2018 Volkswagen Golf Tsi Se Manual – The Volkswagen Golf understands a mid-cycle upgrade for the 2018 model year. The most notable changes include the discontinuation of the two-door model as well as the access to the new Discover Media navigation infotainment program 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 compact Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Golf SportWagen slot next to the Jetta sedan below the midsize CC and Passat sedans in the automaker’s lineup. The Golf is extended in several versions including hatchback, SportWagen, and increased Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body styles as well as the GTI and Golf R hot hatches, along with the electrical e-Golf.
2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI SE 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 at the hatchback or a six-speed manual 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 discretionary 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 can be mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The former Performance bundle is now standard and includes VAQ differential and larger brake pads. A DCC adaptive suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.
At the very peak of the Golf food chain is your 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 which 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, 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 TSI SE Design
The Golf R, like the GTI, is a understated car. But it’s that this subtlety which makes the one-piece version so visually appealing. It doesn’t require a big, shouty wing or dramatic red accents — it’s stable in its level of performance without resorting to such crude automotive threat gestures. Its hardly angrier fascia, 19-inch wheels, and quad exhaust tips are compelling enough. Contrary to more over-the-top offerings (we’re looking at you, Civic Type R), the Golf R is and also to most onlookers, entirely 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, although there is conservative use of piano black plastic on the infotainment screen and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. However, 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 substances are good and the design is clean, but it all feels a bit overly conservative and business-like.
2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI SE 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 part of a bundle.