2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
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Pros

  • Quick, zippy acceleration guarantees grins for miles
  • Sporty handling makes fun work of twisting roads
  • Roomy hatchback design offers excellent passenger and cargo versatility
  • High-quality interior materials look and feel great

Cons

  • Transmission doesn't shift smoothly at low speeds
  • Some competitors offer more performance for a lower price
  • Standard high-performance tires contribute to a stiff ride quality
  • Now-common safety aids limited to top two trims


Which Golf GTI does Edmunds recommend?

It tips the scales at more than $31,000, but the SE with a manual transmission is worth it for several features not available on the base model. They include upgraded brakes, LED headlights, a sunroof, driver assistance features (forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring), a larger touchscreen, and the option to upgrade to leather upholstery.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

One drive in a 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI and you'll understand why this model has become something of an icon since its American debut in 1983. Like the standard Golf on which it is based, the Golf GTI offers plenty of practicality and interior materials that feel as if they were pulled from a more expensive German car.

But where the Golf emphasizes fuel economy and a competitive price, the GTI ratchets up the excitement with a punchy engine, a quick-shifting automatic transmission and stylish upholstery. As befits a performance car, the GTI sits a little lower and rides a little stiffer than the regular Golf, which degrades ride quality somewhat. The payoff, however, is heroic stability and grip in turns.

The GTI isn't the only choice among the so-called hot hatches; Ford, Mini and Subaru also make convincing alternatives. The GTI isn't even VW's top-performing hatch. For that, there's the much more hardcore (and expensive) Golf R. But for drivers who prize fun and practicality, the GTI checks all the right boxes.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI configurations

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI is a four-door hatchback that seats five. It's available in three trim levels: S, SE and Autobahn. The S comes well-equipped for a base model (automatic headlights, heated front seats, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto), but lacks some more common features and conveniences. The SE fills in the gaps with amenities such as a sunroof, driver aids and upgraded entertainment. The Autobahn doesn't equip the GTI for life on the famous German superhighway, but it does make life notably more comfortable for the driver with leather upholstery, a premium sound system, and even a self-parking system.

All GTI models are front-wheel-drive and use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (220 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque) paired with a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

For a base trim, the S comes with some nice features, including 18-inch alloy wheels, high-performance tires, LED foglights, heated mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, cloth upholstery, heated front seats, ambient interior lighting, and a 60/40-split folding rear seats with a center pass-through. Technology features include a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, and an eight-speaker sound system.

Moving up to the SE, our recommended trim, adds upgraded brakes (same as those on the Golf R), a limited-slip differential, LED headlights, a sunroof, keyless entry, push-button ignition, an 8-inch touchscreen display, an eight-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio, and VW Car-Net Security and Service connected services. It also gets driver assistance features that include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Leather upholstery is the only option for SE models. It is, in fact, the only option available for the whole 2018 GTI lineup.

Finally, the Autobahn trim adds an adaptive suspension, automatic high beams, a power-adjustable driver seat, a navigation system, and a subwoofer-enhanced Fender sound system. The Autobahn also showcases Volkswagen's most current driver assistance and safety features, including adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors with Maneuver Braking (automatically applies the brakes if a collision with nearby objects while parking seems likely), a self-parking system (Park Assist), and a lane departure warning/lane keeping assist system.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Volkswagen GTI (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 6-speed dual-clutch automatic | FWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Golf GTI has received some revisions, including new infotainment systems, the addition of driver assistance features, and more standard horsepower for 2018. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Golf GTI, however.

Driving

You could drive the GTI every day and have no clue about its performance potential because it's so easy and normal-feeling. Get it on the right road, though, and it's a stunner, with agile handling and invigorating mannerisms. Its 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder is always smooth, always eager.

Acceleration

With the Performance Pack's 220 hp and launch control, the GTI gets to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. Lightning-fast shifts come from the dual-clutch transmission either via paddles or in automatic modes.

Braking

5.0
Thanks to summer tires, the GTI stops from 60 mph in only 109 feet. The real coup for the GTI is the superb, firm and easy-to-control brake feel.

Steering

Quick and not too heavy, the GTI's steering, like the brakes, is proof that VW still has some drivers on its staff. It has a sporty feel when you pick up the pace, yet it doesn't remind you about it in daily driving.

Handling

A true hot hatch, the GTI begs to be driven hard and rewards the driver with good grip, slight tail-slide, and predictable inputs. It's a total blast with no undue influence of engine power on the steering and awesome traction from the limited-slip front differential.

Drivability

There's one ding on the GTI's drivability: a slight low-speed jerkiness from the dual-clutch transmission, but that's common to dual-clutches. Still, this is a phenomenally easy car to drive and live with.

Comfort

A stiff ride is expected in this category, but the GTI puts a toe over the line with a rough, busy ride. The comfortable seats and quiet cabin help make up for it to a large extent.

Seat comfort

Though we had leather upholstery and not the base GTI's cool tartan cloth, the seats were still grippy, well-bolstered and breathable. The manual adjustments can be awkward, however.

Ride comfort

The blame could lie with the sporty summer tires on our test car or the nonadjustable suspension, but the GTI exhibited a rough, busy ride over most surfaces we encountered.

Noise & vibration

Despite the GTI's stiff-legged ride, the cabin is quiet for the class. Minimal tire noise, a pleasant engine sound and only a hint of audible impact harshness. No noticeable wind noise.

Climate control

Three dials with grippy, tactile rings control temperature, fan speed and vent locations. A small handful of buttons control other functions, such as recirculation, the defroster and seat heaters. All HVAC controls should be this simple.

Interior

4.5
The GTI is the grown-up of the hot-hatch segment and that really shows on the interior. It's clean and easy to use with excellent materials for the segment. A winner.

Ease of use

Designed for the driver, the GTI's controls are all a short reach away from the steering wheel, in smart locations and clearly labeled.

Getting in/getting out

The wide and tall doors combine with moderately high seats to make it an easy car to get in and out of, especially for its size.

Driving position

This generation GTI is much improved on its predecessors in allowing drivers of all sizes, but especially shorter drivers, to get comfortable and reach the pedals without sitting on top of the steering wheel. Power adjustments make even quicker work of finding a suitable position.

Roominess

4.5
It's not until you get out of the GTI that you realize how small it actually is. The cabin feels large, and the tilt-and-telescoping action of the steering wheel allows tall drivers to get comfortable, too.

Visibility

The GTI's rearview camera is handy but entirely unnecessary. This car has great sightlines all around and a high seating position for a terrific view outward.

Quality

In traditional German fashion, the GTI's interior feels sturdy and looks utilitarian. We observed no squeaks or rattles from our tester, and the switches operated with a satisfying tactile feel.

Utility

By virtue of its hatchback design, utility is one of the GTI's top priorities. There aren't many daily cargo needs that the GTI can't handle with 16.5 cubic feet of luggage space behind the second row, 52.7 cubic feet with the seats folded, and a center pass-through for those moments in between.

Small-item storage

The long but narrow door pockets can handle smaller water bottles and a typical assortment of phones, devices, charging accessories, even paper maps — if anyone still uses them.

Cargo space

There's 16.5 cubic feet of luggage space behind the rear seats. Removing the parcel shelf/cargo cover increases that to 22.8 cubic feet. The rear seats don't fold completely flat but still yield almost 53 cubic feet of max cargo space — impressive and useful no matter how you slice it.

Child safety seat accommodation

LATCH anchors are easy to find and access, although larger rear-facing convertible car seats force the front seats far forward, possibly too much for passenger comfort. A single seat in the middle position is one solution, although the car seat is prone to rub against the front seat fabric.

Technology

The 2018 GTI gets a larger touchscreen display with improved graphics, viewing angles and response times. A full suite of available driver assistance features makes the GTI a full-fledged adult's car.

Audio & navigation

Larger 8-inch displays replace 6.5-inch displays in SE and Autobahn trims. Navigation is available only on Autobahn. Fender-branded audio system isn't especially exceptional but offers a subwoofer. The sound system in the SE and Autobahn can even play back FLAC files, a favorite audiophile format.

Smartphone integration

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink are key additions, available throughout the lineup.

Driver aids

The 2018 GTI builds on existing driver aids. SE trim offers basic but useful features (blind-spot monitoring, auto emergency braking). The Autobahn offers a full menu: adaptive cruise control, lane departure/lane keeping assist, even a self-parking system. Unfortunately, the base model offers none.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Get This car Immediately (See what I did there?)
Colin,03/12/2018
After my 22 year old son bought his first car, on his own dime that is, my wife and I had to step back and take notice. He had talked about wanting a GTI since middle school and when it came time to trade the 1990 Saab 900 Turbo in that mom and dad had given him to drive through part of high school and college, he jumped at the chance to buy a GTI. His 2013 Wolfsburg edition was a different sort of animal than his Saab was...and it was also a tempting ride for my wife and I. A year after he bought the car, we traded in our 2013 Juke Nismo and picked up a 2018 S model. Since the age of 16, I have owned well over 50 different vehicles, most of them being some type of enthusiast car. From a 1966 Ford Mustang convertible to a 2001 GMC Yukon to a 2006 BMW 325i to a 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth, I've owned something of everything. I have experienced luxury (1992 Mercedes 300 AMG) to the basest car available (1986 Golf with a 3 speed automatic). I've owned slow (Any Isuzu Trooper or Mitsubishi Montero) and I've owned fast (2006 Nissan 350Z or 2001 BMW Z3M). But this GTI trumps them all. And it isn't even close. We bought the base model because it was the cheapest and offered everything we wanted in the car. While we would have loved LED headlights and a sunroof, the difference in price and possible repair cost offset that desire. I took a bath on my Juke when I traded it in, rolling about $2500 in negative equity into the loan...and that was after the down payment. Apparently when a manufacturer announces that a particular model is being discontinued, values plummet, even when that model is the enthusiast version and the most expensive. So one minor nit-pick with the car is that it is on the pricier side of things. But once you drive one, you will know why. The motor in this car is phenomenal. So much torque that you can pull away from nearly any speed in any gear. And speaking of transmission... the 6 speed manual in this car? Like hot butter. Seamless. Perfect. The Juke had a fantastic tranny. Snickety-snick through the gears. The GTI is a step above which I was not sure was possible. It is apparently. With Android Auto, there is no need for XM or navigation on this base model. Just plug your phone in and use the infotainment center to listen to what you want. Navigation through whatever app you want to use is right at your fingertips on the 6.5 inch screen. Heated seats are standard as is a back up camera that folks back into the rear hatch, protecting it from the elements and making it easy to see, even on an icy morning where a regular camera would be iced over or a rainy day when the camera would be smeared with rain water. And those plaid seats? Iconic and comfortable. Though I would normally prefer leather, these cloth seats are incredible. They are supportive, firm and look the part. Overall, this car is the most balanced car I have ever owned. It does everything well. This isn't just a jack of all trades auto, it's a master of all trades. Get This car Immediately (GTI). Seriously. UPDATE: still the best car I've ever owned. 20k miles and counting. Reliable, fun to drive, beautiful...
Goft GTI SE / Leather
Mike,04/12/2018
Bought the vehicle 3 weeks ago. The main reason for the choice is to have a smaller sized car with "peppy / sporty" driving characteristics for the city. The GTI is a fun little car and with the hatchback design still easy to use for storing some bulky items (55" TV in box fit perfect). Particular for city (San Fran) parking it is perfect. I like the acceleration and sportiness. The suspension is on the stiff side and potholes are for sure felt thru the body. Overall very good visibility and easy to get in and out too. 4 people fit nicely into the car. If anyone looks for a sporty compact vehicle I recommend the Golf GTI
Nice Upgrade from the SE
Brian Campbell,05/12/2018
The main reasons I went with this trim over the SE was to gain Adaptive Cruise control and to keep the Fender stereo, which is only available on the Autobahn in 2018. The implementation of Android Auto is probably my favorite feature of this car - I don't even use the built-in navigation or satellite radio. The adaptive cruise and other driving aids are well done, with the exception of Lane keeping assist, which, if left to its own devices, wanders from side-to-side in the lane like a drunk driver. Other nice to haves include adaptive dampers, automatic climate control, a more comfortable 12-way adjustable driver's seat, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and self-parking. (I was skeptical about the utility of that last one, but it works well and assures I don't get "curb rash" when parallel parking.) Gripes are few: From prior experience with my 2015 model, I know that I'll have to replace the standard Bridgestone Potenza RE97s at around 20,000 miles, as they start to have crappy wet traction at that point. Also, there were a couple of build issues, including a sunroof rattle and a minor trim piece that fell off, which are being addressed by the dealer. Overall, I'm very happy with the decision to go with the Autobahn over the SE and would recommend it to anyone who can afford the additional coin.
My fun car
Don,07/12/2018
Traded my 2016 GTI S model in to get the 2018 SE version. I loved my 2016 model, had absolutely no problems with it at all. The longer warranty and new safety features on the 2018 model were the primary factors behind my decision to let go of the 2016 version. I really like the new LED headlights and tail lights, the larger brakes and the electronic limited slip differential bring a noticeable improvement over the my previous car. I wish that I had upgraded to the summer tires on both cars rather than stay with the stock versions. However I do like the ride and performance of the Hankooks that came on the 2018 car over the Bridgestones that came on the 2016 version. My 2016 car had the manual transmission which I loved but I went with the DSG transmission on 2018 which really is a better fit for me over the long run. While I'm not unhappy with the mpg I am seeing on the 2018 I got about 3-4 mpg better with the manual than I am getting with the DSG transmission. The low speed performance of the DSG is much better than I experienced with earlier versions on Jetta's that our family owned. I had been wanting a GTI for 25 years+ when I got the 2016 model and have not been disappointed with either car. Love taking it for drives on twisty mountain roads but frankly look forward to commuting to the office in it everyday as well.
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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI video

[MUSIC PLAYING] KURT NIEBUHR: On my left is the 2018 Volkswagen GTI. On my right is the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R. They both look pretty similar. So what makes this one the GTI, and what makes this one the R? Let's find out. [MUSIC PLAYING] The entry level 2018 Volkswagen GTI starts off at about $26,500 and goes up to what this car costs, about 36 grand. All GTIs come with front-wheel drive, four-cylinder, turbocharged engines. This particular GTI has the Autobahn trim, which comes with bigger brakes, the same size brakes that you can get on the Golf R. The 2018 Golf R starts at about 39 to 40 grand with a 6-speed manual. It's also a two liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but it has all-wheel drive. This particular one has the DSG automatic. That bumps the price up closer to 41 grand. But there aren't really any other trims or options for the car. Is it really worth the extra money? [MUSIC PLAYING] The GTI has chunked up a bit over the last 20 something years. And it tips the scales at 3,216 pounds. The Golf R weighs about 200 pounds more. But you wouldn't know it based on the way it accelerates. We ripped off a zero to 60 time at 4.7 seconds. Shifts from the DSG were quick and aggressive, even chirping second gear. And the engine pulled hard right through the quarter mile. Try as we might, we just couldn't get the GTI to hook up. And our zero to 60 time suffered as a result. We suspected the Pirelli all seasons as the culprit and confirmed that suspicion as the day went on. Braking in the R was impeccable with consistent stopping distances and a low 106 foot range. The Golf R is faster for obvious reasons. It has more horsepower, But what's it like to drive? That's the important part. [ENGINE ROARING] One of the benefits to all-wheel drive is that you can use all of the power and the torque that the engine is making. The Golf R has all-wheel drive. So I can come out of a really tight hairpin, like this one, and I don't have to worry about feathering the throttle, managing wheel spin. I can just mash it. Even though you can get a 6-speed manual in this car, which is great, I love the fact that you can get a manual, the DSG is a fantastic gearbox. It's really fast. It's right with you. It knows what I want. It knows when I lift off not to upshift. It knows when I hit the brakes really hard like this. It goes down through the gears for me. It's a great gearbox. A great gearbox. [ENGINE ROARING] If I had one complaint about the Golf R is its weight. It just can't get away from how much it weighs. The front tires can get overworked and overheated pretty quickly if you start to push too hard. That's not saying that they're weak. You can cover ground at a pretty quick pace and they'll hold up just fine. But if you overdrive it, you'll lose the front tire. [MUSIC PLAYING] I think the Golf R is the pinnacle of practical performance. It's compact. It's fast. It has a hatchback. So if you really have your heart set on that nonexistent Audi S3 hatchback in the US, this is the car that you have to buy. Oh, it's good. [MUSIC PLAYING] So because the GTI isn't as fast, it doesn't have the raw speed of the R, you've got to work a little harder to make it go fast. But that's fun. And that's kind of always been the point of the GTI. You work hard and you're rewarded. I like that. [ENGINE ROARING] So this has front-wheel drive, not the all-wheel drive, which means you've got to pay attention on slow corner exits like this one. You come into it, and you can't just mash it. You've got to wait. And you still get wheel spin on the inside. This car does have an electronic limited slip, which helps a little bit, but you're still wasting power with wheel spin. It's really hard to find fault with a manual transmission in the GTI. It's just so intuitive. It's so easy to just rev match. Up shifts are positive every time. The gates are well defined. The action is right. There's really no reason not to buy the 6-speed manual. There really isn't. There is one knock against the GTI. I've got to say, it's the tire choice. These Pirelli all seasons just don't do the car justice. The chassis feels really good, and even without a limited slip in the front, or a proper limited slip in the front. It's still really playful. But the tires just give up really quickly. And they are loud and squealy. Listen to that. I wish this thing came with summer tires. The 2018 Golf GTI, it's got different ingredients, but it's the same recipe. What's not to like? Maybe besides the tires. Clearly, we love the GTI for the driving experience. It's fun, it's rewarding. But as the price climbs with options, it makes less and less sense. A $36 thousand GTI is a little hard to swallow, especially when the Golf R is looming just a few thousand dollars more. While the price tag might seem a bit expensive, the more time we spent in and around and driving the R, the more we were smitten with its mix of performance and comfort. At $40 thousand, we think it's right on the money. [MUSIC PLAYING] For more videos like this, hit subscribe. For full reviews on these VWs, be sure to go to Edmunds.

What's the Difference Between a Golf GTI and Golf R?

To the untrained eye there's little difference between the Golf GTI and Golf R. Under its subtly styled skin, the Golf R packs all-wheel drive, considerably more power and a more upscale interior. The GTI, however, stays true to its roots with its torquey engine and front-wheel-drive layout. So which of the two cars offers a better driving experience? Road Test Editor Kurt Niebuhr drives them back to back to find out.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$31,570
MPG
24 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Gas
220 hp @ 4700 rpm
MSRP
$30,470
MPG
25 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
220 hp @ 4700 rpm
MSRP
$26,415
MPG
25 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
220 hp @ 4700 rpm
MSRP
$27,515
MPG
24 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Gas
220 hp @ 4700 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Golf GTI safety features:

Forward Collision Warning
Warns the driver if a front collision, including with pedestrians, seems imminent. If necessary, can apply automatic emergency braking.
Maneuver Braking
Embedded within the front and rear parking sensor system, automatically applies the brakes if a collision with a nearby object seems likely.
Lane Assist
Warns the driver of vehicles in blind spots with a flashing LED. Can also apply countersteering to nudge the vehicle back into its lane.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover11.1%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback for Sale

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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Autobahn 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, 9 Speakers, ABS brakes, Adaptive suspension, Air Conditioning, AM/FM radio: SiriusXM, Anti-whiplash front head restraints, Auto High-beam Headlights, Auto-dimming Rear-View mirror, Automatic temperature control, Blind spot sensor: Blind Spot Monitor warning, Bumpers: body-color, CD player, Dual front impact airbags, Dual front side impact airbags, Electronic Stability Control, Four wheel independent suspension, Front anti-roll bar, Front dual zone A/C, Fully automatic headlights, Heated door mirrors, Low tire pressure warning, Navigation System, Occupant sensing airbag, Power door mirrors, Power driver seat, Power moonroof, Power steering, Power windows, Radio data system, Radio: Discover Media w/8 Touchscreen Navigation, Rear window defroster, Remote keyless entry, Speed-sensing steering, Spoiler, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, Traction control, Turn signal indicator mirrors. Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! 25/33 City/Highway MPG All conditions subject to credit approval. All offers plus Tax, Tags, Freight ($820 for sedans and $910 for trucks for new vehicles), processing fee of $ 685. Dealer installed options additional. Prices includes rebates and incentives available to all customers and may be in lieu of low APR programs. Stock photo colors, options and trim levels may vary. Vehicles subject to prior sale. Not responsible for typographical errors. Specifications, features, safety and warranty data are based on what is available as standard specs/features per trim level; for the designated model-year, and may not apply to vehicles with added packages or options. Final price must be verified by management. See dealer for details. Vehicles may be in-transit to dealer. Please call to confirm status.
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More about the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

It's easy to understand the appeal of a compact hatchback. It combines the small footprint and thrifty fuel efficiency of a compact car with cargo capacity to rival the appeal of some big sedans. Yet that practicality doesn't have to be attached to a car that is boring. The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI falls into a subgenre of the compact hatchbacks once dubbed the "hot hatch." These variants had more gusto under the hood and refined, sport-tuned chassis to enhance athleticism and deliver driving thrills. And this performance bent comes at no loss to versatility.

The GTI represents the latest chapter in a story that dates back to the 1980s, when the GTI first appeared in the U.S. and arguably started the hot-hatch era. Through rabid enthusiast clubs and forums, the GTI has achieved cultlike status over the past three-plus decades. Spend time behind the wheel of the latest GTI, and you'll understand why its fans are so enthusiastic.

Based on VW's Golf, the GTI shares its roomy interior, impressive materials and commendable build quality. From there, the GTI adds sizzle in the form of a feisty turbocharged engine, a taut suspension, and sporty cabin upgrades such as heavily bolstered sport seats and a thick-rimmed, flat-bottom steering wheel. Visual effects include 18-inch alloy wheels, a unique lower front fascia and a chrome-tipped dual exhaust.

Whether you opt for the manual or the dual-clutch automatic transmission, the GTI is both swift (0-60 mph in the mid-6 seconds) and fairly fuel-efficient. The EPA estimates range from 27 mpg combined (24 city/32 highway) for the automatic transmission and 28 mpg combined (25 city/33 highway) for the manual. As you might expect, the GTI has a noticeably firmer ride than the standard Golf. But this is the trade-off for increased athleticism.

The GTI is available in three trim levels, ranging from the base S to the loaded Autobahn. The S comes with a generous standard features list, highlighted by heated front seats and a rearview camera. The Autobahn offers features such as a navigation system, adaptive cruise control, and an adaptive suspension, which allows both a softer ride for commuting on rough roads and a tighter setting for curvy roads. The SE trim sits in between.

However you might want to equip your ideal GTI, you will end up with a car that draws a nice balance between driving enjoyment and everyday practicality. Let Edmunds help you find the perfect GTI for your driveway.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Overview

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback is offered in the following styles: SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M), S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), and Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M).

What do people think of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Golf GTI Hatchback 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Golf GTI Hatchback.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Golf GTI Hatchback featuring deep dives into trim levels including SE, S, Autobahn, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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What's a good price for a New 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback?
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,385. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $7,136 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,136 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$29,249.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is19.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 58 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,380. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $6,500 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,500 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,880.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is20.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 63 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,730. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $6,692 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,692 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$21,038.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is24.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 38 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $37,385. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) is trending $7,367 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,367 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$30,018.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) is19.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 49 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Autobahn 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,830. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) is trending $6,185 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,185 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$22,645.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) is21.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 29 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32,885. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) is trending $7,202 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,202 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$25,683.

The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) is21.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 27 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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Which 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchbacks are available in my area?

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback Listings and Inventory

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI?

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