Volkswagen 2018 Golf User Manual – The Volkswagen Golf gets a mid-cycle upgrade for the 2018 model year. The most noteworthy changes include the discontinuation of this two-door model in addition to 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 currently available on the base Golf SportWagen S model.
The streamlined 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 designs in addition to the GTI and Golf R sexy hatches, along with the electric e-Golf.
Volkswagen 2018 Golf 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 a 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 optional on the SportWagen and regular on the Alltrack.
The sporty Volkswagen Golf GTI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 which makes 220 hp and 258 lb-ft and is conducive to a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The former Performance bundle is now standard and contains VAQ differential and bigger brake pads. A DCC adaptive suspension is only offered on the Autobahn trim.
At the peak of this Golf food series is your Golf R with a 292-hp version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter, which is 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 are available 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 much more.
Volkswagen 2018 Golf Design
The Golf R, such as the GTI, is a understated car. Nonetheless, it’s this subtlety which makes the top-end R model so visually appealing. It does not require a large, shouty wing or dramatic red accents — it is stable in its own level of performance without resorting to such primitive automotive threat gestures. Its hardly angrier fascia, 19-inch wheels, and quad exhaust tips are persuasive enough. Contrary to much more over-the-top offerings we are looking at you, Civic Type R), the Golf R is and also 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 virtually every surface within hands reach, though there is conservative use of piano black vinyl on the infotainment display and brushed aluminum on the gear lever. However, if we had to dock the Golf R’s cabin everywhere, it would be for its dull design. The new Jetta has exactly the exact same issue — the materials are great and the design is clean, but it all feels just a little too conservative and business-like.
Volkswagen 2018 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 assist, automatic high beams, parking sensors, and park assist are part of a bundle.