2018 VW Golf SE Manual – The Volkswagen Golf understands a mid-cycle upgrade for its 2018 model year. The most noteworthy changes include the discontinuation of the two-door model as well as the access to the newest Discover Media navigation infotainment program using 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other upgrades include revised exterior styling front and rear. All-wheel driveway is currently available on the bottom Golf SportWagen S model.
The streamlined Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Golf SportWagen slot near the Jetta sedan below the midsize CC and Passat sedans from the automaker’s lineup. The Golf is offered in many 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 VW Golf SE 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 a 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 model. Front-drive is standard on the hatchback and SportWagen, while all-wheel-drive is discretionary on 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 guide or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The prior Performance bundle is now standard and contains VAQ differential and bigger brake pads. A DCC adjustable suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.
At the 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 guide or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The DCC adjustable suspension and navigation are optioned together.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay can be found on even the base model. 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 much more.
2018 VW Golf SE Design
The Golf R, such as the GTI, is an understated car. Nonetheless, it’s this subtlety that makes the one-piece model so visually attractive. It doesn’t need a large, shouty wing or striking red accents — it is secure in its own level of functionality without resorting to these primitive automotive threat gestures. Its barely angrier fascia, 19-inch brakes, and quad exhaust tips are compelling enough. Contrary to much more over-the-top offerings (we’re looking at you, Civic Type R), the Golf R is and also to many onlookers, entirely inoffensive.
The Golf’s cottage is easy, stylish, and covered in high-quality substances. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics protect virtually every surface in hands reach, although there is conservative use of piano black vinyl on the infotainment display 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 same issue — the substances are great and the layout is clean, but it all feels a bit overly conservative and business-like.
2018 VW Golf SE Safety
The Golf SE comes with blind spot warning, rear 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 part of a bundle.