2018 Volkswagen Golf Owners Manual PDF – The Volkswagen Golf gets 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 new Discover Media navigation infotainment system with 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other upgrades include revised exterior styling front and rear. All-wheel driveway is currently available on the base Golf SportWagen S version.
The compact Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Golf SportWagen slot near the Jetta sedan Beneath the midsize CC and Passat sedans in the automaker’s lineup. The Golf is extended in several variants including hatchback, SportWagen, and raised Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body designs in addition to the GTI and Golf R hot hatches, and the electrical e-Golf.
2018 Volkswagen Golf Overview
The base engine in the Golf lineup is the automaker’s turbocharged 1.8-liter I-4 that makes 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The turbo-four is mated to some five-speed manual or six-speed automatic at the hatchback or a six-speed guide or six-speed dual-clutch automatic at the Golf SportWagen or Golf Alltrack version. Front-drive is regular on the hatchback and SportWagen, while all-wheel-drive is optional on the SportWagen and regular 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 guide or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The former Performance bundle is now standard and includes VAQ differential and bigger brake pads. A DCC adjustable suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.
At the top of this 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 guide or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The DCC adjustable suspension and navigation are all optioned together.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available on even the base version. Other regular features include automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen. Optional equipment includes keyless entry/start, 8.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, LED headlights, and much more.
2018 Volkswagen Golf Design
The Golf R, like the GTI, is an understated car. But it’s this subtlety that makes the one-piece version so visually appealing. It does not need 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 barely angrier fascia, 19-inch wheels, and quad exhaust tips are persuasive enough. Unlike more over-the-top offerings we are looking at you, Civic Type R), the Golf R is and also to most onlookers, completely inoffensive.
The Golf’s cabin is simple, stylish, and covered in high quality materials. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics cover virtually every surface in hands reach, though there’s 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’s cabin everywhere, it would be for its dull design. The new Jetta has the exact same issue — the materials are great and the layout is clean, but it all feels just a bit overly conservative and business-like.
2018 Volkswagen Golf 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 park assist are part of a bundle.