Volkswagen Golf

2018 Volkswagen Golf

Pros: Fine ride and handling balance; distinctive European feel; classy materials, high-quality fit and finish; versatility of hatchback body style; good fuel economy

Cons: So-so rear visibility; somewhat steep pricing for the class; not as feature-rich as many rivals, particularly in terms of infotainment content

CG Says: The 2018 Volkswagen Golf has revised front and rear styling. All models have a larger control screen. The electric eGolf will be released later in the year and sold in limited numbers. The eGolf with SEL trim gets Volkswagen’s digital cockpit that replaces the instrument cluster with an LCD screen. Golf is a compact four-door hatchback. The Golf hatchback is also available in sporty GTI and R versions. There are also two Golf wagons: Golf SportWagen and all-wheel-drive Golf Alltrack. (See separate reports for Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, and Golf Alltrack.) Gas-powered Golfs have a 170-horsepower turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The e-Golf has a 132-hp electric motor and a single speed transmission. VW claims the e-Golf has a driving range of up to 124 miles. Available features include panoramic sunroof, keyless access and starting, rain-sensing wipers, autonomous emergency braking, and blind-spot alert. Golf was redesigned for 2015. This generation VW Golf did not get a radical update, but it delivered tangible improvements inside and out that keep it competitive in its class. Though the Golf is not without its quirks, no other compact hatchback can match its upscale European feel. The all-electric e-Golf is an interesting variation, but it is not exempt from the typical electric-car downsides of a limited driving range and a considerable price premium.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices S: $21,760
SE: $24,505
e-Golf SE: NA
e-Golf SEL: NA

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
170
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33-34

Optional Engine
electric motor
Horsepower
132
Std. Transmission
single speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (MPGe)
126
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)
111

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2018 Volkswagen e-Golf
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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