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Volkswagen Golf Guide

Get the best online car shopping experience with expert reviews of the Volkswagen Golf. Read more to learn about the most important features and important factors to consider when researching the Volkswagen Golf.

OverviewVolkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is one of the world's most successful and beloved compact cars. Here in the United States, the two- and four-door hatchback's enticing combination of practicality, comfort, refined road manners and an upscale, roomy cabin make it an appealing choice for new and used car shoppers. The last three generations have been fairly similar, representing a constant evolution in terms of design, engineering improvements and feature availability. Discover the ins and outs on used Volkswagen Golfs, available now in Carvana's inventory.

NOTEWORTHY FEATURES

Strong Acceleration

Though previous editions of the Volkswagen Golf were outfit with underperforming 2.5-liter five-cylinder engines, more contemporary Golf models (2015 and beyond) have noticeably upgraded in this department. In its place is a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain that produces 170 horsepower and is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 in 7.8 seconds.

Impressive Fuel Economy

With the improved engine, the Golf also improves its offerings at the fuel pump. EPA estimates for the Golf have it achieving 29 mpg combined (25 mpg city/36 mpg highway) with the automatic and 30 mpg combined with the manual. The Golf also comes in an even more fuel efficient diesel-powered TDI model, which the EPA estimates gets 36 mpg combined (31 mpg city/43 mpg highway) on both the automatic and manual transmissions.

Class-Leading Cargo Space

The Golf is an ideal cargo hauler for the small hatchback segment. In fact, with 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space available behind the rear seats, and a class-leading 52.7 cubic feet of storage capacity with the rear seats folded down (large enough to 13 bags of golf clubs), the Golf is without rivals in this category.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

Smartphone Integration

Not exactly what you want to hear in an age dominated by smartphones, but alas, there are certain hangups associated with the Golf when it comes to smartphone integration. Chiefly, the large iPhone connector plug can require users to remove their phone cases, which is inconvenient considering the prevalence of USB ports.

Navigation System

Another notable issue with the Golf is its rather basic navigation system by contemporary standards. For instance, the Golf's nav system fails to include up-to-date traffic information on the interactive map. Instead, it only lists traffic incidents in the general area of your vehicle.

Driving Mechanics

While the Golf's engine has been noticeably upgraded, there are still a few quirks you should be aware of before buying. Once such quirk is a mysterious drop in power with the diesel TDI model when engine nears redline. Another has to do with the transmission on the gas-powered six-speed automatic model, which has a tendency to hunt for the right gear when accelerating from a stop.

Volkswagen Golf Reviews

OVERALL RATING
4.7 OUT OF 5 (72 Reviews)