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How Much Horsepower Does A Volkswagen Have? (All Models)

Volkswagen is known for its quality, and while it may not be a luxury brand, they produce comfortable rides accompanied by innovative technology and excellent trims.

They’ve also given us some iconic cars, such as the VW Transporter (bus) and the Beetle. Now their Golf and Jetta models are everywhere. But how much horsepower does a Volkswagen have?

The average Volkswagen has 225 horsepower. The model with the most horsepower is the Golf R with 315 hp, and the Volkswagen Jetta SE has the least horsepower with 158 hp.

Volkswagen has entered the electric market with its ID range. At the moment, it’s all about the ID.4, but previews of the ID.7 have people looking forward to 2024 when it is slated to go on sale.

Meanwhile, the Golf R and Golf GTI continue to delight after their major redesign in 2022, giving the Golf R unprecedented horsepower. But the Arteon isn’t too far behind when it comes to punch. 

Let’s go through the horsepower of all the available Volkswagen models.

The Horsepower Of Every Volkswagen Model

Traditionally, Volkswagen’s are bought for their quality, not their performance. While that remains true to this day, the manufacturer has been making strides to improve their figures.

Take their Golf R, for instance, which can go from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. The Arteon SEL isn’t too shabby either, going from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds. 

Thus, Volkswagen is beginning to pull in some respectable figures for cars that were never known for their speed or punch. Even their economical Jetta is improving, with the GLI going 0-60 in 6.1 seconds. 

The following table indicates how much horsepower Volkswagens base models have:

VW ModelHorsepower
Arteon SEL Premium R-Line300 hp
Atlas SE235 hp
Atlas Cross Sport SE235 hp
Golf GTI SE241 hp
Golf R315 hp
ID.4 Pro201 hp
Jetta SE158 hp
Jetta GLI228 hp
Taos SE158 hp
Tiguan SE184 hp

Here are the Volkswagen models in more detail.

Volkswagen Arteon

The Volkswagen Arteon is a slick-looking sedan that offers more space than many SUVs on the market, especially regarding cargo room. The SEL line has a 4Motion 2.0 TSI engine. Thus, its horsepower has some punch at 300 hp @ 5350. 

Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-LineValue
Curb Weight3929 lbs (1782 kg)
Horsepower300 hp @ 5350
Torque295 lbs-ft @ 3600 rpm
Accelerate 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) 4.6 seconds
Engine2.0 L, EA888 inline four-cylinder

Volkswagen Atlas

The Volkswagen Atlas is the manufacturer’s beast. The SUV spreads its seven seats between three rows and is generously spaced, so even those at the very back will sit comfortably.

With a horsepower of 235 hp @ 5400 rpm, you’re not getting a Ford truck. But it’s a lot more attractive than the old-style minivans. 

Volkswagen Atlas SEValue
Curb Weight4261 lb (1933 kg)
Horsepower235 hp @ 5400 rpm
Torque258 lbs-ft @ 1600 rpm
Accelerate 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) 8.2 seconds 
Engine2.0 L, EA888 inline four-cylinder

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is the more compact SUV, seating only five between 2 rows. You get the same horsepower as the full-sized Atlas, but it can go 0-60 0.7 seconds faster. As the name suggests, it also looks sportier than its bigger brother. 

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SEValue
Curb Weight4123 lb (1870 kg)
Horsepower235 hp @ 5400 rpm
Torque258 lbs-ft @ 1600rpm
Accelerate 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) 7.5 seconds
Engine2.0 L, EA888 Inline four-cylinder

Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Golf GTI, with 241 hp @ 6500 rpm, has significantly less horsepower than the Golf R. But it also costs less. A 6-speed manual comes with a 2.0 TSI engine, helping keep the overall weight down of the vehicle without sacrificing performance. Thus, it can do 0-60 in 5.1 seconds. 

Volkswagen Golf GTI SEValue
Curb Weight3133 lbs (1421 kg)
Horsepower241 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque273 lbs-ft @ 4000 rpm
Accelerate 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) 5.1
Top Speed2.0 L, EA888 evo4 inline four-cylinder

Volkswagen Golf R

The Golf R is Volkswagen’s winner when it comes to horsepower with 315 hp @ 5900-6500. It can do 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. While not a Tesla or a sports car, that’s not too shabby for a hatchback. Especially one with more cargo space and legroom than its competitor, the Toyota Corolla. 

Volkswagen Golf RValue
Curb Weight3404 lbs (1544 kg) 
Horsepower315 hp @ 5900-6500
Torque280 lbs-ft @ 1900-5900 rpm
Accelerate 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) 3.9 seconds
Engine2.0 L, EA888 evo4 inline four-cylinder

Volkswagen ID.4 Pro

The Volkswagon ID.4 Pro is a 5-seater electric crossover. The small SUV has 201 hp and a towing capacity of 2200 lbs (998 kg). The battery isn’t bad either, providing an EPA-estimated range of 275 miles. 

Volkswagen ID.4 ProValue
Curb Weight4557 lb (2067 kg)
System Horsepower201 hp
Rear Maximum Torque229 lb-ft
Accelerate 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) 7.7 seconds
EPA Estimated Range275 miles (442 km)

Volkswagen Jetta

The Volkswagen Jetta is Volkswagen’s most affordable offering. Nonetheless, it offers a 1.5L Turbo 8-speed automatic with Triptronic. Its horsepower is nothing to get excited about, with 158 hp @ 5500 rpm.

But it gets 29 mpg for city, 40 mpg for highway, and 33 mpg combined. Thus, it’s a smart buy for those looking to spend less at the pump and can’t shell out for an EV. 

Volkswagen Jetta SEValue
Curb Weight2989 lbs (1356 kg)
Horsepower158 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque184 lbs-ft @ 1750 rpm
Accelerate 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) 7.7 seconds
Engine1.5 L, EA211 inline four-cylinder

Volkswagen Jetta GLI

The Jetta GLI is a more powerful choice with 228 hp @ 6500 rpm. It has a bigger engine than your Jetta SE, with a 2.0 L Turbo. However, it does mean you’ll eat up slightly more fuel: 26 mpg city, 37 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined. 

Volkswagen Jetta GLIValue
Curb Weight3272 lbs (1484 kg)
Horsepower228 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque258 lbs-ft @ rpm
Accelerate 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) 6.1 seconds
Engine2.0 L, EA888 inline four-cylinder

Volkswagen Taos

The Volkswagen Taos is a compact SUV with 158 hp @ 5500 rpm. Its 8-speed automatic has a 1.5 T TSI engine. However, for an SUV, its fuel economy is pretty economical: 28 mpg city, 36 mg highway, and 31 mpg combined. 

Volkswagen Taos SEValue
Curb Weight3181 lbs (1443 kg)
Horsepower158 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque184 lbs-ft @ 17500 rpm
Accelerate 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) 7.6 seconds
Engine1.5 L, TSI inline four-cylinder

Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan is an SUV with 184 hp @4400-6000 rpm. It’s a small SUV but can hold seven people comfortably. It is a front-wheel drive, but there is an option for its 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. It’s a nice alternative for those that find the Atlas too much of a beast but still need the extra seats. 

Volkswagen Tiguan SEValue
Curb Weight3737 lbs (1695 kg)
Horsepower184 hp @4400-6000 rpm
Torque221 lbs-ft @ 1600-4300 rpm
Accelerate 0-60 mph (0-100 kph) 8.1 seconds
Engine2.0 L, EA888 inline four-cylinder


The average Volkswagen has 225 horsepower, which is very low compared to its competitors.

Here’s the average horsepower of the following car brands:

Car BrandAverage Horsepower
Hyundai198 hp
Kia226 hp
Nissan291 hp
Ford342 hp
BMW392 hp
Toyota229 hp
Volkswagen226 hp

Volkswagen’s horsepower is hardly its most eye-catching feature, although the Golf R is certainly getting noticed. But it holds its own in like-for-like, typically offering more legroom, cargo room, and better gas mileage. Thus, Volkswagen remains a practical buy.

I listed the weight of all the available Volkswagen models here and their fuel economy in this article.