2018 Volkswagen Golf Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Platinum Gray Metallic
MSRP
$15,576 - $22,139
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MPG (up to)
24 City / 33 HWY
Horsepower
170
Seats
5

How 2018 Volkswagen Golf Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.1 Overall Score
Performance 4.3Comfort 4.2Styling 4.3Value 3.9

What's New

For 2018, Golf hatchback models are offered in Golf S and a new Golf SE trim level. Both get new, larger infotainment touch screens and refreshed front and rear styling that includes LED daytime running lights. All Volkswagens are now backed by a new 6-year/72,000-mile limited warranty, which is one of the longest in the industry. The Golf GTI gets a 10-horsepower increase to 220 horsepower.

Volkswagen Golf Models & Trims

chevronDown icon S $15,576 - $19,813
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 X 6 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon SE $17,708 - $22,139
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 X 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon S Sport $15,576 - $19,813
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 X 6 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon SE Sport $17,708 - $22,139
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 16 X 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon SEL Sport $15,576 - $19,813
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 X 6, 16 X 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon SEL $15,576 - $19,813
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 X 6, 16 X 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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chevronDown icon Base $15,576 - $19,813
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 15 X 6, 16 X 6.5 (in.) - Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.8
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That is it is AWD for winter weather.

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I like that it is AWD, big enough for gear and dog and reliable.. I do not like that is automatic and a little slower than i'd like..

Erin H
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The interior lighting adds a level of sophistication

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I love my Golf Alltrack! It has everything I could possibly need. Storage and style to go along with impeccable performance!

Tara M
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Great gas mileage rides well. Looks good.

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Love manual transmission, easy handling, good visibility, safety..... Dislike lack of power seat adjustments..

Mindy K
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Compare Models & Key Features

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$15,576 - $19,813
$17,708 - $22,139

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 (hp)
170 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Engine Type

Engine Type
1.8L TSI DOHC 16V Turbocharged 4
1.8L TSI DOHC 16V Turbocharged 4
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Not Available
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Standard

Alarm

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Standard
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Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.2 (in.)
41.2 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38.4 (in.)
38.4 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.6 (in.)
35.6 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.1 (in.)
38.1 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Not Available
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WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

CD Player
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Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P195/65HR15
P205/55HR16

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
103.8 (in.)
103.8 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.8 (ft.)
35.8 (ft.)

Length

Length
167.6 (in.)
167.6 (in.)

Width

Width
70.8 (in.)
70.8 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2963 - 3023 (.lbs)
2963 - 3023 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 (hp)
170 (hp)

Torque

Torque
184 (ft. lbs.)
184 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
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4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.2 (gal.)
13.2 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
29 (mpg)
29 (mpg)

City

City
24 (mpg)
24 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
33 (mpg)
33 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Not Available
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Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Cross Traffic Alert
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Not Available
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Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
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Good
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Marginal
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Poor

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Side Curtain Protection Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Vw Car-Net Emergency Sos *
  • Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot Sensor
  • Front Assist w/Autonomous Emergency Braking and Rear Cross Traffic Alert

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

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Safety Recalls (2)

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Service Brakes, Hydraulic > Foundation Components > Disc > Caliper May 31, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
May 31, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V369000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, Passat, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf SportWagen and GTI and Audi Q5 and SQ5 vehicles. The brake caliper pistons on these vehicles may have insufficient coating, potentially reducing the brake performance.
Consequence:
A reduction of braking performance can increase the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
Volkswagen and Audi will notify their owners. Audi dealers will bleed the rear brakes. Volkswagen dealers will bleed the front and rear brake calipers. Note: Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until the brake system has been checked. The recall began June 29, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298 and Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's numbers for this recall are 47N8, 47N9, and 47N6.
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Steering > Column Locking > Anti-theft Device Jul 10, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 10, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V464000
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf and Golf Sportwagen vehicles. The build of silicate on the shift lever micro switch contacts may enable the key to be removed from the ignition while the vehicle shift lever is not in "Park." As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
Consequence:
Removing the key while the shift lever is in a position other than "Park" increases the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.
Remedy:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional switch and circuit board, free of charge. Volkswagen issued owners an interim notification on August 10, 2018. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 37L5.

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