2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI Exterior and Dimensions

Volkswagen Golf GTI Exterior Design Rating

2023 Golf GTI Exterior

The exterior of the Mk8 VW Golf GTI hatchback is sharp and we like it. At the front, the car features adaptive LED headlights, LED foglights with a cornering function, and a large honeycomb grille. We love the foglights' checkered-flag appearance. The long LED daytime running lights give the GTI a menacing look. The rear end sports LED taillights and a big diffuser with a pair of polished exhaust tips incorporated into the design. S and SE models ride on 18-inch five-spoke wheels, while the 40th Anniversary Edition gets black 19-inch alloys with red accents borrowed from the European GTI Clubsport 45, black mirror caps, and a choice of four paint colors with a contrasting black roof. The Autobahn gets diamond-turned 19-inch alloys. The SE and Autobahn models also get a power sunroof.

2023 Golf GTI Exterior Photos

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2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI Front Angle View
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2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI Front View


The 2023 VW Golf GTI is classified as a compact five-door hatchback, measuring 168.8 inches in length and 70.4 inches in width without the mirrors. The GTI is significantly shorter than the Honda Civic Type R or the Mazda 3 Hatchback. The GTI is 57.6 inches tall and has a ground clearance of 4.7 inches - all dimensions that are relatively similar to the Mk7 that came before. The five-door hatch tips the scales at 3,133 pounds with the manual gearbox and 3,206 with the dual-clutch automatic transmission.

2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI Exterior Dimensions:

Volkswagen Golf GTI TrimsS40th Anniversary EditionSEAutobahn
Max Width70.4 in.70.4 in.70.4 in.70.4 in.
Length168.8 in.168.8 in.168.8 in.168.8 in.
Height57.6 in.57.6 in.57.6 in.57.6 in.
Wheelbase103.6 in.103.6 in.103.6 in.103.6 in.

2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI Weight Information:

Volkswagen Golf GTI TrimsCurb Weight
S3,113 - 3,190 lbs.
40th Anniversary Edition3,113 - 3,190 lbs.
SE3,113 - 3,190 lbs.
Autobahn3,113 - 3,190 lbs.

2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI Tires:

Front TireP225/40HR18
Rear TireP225/40HR18
Spare TireCompact

2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI Wheels:

Wheels TypeAluminum Wheels
Front Wheel Size18" x 7.5"
Rear Wheel Size18" x 7.5"

Exterior Colors

The GTI has never been an in-your-face type of hot hatch and has traditionally been offered in a range of mature yet attractive exterior paint colors. The 2023 GTI in base form is available in six colors. Atlantic Blue Metallic, Reflex Silver Metallic, and Deep Black Pearl are no-cost options while Kings Red Metallic will set you back $395, as will Moonstone Gray and Opal White. The limited-run 40th Anniversary Edition gets its own unique color palette of four hues - Pomelo Yellow Metallic, Opal White Pearl, Tornado Red, and Urano Gray - all paired with a contrasting black roof.

  • Opal White Pearl +$395
  • Moonstone Gray +$395
  • Kings Red Metallic +$395
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Reflex Silver Metallic
  • Atlantic Blue Metallic
  • Opal White w/Black Roof
  • Urano Gray w/Black Roof
  • Tornado Red w/Black Roof
  • Polemo Yellow w/Black Roof

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