The Volkswagen Golf may look unassuming, with its jellybean body and small prominence, but it’s one of our very favorite automobiles to drive. A frequent recipient of our 10 Best Cars award, it expertly blends practicality, affordability, and real driving chops for a delightful package that demands almost no short-cuts from its owner. A 170-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine provides just the right amount of motivation for this little hatch, but the real stars of the show will be the 2018 Volkswagen Golf dynamic, nimble chassis and its always accurate driving, which make this car as rewarding to press hard in corners as it is when moving improbably large cargo through the wide hatchback. Sure, big brother GTI has more power and better performance numbers, however for the every man with weekly duties and a yen for back-road joy rides, is actually hard to do better than a Golf.
The Golf’s changes are relatively minor for 2018. The most significant change is a shuffling of the available trim levels. Other changes include newly standard LED tail lights and daytime running lights and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Lightly modified bumpers and a chrome-trimmed grille gussy up the front end, and 17-inch wheels are available in the SEL lean. Inside, infotainment screens are larger across the lineup, with a 6. 5-inch screen now marking the smallest display in the S trim, while the SE model has an almost eight. 0-inch screen. Volkswagen’s routing services are now standard fare in the SEL trim, also displayed by using an 8. 0-inch screen. Adaptable cruise control and an auto-dimming mirror are also newly standard in the Golf SEL.
2018 Volkswagen Golf Specs
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf turbocharged inline-four engine offers the right amount of electric power to propel this small hatch. The powertrain is refined, reliable, and a perfect match for the Golf. Volkswagen’s familiar turbo four continues unchanged for 2018, and it’s still an eager companion for the spirited Golf.
The Golf TSI has just one available engine, a turbocharged 1. 8-liter four-cylinder that makes 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque when paired with the standard five-speed manual transmission, or 199 lb-ft torque capacity if prepared with the optional six-speed automatic. Just like many turbo charged engines, there is a lag between when you step on the gas and once the engine responds. Once that lag has been get over, the Golf provides stable power.
2018 Volkswagen Golf Exterior
We have used many words to describe the Golf, but “beautiful” is not one of them. We’ll trade appears for a compact, utilitarian package any day. It can be heading take an eagle vision or a deep knowledge of Volkswagen’s product selection to spot the variations involving the 2017 and 2018 Golf at 10 paces, nevertheless the new LED tail lights and daytime running lamps look sharp, and we’re always happy to see rain-sensing wipers on a standard-equipment list.
The “2018 Volkswagen Golf” is of average level and width, but is actually much shorter than some competitors, so that it is easy to park in any car port. The latch for the hatchback and the back-up camera are cleverly covered beneath a flip-up VW logo on the Golf’s otherwise flat rear plank. It’s an ground breaking design solution, and it provides another thoughtful touch to an already likable vehicle, as the logo protects the camera lens’s visibility in nasty weather.
2018 Volkswagen Golf Interior
The Golf’s interior employs clean, directly lines; a bland color palate; and an emphasis on openness. Despite the cut atmosphere, some competition analyzed here have slightly more space than the Golf.
We found the Golf’s backside seat to be relatively comfortable, and it’s ideal for adults even on longer drives. The comfortable back again seat is attributable to the higher-than-average bench, which prevents the knees-in-nose problem that plagues many small cars.
Base-trim 2018 Volkswagen Golf are outfitted with few standard features. The comfortable standard cloth seats aren’t warmed and must be altered manually. Even the heated up leatherette seats in the upper Wolfsburg trim are only partially power flexible, with fore and aft motions managed by a lever and the driver’s muscle power.
Modern cabin rentals do a great job of insulating passengers from ambient noise, but none can completely eliminate the sharpened sound of the blowing wind and the drone of tire noise if you are traveling at highway speed. To measure the interior sound-pressure level, we use a Br? el & Kjaer Type 2250-L sound colocar, which we position in the middle of the first row of seats at the elevation of the driver’s hearing. The meter automatically takes up no time of sound in A-weighted decibels (dBA), used as the test car is cruising at 70 with. (A-weighting is an industry standard that adjusts decibel readings to raised reflect how the human ear listens to various frequencies. ) All of us take two measurements and average the results. We also correct for speedometer inaccuracies with our GPS-based data loggers. It is worth noting that sound levels are a logarithmic product, so a rating of 40 decibels isn’t twice the sound pressure of 20 decibels; it is 10 times the sound pressure. A six-decibel increase roughly doubles the appear pressure.
2018 Volkswagen Golfing Prices
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf starts off at $20, 715, and for buyers who are looking to keep the impact on their standard bank account minimal, the bottom part Golf is a sufficient package. We like the engagement of the Golf’s five-speed manual transmission, but we also relish the quick-shifting, sure-footed six-speed automatic. Both pair exclusively to an eager 170-hp turbocharged 1. 8-liter four-cylinder. The Wolfsburg trim carries much more content for a $1700 superior, and it’s worth the upgrade if you can swing it. The last tally for a manual Golf Wolfsburg is $22, 415.