf platform, though different powertrains, interior styling, and feature lists set them apart. Unlike rivals such as the Toyota Prius, there is no hybrid option with the e-Golf ending production in 2019. AWD is not offered in any guise.
Though there are just a pair of Volkswagen hatchback models on the menu for 2021, the GTI is available in multiple trim levels. The base model will be discontinued for 2022, but the GTI will return alongside the Golf R, both in their eighth generation. Here are the MRSP prices for the current models when purchased new (contact your local dealer to find out about the cost to lease):
|Volkswagen Beetle||174 hp||2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas||$20,895|
|Volkswagen Golf||147 hp||1.4L Turbo Inline-4 Gas||$23,195|
|Volkswagen GTI||200 hp||2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas||$24,595|
|Volkswagen New Beetle||150 hp||2.5L Inline-5 Gas||$18,690|
|Volkswagen R32||250 hp||3.2L V6 Gas||$32,990|
|Volkswagen Rabbit||170 hp||2.5L Inline-5 Gas||$16,300|
|Volkswagen Golf GTI||228 hp||2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas||$28,695|
|Volkswagen Golf R||292 hp||2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas||$40,395|
|Volkswagen e-Golf||134 hp||Electric||$31,895|
There isn’t a lot of competition in the hatch segment in the US. Still, it is important to read reviews on prospective buys. Carbuzz’s buyer’s guide is an invaluable tool here, as aside from providing specs and packaging options, it also lets you compare direct rivals and leading brands against one another using the comparison tool. With that said, VW cars generally have a few things in common that set them apart from their competitors. Here are the advantages and disadvantages you can expect when you buy a Volkswagen hatchback.