2018 VW Golf Sportwagen 4motion Manual – The Volkswagen Golf understands 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 program with 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other updates include revised exterior styling front and rear. All-wheel drive is now available on the bottom Golf SportWagen S model.
The compact Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Golf SportWagen slot next to the Jetta sedan Beneath the midsize CC and Passat sedans from the automaker’s lineup. The Golf is extended in several variants including hatchback, SportWagen, and raised Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body styles as well as the GTI and Golf R sexy hatches, and the electric e-Golf.
2018 VW Golf Sportwagen 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 manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic in the Golf SportWagen or Golf Alltrack model. Front-drive is regular on the hatchback and SportWagen, while all-wheel-drive is discretionary on the SportWagen and regular 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 package has become standard and contains VAQ differential and bigger brake pads. A DCC adaptive suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.
At the top of this Golf food chain is the 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 which 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 regular features include automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen. Optional equipment includes keyless entry/start, 8.0-inch navigation, touchscreen, LED headlights, and more.
2018 VW Golf Sportwagen Design
The Golf R, such as the GTI, is an understated car. Nonetheless, it’s this subtlety which makes the top-end R model so visually appealing. It doesn’t need a big, shouty wing or dramatic red accents — it is secure 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 compelling enough. Unlike more over-the-top offerings (we’re looking at you, Civic Type R), the Golf R is and also to many onlookers, completely inoffensive.
The Golf’s cabin is simple, trendy, and coated in high-quality materials. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics cover virtually every surface in hands reach, though there is conservative use of piano black plastic on the infotainment display and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. But if we had to dock the Golf R cabin everywhere, it’d be for its dull design. The new Jetta has the exact same problem — the materials are good and the layout is clean, but it all feels just a bit overly conservative and business-like.
2018 VW Golf Sportwagen Safety
The Golf SE includes blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, 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.