2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn Manual

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn Manual – The Volkswagen Golf gets a mid-cycle upgrade for the 2018 model year. The most notable changes include the discontinuation of the two-door model in addition to the access to the newest Discover Media navigation infotainment program with 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other updates include revised exterior styling front and back. All-wheel drive is now available on the bottom Golf SportWagen S model.

The streamlined Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Golf SportWagen slot near the Jetta sedan below the midsize CC and Passat sedans in the automaker’s lineup. The Golf is extended in many variants including hatchback, SportWagen, and raised Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body designs in addition to the GTI and Golf R hot hatches, along with the electric e-Golf.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn Manual

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Overview

The base engine in the Golf lineup is the automaker’s turbocharged 1.8-liter I-4 which produces 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The turbo-four is mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic at the hatchback or a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic at the Golf SportWagen or Golf Alltrack model. Front-drive is regular on the hatchback and SportWagen, while all-wheel-drive is optional to the SportWagen and regular 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 is mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The former Performance package has become standard and includes VAQ differential and larger brake pads. A DCC adjustable suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.

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

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay can be found on even the base model. Other regular 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 which makes the one-piece model so visually attractive. It does not require a big, shouty wing or striking red accents — it is secure in its level of performance without resorting to such primitive automotive threat gestures. Its hardly angrier fascia, 19-inch brakes, and quad exhaust tips are persuasive enough. Contrary to more over-the-top offerings we are looking at you, Civic Type R), the Golf R is efreshingly subtle, {and to most onlookers, completely inoffensive.


The Golf’s cabin is easy, stylish, and coated in high-quality substances. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics cover virtually every surface within hands reach, though there’s conservative use of piano black vinyl on the infotainment screen and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. However, if we needed to dock the Golf R’s cabin everywhere, it would be for its dull design. The new Jetta has the exact same issue — the substances are good and the design is clean, but it all feels a little too conservative and business-like.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Safety

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

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