2018 Volkswagen Golf

2018 Volkswagen Golf
Save up to $6,618
MSRP range
$20,910 - $24,755

Pros

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

Cons

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

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Volkswagen Golf.

Fun, zippy car!
Chris, 5/16/2018
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, 7/26/2018
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, 4/21/2018
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

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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: . 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.

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What's a good price for a New 2018 Volkswagen Golf?
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 $6,618 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 $24,970. The average price paid for a new 2018 Volkswagen Golf TSI SE 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M) is trending $5,331 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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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 $5,446 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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