2021 Volvo V60 vs. 2020 Volkswagen GTI

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Volkswagen GTI doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The V60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The GTI doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the V60 and GTI 4dr have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The GTI’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The V60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The GTI doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The GTI doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The V60 T8 Polestar has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The GTI doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The V60 offers an optional 360° Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The GTI only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The V60’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The GTI doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the V60 and the GTI have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

The Volvo V60 weighs 719 to 1140 pounds more than the Volkswagen GTI. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The V60’s corrosion warranty is 5 years and unlimited miles longer than the GTI’s (12/unlimited vs. 7/100,000).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 for 1 year and 16000 miles longer than Volkswagen pays for maintenance for the GTI (3/36,000 vs. 2/20,000).

Reliability

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The battery on the V60 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V60’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The GTI’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volvo 3 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The V60 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 22 more horsepower (250 vs. 228) than the GTI’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The V60 T8 Polestar’s standard 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid produces 187 more horsepower (415 vs. 228) and 236 lbs.-ft. more torque (494 vs. 258) than the GTI’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 Recharge running on electricity running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the GTI:

MPGe

V60

Auto

Electric Motor

70 city/68 hwy

GTI

MPG

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the V60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the GTI:

MPG

V60

FWD

Auto

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

AWD

Auto

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/33 hwy

GTI

FWD

Manual

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

Auto

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

The V60 T8 Polestar can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The GTI must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the V60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GTI doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the V60’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Volkswagen only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the GTI Automatic.

The V60 has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the GTI (15.9 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The V60 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The GTI doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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The Volvo V60 comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the GTI.

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Volvo V60, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the GTI.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V60 T8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the GTI:

V60 T8

GTI

Front Rotors

14.6 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.6 inches

12.2 inches

The V60 stops shorter than the GTI:

V60

GTI

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the V60 has larger tires than the GTI (235/45R18 vs. 225/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the V60 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The GTI’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the V60’s wheelbase is 9.5 inches longer than on the GTI (113.1 inches vs. 103.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the V60 is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than on the GTI.

Passenger Space

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The V60 has 1.1 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the GTI.

Cargo Capacity

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A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the V60. The GTI doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the V60’s power liftgate can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The GTI doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Towing

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The V60 has a 2000 lbs. towing capacity. The GTI has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The V60 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The GTI doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the V60, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The GTI doesn’t offer a memory system.

The V60 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The GTI doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The V60’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The GTI has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

If the windows are left open on the V60 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the GTI can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The V60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GTI doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the V60 is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The GTI’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The V60’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The GTI offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the V60 and the GTI offer available heated front seats. The V60 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the GTI.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the V60 Inscription keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The GTI doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the V60’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The GTI doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The V60 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the GTI.

The V60 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the GTI Autobahn.

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