2018 VW Golf User 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 access to the new Discover Media navigation infotainment program with 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other upgrades include revised exterior styling front and rear. All-wheel drive is now available on the bottom Golf SportWagen S version.
The streamlined Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Golf SportWagen slot near the Jetta sedan Beneath the midsize CC and Passat sedans in 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 hot hatches, and the electrical e-Golf.
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 guide 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 discretionary 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 guide or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The former Performance package is now standard and contains VAQ differential and bigger brake pads. A DCC adjustable suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.
At the top of this Golf food series is the 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 which sends power to all four wheels. The DCC adjustable navigation and suspension are optioned together.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available on even the base version. Other standard 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 much more.
2018 VW Golf Design
The Golf R, like the GTI, is a understated car. But it’s this subtlety which makes the one-piece version so visually attractive. It does not need a big, shouty wing or striking red accents — it’s secure in its own level of performance without resorting to such crude automotive threat gestures. Its barely angrier fascia, 19-inch wheels, 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 cottage is easy, trendy, and covered in high quality substances. Black leather and soft-touch black plastics cover virtually every surface in hands reach, though there’s conservative use of piano black vinyl on the infotainment screen and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. But if we needed to dock the Golf R’s cottage anywhere, it would be for its dull design. The new Jetta has exactly the same problem — the substances are great and the layout is clean, but it all feels a little too conservative and business-like.
2018 VW Golf 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 package.