2018 VW Golf GTI Manual

2018 VW Golf GTI Manual – The Volkswagen Golf gets a mid-cycle update for its 2018 model year. The most notable changes include the discontinuation of this two-door model as well as 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 driveway is now 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 offered in several variants including hatchback, SportWagen, and raised Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body designs as well as the GTI and Golf R sexy hatches, and the electric e-Golf.

2018 VW Golf GTI Manual

2018 VW 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 guide 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 to the SportWagen and standard 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 conducive to a six-speed guide or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The former Performance package has become standard and includes VAQ differential and bigger brake pads. A DCC adjustable suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.

At the very top of this Golf food series is the 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 which sends power to all four wheels. The DCC adjustable suspension and navigation are all optioned together.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay can be found on even the base version. Other standard 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 VW Golf GTI Design

The Golf R, such as the GTI, is an understated car. But it’s that this subtlety which makes the top-end R version so visually appealing. It does not need a large, shouty wing or dramatic red accents — it’s stable in its own level of performance without resorting to such crude automotive hazard gestures. Its barely angrier fascia, 19-inch brakes, and quad exhaust tips are persuasive enough. Unlike much more over-the-top offerings (we’re looking at you, Civic Type R), the Golf R is efreshingly subtle, {and to many onlookers, entirely inoffensive.


The Golf’s cottage is simple, trendy, and coated in high-quality materials. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics cover almost every surface in hands reach, though there is conservative use of piano black plastic on the infotainment screen and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. But if we had to dock the Golf R cottage anywhere, it would be for its dull design. The new Jetta has exactly the exact same problem — the materials are great and the design is clean, but it all feels just a bit overly conservative and business-like.

2018 VW Golf GTI Safety

The Golf SE includes blind spot warning, back cross-traffic alert, 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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