Upgraded Tech, Styling Bring VW Golf Into 2018

Volkswagen’s popular Golf gets fresh styling for the 2018 model year along with new infotainment technology to add convenience to the zippy hatchback that has been a favorite with drivers for more than 40 years.

Under the Hood

Volkswagen engineers equipped the 2018 Golf with a turbocharged and direct-injected 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 170 horsepower and 199 or 184 pound-feet of torque, depending on transmission.

Maximum torque is available on models equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic manual-shift capability. A five-speed manual transmission is also offered.

An optional all-wheel-drive system provides superior cornering performance as well as an added layer of safety by giving better traction on slippery or loose road surfaces.

Comfort and Convenience

New for 2018 Golf models is an upgraded MIB II infotainment system as standard equipment on all models. Basic models come with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, while upgraded models feature an 8-inch color display with faster response time and better viewing angles.

Standard on all models is Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect, which syncs smartphones with the vehicle via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for hands-free voice calls, audio streaming and mobile app integration. An available smartwatch app allows drivers to stay connected with their vehicles from afar for safety and security as well as a service web portal.

The available Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service system offers drivers enhanced vehicle diagnostics as well as Family Guardian, which sends alerts when customizable speed thresholds are crossed, helping parents with peace of mind when their teens take the vehicle out on their own.


Six standard airbags protect occupants of the 2018 Golf in the event of a collision, and three-point seat belts are standard for all five seating locations.

Antilock disc brakes with brake assist stop the vehicle quickly, and the stability/traction control systems work in tandem to keep it on the driver’s intended course.

A rearview camera is standard, and available safety features include forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, blind spot monitoring and rear traffic alert.

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