Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Golf

2020 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 2020 Volkswagen Golf is a compact four-door hatchback that is offered with a convention a gas engine or as an electric-powered e-Golf. For 2020, the gas-powered Golf is reduced to one model with standard Wi-Fi hotspot, keyless entry and starting, heated front seats, and power sunroof. The Golf hatchback is also available in a sporty GTI version. (See separate report for Golf GTI). The Golf R has been dropped for 2020. Also gone are the two Golf wagons: Golf SportWagen and all-wheel-drive Golf Alltrack. The sole gas engine is a 147-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder that is paired with a 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic. 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 125 miles. Available safety features include forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic 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 TSI: $24,115
e-Golf SE: NA
e-Golf SEL: NA

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
147
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
8-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
28-29
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
35-36

Optional Engine
electric motor
Horsepower
132
Std. Transmission
single speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (MPGe)
122
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)
104