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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.
Front Wheel Drive (2WD)
F 41.2"/R 35.6"
F 38.4"/R 38.1"
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.
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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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.View RepairPal's full rating of the Volkswagen Golf
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The 2018 Volkswagen Golf is available in multiple trims, each with its own estimated fuel economy, here are the EPA estimates for each trim:
The Volkswagen Golf received a rating of 4 out of 5 stars from RepairPal, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks the Volkswagen Golf as 20 out of 44 among Compact Car
Here is what's new for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf: