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New BMW 220i vs VW Golf 8 GTI – The R89,200 difference

BMW recently launched the new 2 Series in South Africa, with the entry-level 220i starting at R771,900.

This asking price immediately brought to mind a comparison to the VW Golf 8 GTI, which starts at a lower R682,700.

These cars might have different body styles, but both are relatively new on the market and cater to the “enthusiast” crowd.

The Golf hatchback is not that unpractical compared to the 220i coupe, either, as it sits slightly higher off the ground, has two more doors, and only offers 16 litres less boot space.

Below, we compare the range-topping VW Golf against the entry-level BMW 2 Series to see the difference R89,200 makes.


The BMW 220i and VW Golf 8 GTI are sold at premium price points and accompanied by extensive feature sets as a result.

In the BMW, owners get an Alcantara/Sensatec artificial leather upholstery, front Sports seats, “Aluminium Tetragon” veneers, an M Leather multifunction steering wheel, the M Sport body kit, and an M Sport spoiler.

Additionally, push-button start, cruise control with braking function up to 30km/h, tri-zone climate control, ambient lighting, automatic bi-LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 10.25-inch central display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

In terms of practicality, the two-door coupe supports a maximum cargo capacity of 390 litres.

The GTI also offers tri-zone climate control, automatic LED lights, rain-sensing wipers, ambient lighting, cruise control, a sports leather multifunction steering wheel, and Vienna leather “Top Sports” front seats.

However, it gets an electrically-adjustable driver seat and heated front seats, too, as well as automatic high-beam control, keyless entry and start, and Black Metal Chrome interior highlights.

Furthermore, the top-end hatchback comes with all-round parking sensors, a wireless charger, driver fatigue detection, auto brake hold, LED fog lights, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, and an 8.25-inch infotainment display with smartphone mirroring support.

Cargo capacity for the Golf is rated at a slightly lower 374 litres.


Both these sporty cars are fitted with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol motor.

Their power output is quite different, though:

  • VW Golf 8 GTI – 180kW and 370Nm
  • BMW 220i – 135kW and 300Nm

The Golf delivers power to the front wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission – as opposed to the 220i’s eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox that drives the rear wheels.

These configurations result in a 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.4 seconds and top speed of 250km/h for the GTI. The 220i comes in at a slower 7.5 seconds and 237km/h.

The 220i does have a lower combined fuel consumption of 6.3l/100km, however, with the Golf GTI returning a rating of 7.0l/100km.

The rear-wheel-drive BMW with its M Sport suspension and variable sports steering might then seem like the more traditional driver’s car, but VW has ensured the Golf 8 GTI will have exciting handling and driving characteristics, too.

In order to achieve this, the hatchback features a new Vehicle Dynamics Manager, an electronically-controlled front locking differential, and sports suspension that improves handling compared to previous GTIs and eliminates the grip disadvantages of front-wheel-drive cars, said VW.


The new BMW 220i Coupe M Sport has a South African starting price of R771,900.

Included in the price is a 5-year/100,000km BMW Motorplan.

The VW Golf 8 GTI has a South African starting price of R682,700.

Along with this you get a 3-year/120,000km warranty and a 5-year/90,000km service plan.

BMW 220i Coupe M Sport

VW Golf 8 GTI

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