2015 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, especially with available diesel engine

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 Volkswagen Golf is redesigned for 2015, changing only subtly in outward appearance but gaining a completely new structure, a more-spacious interior, a new base engine, better all-around fuel economy, and an all-electric “e-Golf” model. The diesel engine in the TDI model gets a 10-horsepower bump, to 150. As redesigned vehicles go, the 2015 VW Golf is not a radical update, but it delivers tangible improvements inside and out that keep it competitive in its class. Though the new Golf is not without its quirks, no other compact hatchback can match its upscale European feel and available diesel engine. The new, 4-door-only 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) 2-door hatchback, 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices Launch Edition 2-dr: $17,995
TSI S 2-dr: $19,295
TSI S 4-dr: $20,995
TSI SE 4-dr: $24,895
TSI SEL 4-dr: $27,395
TDI S 4-dr: $22,345
TDI SE 4-dr: $25,895
TDI SEL 4-dr: $28,395
e-Golf Limited Edition: $33,450
e-Golf Premium: $35,445

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
170
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
36-37

Optional Engine
turbodiesel 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
150
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
30-31
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
43-45

Optional Engine
electric motor
Horsepower
115
Std. Transmission
single speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (MPGe)
126
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)
105

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2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI
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2015 Volkswagen e-Golf