2018 Volkswagen Golf
- 4th May 2018 by SGDriver
The 2018 Golf retains its old charms and adds more features. The Golf Wolfsburg Edition and SEL trim have been discontinued, and there’s a new SE trim. That means there are just two trims for 2018: the S and the SE. Both get mildly revised styling, a few more standard features and new infotainment systems.
The Volkswagen Golf is a four-door small hatchback available in two trim levels. The base S is pricier than other base compact cars but comes standard with some nice upgraded features, while the SE trim adds a few luxuries and active safety features. The Golf comes standard with a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder (170 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque) and a five-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is available too.
The base S comes standard with halogen headlights, LED daytime-running lights and taillights, automatic rain-sensing wipers, heated side mirrors, and 15-inch alloy wheels. Inside, you get a leather-wrapped steering wheel, manually adjustable seats with lumbar adjustment and power recline, cloth upholstery, cruise control and a rearview camera.
Infotainment in the Golf S is handled by a 6.5-inch touchscreen system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and an eight-speaker sound system.
The Golf does a 7.8-second 0-100 kmh, which is respectably quick for a small car. The braking power is likewise good. The steering is light, and the Golf is responsive and capable in turns. The excellent front seats provide all-day comfort, and the Golf’s suspension provides a smooth, compliant ride without feeling floaty or detached. Backseat headroom is sufficient for average adults. Wind and road noise is also pleasantly muted. Overall the Golf is a comfortable place to spend time.
The interior feels more entry-level luxury than economy compact. The controls are well-labeled and easy to reach, and the touchscreen interface is intuitive. The tall door openings and short doors make entry and exit easy even in tighter spaces. Outward visibility is excellent.
The cargo capacity behind the rear seats is 22.8 cubic feet if items are stacked to the roof. Maximum capacity with the seats folded is excellent at 52.7 cubic feet. Interior storage is similar to what rivals offer.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, though the Golf only offers one USB port. Some competitors have more charging options, more standard active safety features and more advanced driver aids. The infotainment system’s operation isn’t the easiest.
The Golf look seems a little date but nevertheless, it’s a fun car to drive and worth the money. Test drive one yourself.