2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0t 4-Door Se Manual

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0t 4-Door Se Manual – The Volkswagen Golf gets a mid-cycle update for the 2018 model year. The most noteworthy changes include the discontinuation of the two-door model as well as the availability of the newest Discover Media navigation infotainment program with 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other updates include revised exterior styling front and rear. All-wheel driveway is now available on the bottom Golf SportWagen S version.

The compact Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Golf SportWagen slot near the Jetta sedan below the midsize CC and Passat sedans from the automaker’s lineup. The Golf is offered in several variants including hatchback, SportWagen, and raised Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body designs as well as the GTI and Golf R hot hatches, along with the electrical e-Golf.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI 2.0t 4-Door Se Manual

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Overview

The base engine in the Golf lineup is the automaker’s turbocharged 1.8-liter I-4 that produces 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The turbo-four is mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic in the hatchback or a six-speed guide or six-speed dual-clutch automatic in the Golf SportWagen or Golf Alltrack version. Front-drive is standard on the hatchback and SportWagen, while all-wheel-drive is discretionary to the SportWagen and standard on the Alltrack.

The sporty Volkswagen Golf GTI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 making 220 hp and 258 lb-ft and can be conducive to a six-speed guide or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The former Performance package is now standard and includes VAQ differential and larger brake pads. A DCC adaptive suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.

At the peak of the Golf food chain is your Golf R with a 292-hp version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter, which can be mated to either a six-speed guide or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The DCC adjustable suspension and navigation are optioned together.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay can be found on even the base version. Other standard features include automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, plus a 6.5-inch touchscreen. Optional equipment includes keyless entry/start, 8.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, LED headlights, and much more.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Design

The Golf R, such as the GTI, is an understated car. But it’s this subtlety that makes the top-end R version so visually attractive. It does not need a large, shouty wing or dramatic red accents — it’s secure in its level of performance without resorting to these crude automotive threat gestures. Its hardly angrier fascia, 19-inch wheels, and quad exhaust tips are compelling enough. Contrary to much more over-the-top offerings we are looking at you, Civic Type R), the Golf R is efreshingly subtle, {and to many onlookers, completely inoffensive.


The Golf’s cottage is simple, trendy, and coated in high-quality materials. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics protect virtually every surface within hands reach, although there is conservative use of piano black vinyl on the infotainment screen and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. But if we needed to dock the Golf R cottage anywhere, it’d be for its dull design. The new Jetta has exactly the same problem — the materials are great and the layout is clean, but it all feels just a bit overly conservative and business-like.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Safety

The Golf SE comes with blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and front assist with pedestrian detection, while the SEL adds adaptive cruise control. Lane keeping help, automatic high beams, parking sensors, and playground assist are a part of a package.

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