Are OEM GTI/Golf R Brakes Better Than Aftermarket?

Are you a GTI or Golf R owner who’s in the market for a new set of brakes? You might be wondering which type of brakes deliver the most bang for the buck: OEM or aftermarket.

Our advice? Get OEM, even if you’re looking for performance brakes.

OEM GTI and Golf R Brake Systems are Designed for Performance Driving

Generally, anyone looking for performance brakes should go aftermarket. However, in the case of the GTI and Golf R, VW's OE brake system is made for performance driving.

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Anyone who buys a brand new GTI or R gets to opt for Volkswagen’s Performance Package upgrade designed specifically for their model. The upgrade includes performance-grade components of the brake system. The package includes front discs, rear discs, calipers, caliper mounts, brake hose, brake pads, and splash shields.

To learn more about the superior parts in Volkswagen’s Performance Package, check out this article: Everything You Need to Know About the Golf GTI and R Performance Brake System Components.

Even if your GTI’s or Golf R’s brake system isn’t loaded with Performance Package parts, you can still upgrade the components one by one. You can purchase OEM performance parts at wholesale pricing from an authorized online seller like

5 Reasons to Buy OEM GTI and Golf R Parts Instead of Aftermarket

If you want performance parts for your GTI or Golf R, we strongly recommend going the OEM route for the following reasons:

  1. Guaranteed Quality: When you go the OEM route, you know exactly what you’re getting – OEM quality, which is exceptionally good. The manufacturer knows exactly how to optimize the brake system components’ performance for your car. Aftermarket brakes, on the other hand, vary wildly in quality. While some are built better than OEM parts, many aren’t.
  2. Exact Fitment: When it comes to performance, exact fit is incredibly important. You want brake system components designed specifically for your GTI or Golf R. To ensure optimal performance and reliability, you can’t go wrong with OEM. There are some aftermarket brake system components designed for GTI and Golf R models. But there’s no good way to verify how well they’re going to perform with your car except to actually buy and test them out on the road.
  3. Factory Warranty: When you buy an OEM part from a dealership or an authorized online seller, it is always going to be covered by Volkswagen’s Parts and Accessories Warranty. The warranty is typically good for a year, and local dealers will honor the warranty for parts purchased online. Many aftermarket manufacturers sell their parts without a warranty. Those that do don’t usually offer a good, comprehensive warranty policy. And if you have a problem, you have to ship the parts back to the vendor.
  4. Versatility: The beauty of Volkswagen’s performance brake systems is the fact that they perform on the race track and the street. That means these parts are just as effective for daily driving. You can’t say the same about most aftermarket brake system parts. It’s pointless to install metallic brake pads on daily drivers because 1) they’re noisy, 2) they add unnecessary wear on the rotors, and 3) they produce more brake dust than OEM brake pads.
  5. No Research Required: We mentioned earlier that you know exactly what you’re getting with an OEM part. You just have to perform a search on your car to find the right part that’s designed just for your GTI or Golf R. When you’re looking for an aftermarket part, you have to do tons of research on the brand, which materials they use, and how well the part will fit your car. It can be quite time-consuming. And there’s no guarantee that you’ll find a part that will provide the same precise fitment and quality as an OEM part.

Finding the Right OEM Performance Parts For Your GTI or Golf R

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It’s quite easy to find the right part that’s designed for your vehicle. All you have to do is to visit this page, and select your year and model. Click on “Brakes”, and then select “Brake Components” or another system that’s most relevant to the part you’re searching. You can also use the search tool at the top of the page to find the exact part you’re looking for.

If the description has a snippet that reads, “with performance brakes”, that means it’s designed for performance. Please contact us if you have any questions or if you need assistance selecting the right brake part(s) for your GTI or Golf R model.