2018 VW Golf Sportwagen 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 program with 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other upgrades include revised exterior styling front and rear. All-wheel driveway is now available on the base Golf SportWagen S version.
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 offered in several variants including hatchback, SportWagen, and increased Alltrack (crossover-like wagon) body styles in addition to the GTI and Golf R sexy hatches, and the electrical e-Golf.
2018 VW Golf Sportwagen Overview
The base engine in the Golf lineup is the automaker’s turbocharged 1.8-liter I-4 that 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 version. Front-drive is regular on the hatchback and SportWagen, while all-wheel-drive is optional 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 guide or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The former Performance bundle has become standard and includes VAQ differential and larger brake pads. A DCC adjustable suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.
At the peak of this Golf food chain is your Golf R with 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 all optioned together.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay can be found on even the base version. Other regular 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 Sportwagen Design
The Golf R, like the GTI, is a understated car. But it’s this subtlety that makes the top-end R version so visually appealing. It doesn’t need a big, shouty wing or striking red accents — it is stable in its own level of performance without resorting to these primitive automotive hazard 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 most onlookers, entirely inoffensive.
The Golf’s cabin is simple, trendy, and covered in high-quality substances. 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 screen and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. But if we needed to dock the Golf R cabin everywhere, it’d be for its bland design. The new Jetta has exactly the same issue — the substances are great and the layout is clean, but it all feels just a little too conservative and business-like.
2018 VW Golf Sportwagen Safety
The Golf SE includes blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and front aid with pedestrian detection, while the SEL adds adaptive cruise control. Lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, parking sensors, and playground assist are a part of a bundle.