2018 VW Golf GTI Owners Manual – The Volkswagen Golf understands a mid-cycle upgrade for its 2018 model year. The most notable changes include the discontinuation of this two-door model in addition to the access to the newest Discover Media navigation infotainment system using 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other updates include revised exterior styling front and rear. All-wheel driveway is currently available on the base Golf SportWagen S model.
The compact Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Golf SportWagen slot near the Jetta sedan Beneath 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 hot hatches, and the electric e-Golf.
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 a 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 model. Front-drive is standard on the hatchback and SportWagen, while all-wheel-drive is optional 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 mated to a six-speed guide or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The former Performance package is now 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 chain is your Golf R using 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 navigation and suspension are all optioned together.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay can be found on even the base model. Other standard 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 VW Golf GTI Design
The Golf R, such as the GTI, is a understated car. But it’s this subtlety which makes the top-end R model so visually appealing. It does not require a large, shouty wing or striking red accents — it’s secure in its own level of performance without resorting to these crude 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 most onlookers, entirely inoffensive.
The Golf’s cottage is easy, stylish, and coated in high-quality substances. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics protect virtually every surface within hands reach, although there’s conservative use of piano black vinyl on the infotainment screen and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. However, if we had to dock the Golf R’s cottage everywhere, it would be for its dull design. The new Jetta has exactly the exact same issue — the substances are great and the design is clean, but it all feels a little too conservative and business-like.
2018 VW Golf GTI Safety
The Golf SE includes blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic attentive, and front assist with pedestrian detection, while the SEL adds adaptive cruise control. Lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, parking sensors, and playground assist are part of a package.