2018 Volkswagen Golf

2018 Volkswagen Golf
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MSRP range
$20,910 - $24,755
2018 Volkswagen Golf
Save up to $5,285

Pros

  • Squared-off hatchback design provides lots of room for cargo
  • Premium interior materials
  • Engine is powerful and fuel-efficient

Cons

  • Automatic transmission doesn't shift as responsively or intuitively as we'd like
  • Fewer luxury and convenience features offered than on rival hatchbacks


Which Golf does Edmunds recommend?

The upgrades between trim levels are largely luxuries and not serious quality-of-life improvements. The base S has more equipment than ever, and it gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so we don't see a major need to upgrade. That said, if you want any active safety features or heated seats, you'll need to spring for the SE.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

When it launched for the 2015 model year, this generation Golf was an outlier in the economy class. It offered higher-quality interior materials and more refined ride and handling characteristics than its competitors, along with the practicality of a hatchback. In many ways, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf is better than ever. This year, you get more standard features, including smartphone integration, LED running lights and taillights, automatic headlights and wipers, and the option of a new 8.5-inch infotainment touchscreen.

But even though the 2018 Golf retains its old charms and adds more features, the rest of the small-car field has evolved. The Honda Civic hatchback offers enjoyable performance and high fuel economy along with a roomy back seat and a slew of technology and safety features available across most of its lineup. Or you could check out the Mazda 3, which is engaging on the road and can be had with an even more upscale interior than the Golf.

It'll be worth your while to scout out these rivals, or even the redesigned Hyundai Elantra GT. Still, the 2018 Golf's positive attributes greatly outweigh its negatives.

2018 Volkswagen Golf configurations

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 and bumps the Golf's torque up to 199 lb-ft if so equipped.

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.

Upgrading to the S adds heated washer nozzles, 16-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof. Inside, the SE upgrades to simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, and keyless entry with push-button start. You also get blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Pedestrian recognition will be added to the collision mitigation system later this year.

The SE's infotainment system is upgraded to an 8-inch touchscreen that adds a CD player and satellite radio, along with VW's Security & Service app.

Driving

The Golf managed a 7.8-second 0-60 mph run in our testing, 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. Our biggest issue is the automatic transmission's tendency to lurch at low speeds.

Comfort

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.

Interior

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.

Utility

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.

Technology

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.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Volkswagen Golf.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Fun, zippy car!
Chris,05/16/2018
This car is fun, fast and does a great job for your every day commuter. It’s comfortable, great sound system and quiet. If you and your other half or friend wanted to go on a road trip, no doubt you wouldn’t have a great time. The furthest I’ve gone so far non stop is about 100 miles and I was averaging 37-39 mpg
Upscale hatchback
David,07/26/2018
I had a Mazda Miata previously, so the VW Golf is definitely a big step up in terms of stability and comfort. I am a person who actually likes to drive and am a moderate driver. Having driven and researched the Japanese hatchbacks and smaller cars, the Golf is absolutely a much better driver's car. The others drive like school buses. The SE has a few bells and whistles I wasn't too worried about, so I bought the S model. Driving the S with the 5 speed manual is not a lot different than the 2010 GTI I owned (not as fast of course). The 2018 Golf gives one a feeling of solidity and control that other cars lack. It is quiet, comfortable and refined, gets great mileage and handles very well. Electronics are very nice. I think the Germans have done good work improving the Golf over the years. I only have 3000 miles on this car, so this is an initial assessment. I can't comment on reliability, but I hope for the best and am careful with the car, researching the owner's manual and following it explicitly. I am very happy with my Golf and am looking forward to taking it on a longer trip to see how it performs.
2018 VW Golf SE
Roberto,04/21/2018
5 years ago, I test drove a Golf TDI 5M. Ended up purchasing a Jetta SW 6A the year after. 4 years later I now own a Golf TSI 5M and it’s as fun to drive as the one I test drove 5 years ago. It also is roomier than 5 years ago.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$24,755
MPG
24 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 4500 rpm
MSRP
$22,010
MPG
24 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 4500 rpm
MSRP
$23,655
MPG
25 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
170 hp @ 4500 rpm
MSRP
$20,910
MPG
25 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
170 hp @ 4500 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Golf safety features:

Blind-Spot Monitoring
Alerts the driver when a car enters a blind spot. Includes rear cross-traffic alert that warns about approaching cars when reversing.
Forward Collision Warning
Detects an impending front collision and warns the driver to take action.
Autonomous Emergency Braking
Applies the brakes automatically to avoid a front collision should the driver fail to act.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 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 Rollover13.4%
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 for Sale

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2018 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF TURBOCHARGES 6-SPEED AUTOMATIC, *170HP* ALLOY WHEELS* BLUETOOTH*, SIRIUS XM* BACK UP CAMERA*HEATED AND FOLDABLE SIDE MIRRORS*AUTOMATIC HEADLIGHTS*COMPOSITON COLOR 6.5 INCH TOUCHSCREEN INFOTAINMENT CENTER*APPLE AND ANDROID COMPATABLE*8 SPEAKER SOUND SYSTEM* AND MUCH MORE. SCHEDULE YOUR TEST DRIVE TODAY. 2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI S 4-Door Titan Blk Cloth. Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! 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

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf is a compact hatchback with a near-luxury interior and refined driving dynamics. For this year, Volkswagen simplified the Golf lineup to two trim levels: the S and the SE. Both trim levels come standard with a 170-horsepower turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission.

The manual-equipped Golf returns an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined (25 city/34 highway), while the automatic drops each of those numbers down by 1 mpg. In our testing, Volkswagen's economy hatchback covered 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds, which is quick for the class.

New for the 2018 Golf S are standard LED daytime-running lights and taillights, automatic wipers and automatic headlights. Inside, Volkswagen upgraded the standard infotainment system to a 6.5-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Golf SE comes with more luxuries such as 16-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, faux leather upholstery, heated front seats, and keyless entry with push-button start. You also get active safety features including blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. New to the 2018 Golf SE is an 8-inch touchscreen.

While the cost of entry is higher for the Volkswagen Golf than for many other economy compacts, its base equipment by and large matches what you'll find in competitors' midlevel trims. However, active safety features and driver aids are more limited on the Golf than on many more recently redesigned cars.

Still, we like the Golf's quiet, roomy and upscale interior, in no small part because it feels more entry-level luxury than economy compact. We also appreciate the refined ride quality and good driving dynamics. The Golf is a fun, little car that's also a nice place to spend time.

Make sure to check out our full review for more information. If you think this is the right car for you, take advantage of Edmunds' shopping tools to get the best deal on a 2018 Volkswagen Golf in your area.

2018 Volkswagen Golf Overview

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf is offered in the following submodels: Golf Hatchback. Available styles include TSI SE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), TSI S 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), TSI SE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), and TSI S 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M).

What do people think of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Golf 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.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Golf featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. 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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We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI SE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI SE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,070. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI SE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $5,248 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI SE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI SE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,785. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI SE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M) is trending $5,275 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI S 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI S 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,325. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI S 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $5,285 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI S 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is22.7% below the MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI S 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M) is23.1% below the MSRP.

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