2020 Volkswagen Golf Trim Levels

2020 Volkswagen Golf blue driving down hilly road in city turning slightly

When the 2019 Volkswagen Golf launched, it came in two different trims, the S and SE trim levels, each coming with the same turbocharged engine and either a manual or automatic transmission. The story is not the same for the 2020 version of the Golf. There is only one trim level for the hatchback, since the eGolf, Golf GTI, Golf R and the station wagon style Golf vehicles are considered different models entirely.

The 2020 model year of the Volkswagen Golf still has a name for its one-and-only trim level, TSI. Like the year before it, it has the option for a manual transmission or an automatic transmission. Beyond that, the 2020 Volkswagen Golf TSI is still a neat little hatchback that treats the segment generously. The chart that follows describes the highlights of the 2020 Volkswagen Golf TSI so you know what you’re getting if you’re shopping for a new hatchback.

Engine & Performance 

Entertainment & Convenience 

Safety & Comfort 

1.4L Inline 4-Cylinder Engine  6-Speaker Stereo Sound System  Pre- and Post-Collision Safety System with Emergency Braking Assist 
147 Horsepower  Memory Card Slot, USB Audio Input  Blind Spot Warning Accident Avoidance System 
184 lb-ft of Torque  Keyless Ignition  Passenger Seat Occupant Sensing Airbag Deactivation 
29 City/35 Highway/32 Combined MPG  Leatherette Steering Wheel  Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags, with Front and Rear Head Airbags 

Trim Level Comparison

Obviously, since there are no other trim levels to compare the 2020 Volkswagen Golf TSI against, there is no way to say which trim level is best, but the TSI does offer some features not normally available on base level trims. The safety features are generous for the price range the Golf finds itself in, but the only thing drivers will really miss is an infotainment system.

Despite being a 2020 vehicle, the Volkswagen Golf TSI does not have an infotainment system. This may actually be a plus for many hatchback buyers who plan to put an after-market sound system and radio into the vehicle anyway. The turbocharged engine should provide quick access to decent acceleration and put a little excitement into daily driving.

Automatic vs Manual Transmission

  • Automatic Transmission: Built for 8 speeds. Transmission, cruise, and audio controls are mounted onto the steering wheel.
  • Manual Transmission: Built for 6 Speeds. The steering wheel on the manual obviously has a different configuration as the transmission controls are handled by the shifter. Still, the steering wheel is home to the cruise and audio controls.