As always, Volkswagen makes VW Golf for different markets, and the 2018 Volkswagen model is no different. The 2018 might appear as an underdog among compact cars, but it is a perennial favorite. For 2018, almost all models have been upgraded with top notch technological features. It comes as a wagon with two sporty "hot hatches" and a slightly raised or standard suspension. The Golf is also available as a four-door hatchback. You will fall in love with the infotainment upgrades, functional and roomy interior, and reasonable price. As a bonus, the Golf comes with polished road manners as well as great powertrains. You will not like that it has a bulbous design, conservative looks, rear seats fail to fold quite flat, it has few available configurations, it's not as sporty as the GTI, and the Golf R is quite pricey.
Which new features are available for 2018?
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf has received some minor upgrades but none the less they are still notable. First, Volkswagen has changed the 2017 trim-structure which had Wolfsburg and S trims; the 2018 model has three trim levels which include: SEL, SE, and S. You will also notice that the 2018 Volkswagen Golf has rain-sensing windshield wipers, daytime running lights and standard LED taillights.<br><br>The Golf SEL trim has a standard auto-dimming mirror, Volkswagen's navigation services, and Adaptive cruise control. It also has an 8.0-inch screen, 17-inch wheels, a chrome-trimmed grille gussy up the front end as well as lightly modified bumpers. On the other hand, an 8.0-inch screen is available in the SE trim while the S trim's smallest display is a 6.5-inch screen. The exterior styling has been updated in the rear and the front.
What is under the hood of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf?
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf wagon and hatchback versions produce 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque thanks to a 1.8-liter turbo-4 engine. The hatch comes with an optional 6-speed automatic and a standard 5-speed manual. The Golf Alltrack and the Golf SportWagen has a 6-speed manual, a 5-speed manual, or a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox depending on whether they come with all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive.
Which safety features are available in the 2018 version?
The Golf SE has features like front assist with pedestrian detection, parking sensors, lane keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, park assist, blind spot warning and automatic high beams. Adaptive cruise control comes as an addition in the SEL. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recognized the Golf hatchback as the leader when it comes to safety by giving it 5 stars in overall crash protection. The Wagon also gets a perfect 5-star rating.
Which vehicles will be competing with the Volkswagen Golf?
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf will be given a run for its money by Nissan Sentra, Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, Kia Forte, Honda Civic, and Mazda3.
What do we think about this vehicle?
The 2018 Golf balances a good drive, affordability, and practicality, while the four-cylinder engine provides enough power. It has a nimble, dynamic chassis and accurate steering that helps the driver slide unusually large cargo through the wide hatchback when the vehicle has to be pushed hard in corners. The Golf might not be able to keep up with the GTI which has superior performance numbers, but it is suitable for ordinary folks who enjoy back-road joy rides and have plenty of chores.