2018 Volkswagen Golf

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Volkswagen Golf highlights

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  • Hatchback convenience
  • Potent and efficient engine
  • Nicer than average cabin materials


  • Some features are not offered
  • Automatic transmission is slow to react
  • Brakes can be abrupt

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 29 highway, 24 combined

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The 2018 Volkswagen Golf packs a lot of fun and features

In many ways, hatchbacks can deliver a lot more than their small footprint suggests. The 2018 Volkswagen Golf is a prime example of this, as it's smaller than the typical family sedan but can hold as much cargo as some small SUVs. This smart packaging pays dividends for shoppers on a budget since hatchbacks are typically more affordable and have better fuel economy.

This year, the Golf receives the most significant refresh since it was redesigned in 2015. A minor styling update can be found in the exterior lights, and inside you get new features that include smartphone integration and an infotainment system that is available with an 8.5-inch touchscreen. The 2017 Wolfsburg trim has been renamed SE.

The 2018 Golf isn't the only game in town, though, and we recommend checking out its competitors. These include the Honda Civic hatchback, Mazda3, and Hyundai Elantra GT since they offer similar convenience and a peppy, fun-to-drive spirit too.

All Volkswagen Golf years

New for 2018

  • The Wolfsburg Edition trim has been discontinued for 2018.
  • Full Roof Rack and Rear Spoiler features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The S trim now comes with Power Seat(s) as standard equipment.
  • The SE trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor, Manual Transmission, Automated Cruise Control, and Leather Seats as standard equipment.
  • The SEL trim now comes with Leather Seats as standard equipment.

Explore Volkswagen Golf details

SE 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Rear Spoiler

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.2"/R 35.6"

Head room

F 38.4"/R 38.1"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




5 reasons to buy the 2018 Volkswagen Golf

What We Like

Large cargo space: The Golf's cargo space can accommodate up to 22.8 cubic feet, which is slightly more than the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla hatchbacks, as well as some compact SUVs. When the rear seats are folded down, the storage space increases to an impressive 53.7 cubic feet, one of the largest in its class.

Powerful engine: The Golf has a more powerful engine than some other hatchbacks, and once you're underway, acceleration is smooth and decisive. Right off the line, there is a slight delay from the transmission that tends to make the Golf feel slower than it is. As potent as this engine is, it's also relatively economical, with a 28 mpg EPA estimate in combined city and highway driving.

Well-built cabin: When compared to its class competitors, the Golf's interior features slightly nicer materials and less hard plastic. The sturdier construction and soft-touch surfaces give the Golf a more premium look and feel. There are still a few areas with hard plastic parts, but they're generally placed out of the way.

What Needs Improvement

Lacks some driver-assist and tech features: Nowadays, vehicles are coming with an impressive list of standard driver aids, but if you want them in a 2018 Golf, you'll have to step up to the SE trim. Even then, items such as adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance are not available. Nor is a native navigation system, but at least Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto are included.

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Ratings & reliability

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RepairPal gave the Volkswagen Golf an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Volkswagen Golf 21st out of 44 among Compact Cars.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf trims

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  • 170-hp, 184-lb-ft of torque 1.8L
  • 170-hp, 199-lb-ft of torque 1.8L
  • Rear Defroster
  • Cruise Control
  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Side Airbags
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Rear View Camera
  • View our Volkswagen Golf S inventory


  • Includes all features available on the S
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroofs
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Leather Seats
  • View our Volkswagen Golf SE inventory



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