2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Manual – The Volkswagen Golf understands a mid-cycle update for the 2018 model year. The most notable changes include the discontinuation of this two-door model in addition to the availability of the newest Discover Media navigation infotainment system using 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other updates include revised exterior styling front and back. All-wheel driveway is currently available on the bottom Golf SportWagen S version.
The streamlined Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Golf SportWagen slot next to the Jetta sedan below the midsize CC and Passat sedans from the automaker’s lineup. The Golf is extended in many variants including hatchback, SportWagen, and increased Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body designs in addition to the GTI and Golf R sexy hatches, along with the electric e-Golf.
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 some five-speed manual or six-speed automatic in the hatchback or a six-speed manual 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 on the SportWagen and standard on the Alltrack.
The sporty Volkswagen Golf GTI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 which makes 220 hp and 258 lb-ft and is mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The prior Performance package has become standard and includes VAQ differential and larger brake pads. A DCC adaptive suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.
At the top of this Golf food series is the Golf R using 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 are available on even the base version. Other standard features include automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen. Optional equipment includes keyless entry/start, 8.0-inch navigation, touchscreen, LED headlights, and much more.
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Design
The Golf R, such as the GTI, is an understated car. Nonetheless, it’s this subtlety which makes the top-end R version so visually appealing. It does not need a big, shouty wing or dramatic red accents — it is secure in its own level of functionality without resorting to these 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’re looking at you, Civic Type R), the Golf R is and also to many onlookers, entirely inoffensive.
The Golf’s cabin is easy, trendy, and coated in high-quality materials. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics protect almost every surface within hands reach, although there is conservative use of piano black plastic on the infotainment screen and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. But if we needed to dock the Golf R’s cabin anywhere, it would be for its bland design. The new Jetta has exactly the exact same problem — the materials are good and the layout is clean, but it all feels just 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 assist, automatic high beams, parking sensors, and park assist are a part of a package.