2018 VW Golf Manual Transmission Review


2018 VW Golf Manual Transmission Review – The Volkswagen Golf gets a mid-cycle update for its 2018 model year. The most noteworthy changes include the discontinuation of the two-door model as well as the availability of the new Discover Media navigation infotainment system using 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other upgrades include revised exterior styling front and back. All-wheel drive is now available on the base Golf SportWagen S model.

The compact Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Golf SportWagen slot next to the Jetta sedan below the midsize CC and Passat sedans from the automaker’s lineup. The Golf is extended in several versions including hatchback, SportWagen, and increased Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body designs as well as the GTI and Golf R sexy hatches, and the electric e-Golf.

2018 VW Golf Manual Transmission Review

2018 VW Golf Overview

The base engine in the Golf lineup is the automaker’s turbocharged 1.8-liter I-4 which makes 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 manual 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 on the SportWagen and standard 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 manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The former Performance bundle is now standard and contains VAQ differential and bigger brake pads. A DCC adaptive suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.

At the top of the Golf food series is the Golf R using a 292-hp version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter, which is 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 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 Design

The Golf R, like the GTI, is an understated car. Nonetheless, it’s that this subtlety which makes the top-end R model so visually appealing. It doesn’t require a big, shouty wing or dramatic red accents — it’s secure in its level of functionality without resorting to such primitive automotive hazard gestures. Its barely angrier fascia, 19-inch wheels, and quad exhaust tips are persuasive enough. Unlike more over-the-top offerings (we’re looking at you, Civic Type R), the Golf R is efreshingly subtle, {and to many onlookers, completely inoffensive.

 Interior

The Golf’s cabin is easy, trendy, and coated in high-quality substances. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics protect 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. However, if we had to dock the Golf R’s cabin everywhere, it would be for its bland design. The new Jetta has the same issue — the substances are great and the layout is clean, but it all feels just a bit overly conservative and business-like.

2018 VW Golf Safety

The Golf SE includes 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 a part of a bundle.

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