2018 VW Golf Manual

2018 VW Golf 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 availability of the new Discover Media navigation infotainment system with 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other updates include revised exterior styling front and back. All-wheel drive is now available on the base Golf SportWagen S version.

The compact 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 extended in several versions including hatchback, SportWagen, and raised Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body styles as well as the GTI and Golf R hot hatches, along with the electric e-Golf.

2018 VW Golf Manual

2018 VW Golf 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 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 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 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 bigger brake pads. A DCC adjustable suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.

At the very top of this Golf food series is your Golf R with 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 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 Design

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


The Golf’s cabin is easy, stylish, and covered in high-quality materials. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics cover almost every surface within hands reach, though there’s conservative use of piano black plastic on the infotainment display and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. However, if we needed to dock the Golf R cabin everywhere, it would be for its bland design. The new Jetta has the same problem — the materials are great and the design is clean, but it all feels just a little too conservative and business-like.

2018 VW Golf 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 park assist are a part of a bundle.

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