- 1.8 L liter inline 4 cylinder DOHC engine with variable valve timing
- 170 hp horsepower
- 2-way power adjustable passenger seat
- 4 Doors
- 4-wheel ABS brakes
- Audio controls on steering wheel
- Automatic Transmission
- Clock - In-dash
- Compressor - Intercooled turbo
- Cruise control
- Daytime running lights
- External temperature display
- Front-wheel drive
- Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 36 and EPA city (mpg): 25
- Head airbags - Curtain 1st and 2nd row
- Interior air filtration
- Intermittent window wipers
- Multi-function remote - Trunk/hatch/door/tailgate
- Overhead console - Mini with storage
- Passenger Airbag
- Power heated mirrors
- Power steering
- Power windows with 4 one-touch
- Privacy/tinted glass
- Rear bench seats
- Rear defogger
- Rear wiper
- Remote power door locks
- Satellite communications - VW Car-Net
- Signal mirrors - Turn signal in mirrors
- Stability control
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- Traction control - ABS and driveline
- Transmission hill holder
- Trip computer
- Video Monitor Location - Front
The popular Volkswagen Golf hatchback heads into its seventh generation for 2015. Two models with a host of trim levels are offered. The Golf 1.8T is available in either 2-door or 4-door guise, with power provided by a 170-horsepower turbocharged 1.8L 4-cylinder. This is mated to either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. VW claims the 1.8T has an EPA-estimated 36 mpg on the highway. The 4-door-only 2.0L TDI clean diesel produces 150 horsepower and returns up to 45 mpg on the highway. It is mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Two-door 1.8T models are offered in either Launch Edition or S trims. The base Launch Edition is offered only with the manual transmission and includes 15-inch steel wheels, heated side mirrors, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free connectivity, an 8-speaker stereo with iPod hookup, 5.8-inch touchscreen and HD radio, as well as cloth seating with a 60/40 split folding rear seat. The S trim upgrades the wheels to 15-inch alloys and V-Tex leatherette seating, and the automatic transmission is available.
For the 4-door 1.8T and TDI, three trims are offered: S, SE and SEL. In the SE, buyers will find 17-inch wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, halogen fog lights, a power panoramic sunroof and a rearview camera. Inside, amenities include a Fender premium audio system with eight speakers and a subwoofer and heated front seats. The top-of-the-line SEL trim includes 18-inch wheels, touchscreen navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control and front sport seats with 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat.
Available packages include a Lighting Package, with adaptive bi-Xenon headlights, which turn in conjunction with the car's movements down the road. The Driver Assistance Package features Park Distance Control with front and rear proximity sensors, as well as a Forward Collision Warning that alerts you when there's trouble ahead.
All Golfs come with standard safety features that include anti-lock brakes, traction control and engine braking assist, plus a host of airbags to protect the cabin.
The Volkswagen Golf enters its seventh generation for 2015 and is completely redesigned, though the changes are subtle, beginning at the front with revised headlights and bumper, moving along to creased sides, with new taillights in the rear. It is the first U.S.-market VW to utilize the company's Modular Transverse Matrix platform, which other VW Group vehicles worldwide share. Overall, VW claims the new Golf is bigger, lighter, faster and more fuel-efficient than the car it replaces. Power comes from a turbocharged 1.8L 4-cylinder, which takes the place of the previous generation's 2.5L 5-cylinder. A 2.0L turbo direct-injection clean diesel is also available, offering an EPA-estimated highway fuel economy rating of 36 mpg when equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Pricing for the new Golf starts at $17,995.