What Is It?
2015 Volkswagen Golf
What's Special About It?
Despite its familiar look, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf is an all-new, ground-up redesign. It will be the first model in the U.S. to use Volkswagen's newest front-wheel-drive architecture known as MQB, or modular transverse matrix (makes sense in German). This will also be the first U.S.-bound Golf built in Mexico instead of Germany.
What does this mean for the Golf? For one, it will cost less to build for Volkswagen, so expect competitive pricing and/or even greater feature content. Rainer Michel, head of product planning for Volkswagen in the U.S., told us that the Golf "will always be positioned above the Jetta," so don't expect any bargain-basement models designed to boost volume.
Instead, Volkswagen will continue to push the Golf as a premium hatchback. "This is a car that feels more like a midsize sedan in terms of refinement," Michel said. The wheelbase is longer, so it's not only bigger inside, it should ride smoother as well. The drivetrain options are familiar, with 2.0-liter four-cylinders in both gas (210 horsepower in the GTI) and diesel versions (150 hp in the TDI) along with a new 1.8-liter, 170-hp engine on base models.
It all sounds promising, but it's not going on sale until early next year. Volkswagen officials say it's simply a matter of timing, one that is clearly not in the favor of the U.S. With more localized production, however, expect that future variations of this Golf, like the Golf GTD and Golf R, will arrive on a slightly more aggressive schedule.
What Edmunds Says:
Nothing wrong with a bigger yet lighter Golf. If only it were coming this fall instead of next year.