With so many styles inside and practicality in spades, Golf should attract a lot of people.
Some car segments have wide demands that place them on a hatchback. They need to be efficient, affordable, and spacious, while also giving a little fun driving and all the latest in-car technology. Volkswagen Golf has long excelled in this segment as it manages all the same competition demands to satisfy it. The 2018 model has some outside visual changes and some revamped, but unchanging equipment options are the trend of providing a sensible and fun experience for everyday drivers.
With the basic models available starting at $ 20,910, this filling Golf SE rang for $ 24,755, representing good value in the hatchback space. There is no option package for 2018 Golf, so buyers simply choose between the S entry and the SE model; In good cars, choose an automatic transmission instead of a standard six-speed manual for $ 1,100.
Design & Exterior
The tight lines, clean surfaces, and new LED lighting for the sleeker 2018 make for a striking and luxurious look. There is great sophistication for the design of this car. But 2018 Golf also looks, well, just like any previous Golf; other compact hatchbacks take a greater risk in terms of exterior designs of late.
Interior & Comfort
In terms of cabin appeal, Volkswagen Golf stands just above its class, with a neat interior layout, sleek material, and excellent switches and controls. It really looks and feels nicer than the suggested price. Drivers and passengers alike enjoy a vast space in it, though fit three adults in the back seat, as with most cars this size, will become extortion. The cargo area is an average size until you fold the rear seats, after which it offers a class near a prominent classroom that can be easily accessed from a large liftgate.
Technology & Connectivity
While the standard 6.5-inch touch screen is very standard at Golf S, this SE package even has a nice 8-inch touch screen. With sharp graphics, fast responses, and clear menus coupled with physical shortcut keys, it's very easy to use - even though we want less-used features to be locked on the go. It should be noted that no built-in navigation system is offered, although Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support are included on both models.
The multifunctional travel computer is a pretty boring monochrome design, yet it shapes it by displaying a wealth of diverse information such as fuel savings, speed, music selection, Bluetooth phone options, and driver-assist options.
Performance & Handling
Where Volkswagen Golf excels in the appropriate journey and the cabin is silent, making the driver and passengers are equally cocooned from the outside world. Handling the car through the curve is more than just competent, though the lackluster steering and soft brake pedal does not match the high expectations we get from the GTI and R sportier variants.
With 170 horsepower but a bold 199 pound-feet torque, Golf is a fleet on its feet, thanks primarily to its fast six-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration, like the power rating, is average for this class of cars: far from attractive, but fast enough so you will never struggle to keep up with traffic.
Golf SE has pre-collision braking and blind-spot monitoring. Although with plenty of visibility in all directions, you may not find it necessary to rely on blind spot warnings. The standard spare camera of the car was crisp, and emerged from the rear VW logo - a neat trick to keep the tidier hatch on the outside.
What you will not find in standard Golf, however, are sophisticated features like adaptive cruise control or lane-keep help, both of which are available on rival hatches. However, they are offered on another version of this more expensive car; Sporty Golf GTI has an adaptive cruise and Golf R is also equipped with lane-keep.
Running Costs & Fuel Economy
Where 30 miles per gallon used to be a freeway yardstick, this compact car in this segment now routinely hits that figure in EPA city testing. Tour-saving turbo fares on the highway, with a competitive 33 mpg rating, but the city's 24 mpg figure is at the low end for non-performance hatchbacks.