2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 1.8t S Manual 4motion – The Volkswagen Golf gets a mid-cycle upgrade for the 2018 model year. The most noteworthy changes include the discontinuation of the two-door model in addition to the availability of the new Discover Media navigation infotainment program using 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 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 offered in many versions including hatchback, SportWagen, and increased Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body designs in addition to the GTI and Golf R sexy hatches, and the electric e-Golf.
2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 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 a 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 model. Front-drive is regular on the hatchback and SportWagen, while all-wheel-drive is discretionary on 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 can be conducive to a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The prior Performance package is now standard and includes VAQ differential and larger brake pads. A DCC adjustable suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.
At the very top of the Golf food series is the Golf R using a 292-hp version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter, which can be mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that 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 navigation, touchscreen, LED headlights, and more.
2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Design
The Golf R, like the GTI, is a understated car. But it’s that this subtlety that makes the one-piece model so visually appealing. It doesn’t require a large, shouty wing or striking red accents — it is secure in its own level of performance without resorting to these primitive automotive threat gestures. Its hardly angrier fascia, 19-inch brakes, and quad exhaust tips are compelling enough. Unlike much 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 cottage is simple, trendy, and coated in high-quality substances. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics protect almost every surface in hands reach, although there’s conservative use of piano black plastic on the infotainment display and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. However, if we had to dock the Golf R cottage everywhere, it would be for its bland design. The new Jetta has the same issue — the substances are good and the design is clean, but it all feels a bit overly conservative and business-like.
2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Safety
The Golf SE comes with blind spot warning, rear 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 playground assist are a part of a package.