Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Golf

2016 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: After its redesign last year, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf has few changes. Improvements include an updated infotainment system and newly available safety features such as lane-departure warning and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. As redesigned vehicles go, this generation VW Golf was not 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 4-door-only, 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) 2-door hatchback, 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices TSI Base 2-dr: $18,495
TSI S 2-dr: $19,575
TSI S 4-dr: $20,175
TSI SE 4-dr: $25,225
TSI SEL 4-dr: $27,495
e-Golf SE: $28,995
e-Golf SEL: $35,595

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

Optional Engine
electric motor
Std. Transmission
single speed
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (MPGe)
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)

2016 Volkswagen e-Golf