Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Golf

2019 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 2019 Volkswagen Golf gets new engines and transmissions for gas-powered models. A new 147-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder replaces the previous 170-hp turbo 1.8-liter 4-cylinder. The former 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmissions are replaced by a 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic. The electric-powered e-Golf adds a standard DC Fast Charger. Forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert are now standard on all gas-powered models and the e-Golf SEL. 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.) 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. 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: $22,740
SE: 25,040
e-Golf SE: $32,790
e-Golf SEL: $39,790

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
8-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)