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 2021 Volkswagen Golf is unchanged and the electric e-Golf was discontinued after 2019. The Volkswagen Golf is a compact four-door hatchback that is offered in 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’s sole engine is a 147-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder that is paired with a 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic. Available safety features include forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot alert, and rear cross-traffic alert. Golf was redesigned for 2015 is expected to be replaced with new version for 2022.
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.
|Body Style(s)||4-door hatchback|
|Drive Wheels||front-wheel drive|
|Nation of Manufacture||Mexico|
|Base Prices||TSI: $24,190|
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
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