2019 Volkswagen Golf

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Volkswagen Golf highlights

Customer rating


  • SUV-like cargo capacity
  • Above-average interior quality
  • Sporty handling


  • Lacks a few driver-assist and tech features
  • Overly sensitive brakes
  • Merely adequate power

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 29 highway, 24 combined

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The Volkswagen Golf gets a new engine and transmission for 2019

It's a good idea to get the smallest vehicle that meets your needs; that way you pay only for what you need and will typically spend less on fuel. That's easier said than done now that shoppers have experienced the convenience of SUVs, but there's a small group of hatchbacks that could fill the gap between traditional sedans and crossovers.

The Volkswagen Golf has a long history of delivering the space and flexibility that hatchbacks are known for. For 2019, the Golf has a new drivetrain, consisting of a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. This new engine is down on horsepower but produces the same amount of torque as before, so it should drive similarly. The payoff comes at the gas pump, as the 2019 Golf enjoys an EPA-estimated 4 mpg advantage over the 2018 model. Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See

Overall, the 2019 VW Golf is a strong rival to the Honda Civic, Kia Forte, and Mazda3, even though we would appreciate a few more tech features.

All Volkswagen Golf years

New for 2019

  • The SEL trim has been discontinued for 2019.
  • Golf trims have been upgraded with Full Roof Rack and Cassette Player as standard equipment this year.
  • Remote Start features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The S trim now comes with Blind Spot Monitor and Smart Key as standard equipment.
  • The SE trim now comes with Power Seat(s) and Lane Departure Warning 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
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Manual Transmission
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats

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



Manual 6

5 reasons to buy the 2019 Volkswagen Golf

What We Like

Large cargo space: Behind the rear seats, the Golf can hold up to 22.8 cubic feet of cargo. That's marginally more than the rival Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla hatchbacks, as well as some small SUVs. Fold the rear seats flat into the floor and that capacity expands to 53.7 cubic feet, one of the largest in the class.

Refined interior: The Golf's interior benefits from some higher quality materials when compared to rivals' cabins that have a bit more hard plastic elements. The sturdier and soft-touch surfaces in the Golf give it a more upmarket appearance and feel, but there are still a few creaky plastic bits tucked away.

Fun-to-drive: In general, hatchbacks tend to be more entertaining to drive than the sedans that many are based on. The VW Golf takes that athleticism just a bit further by tuning the suspension for sportier handling. It should get some spirited drivers to smile on a fun road and instill confidence for plenty more, without negatively affecting comfort.

What Needs Improvement

Some popular features are missing: The base 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen is rather small for the class, but an eight-inch display is offered on the SE trim. The system is further limited by a single USB port and the lack of a native navigation system. You get the basic driver-assist features expected from a hatchback, but items such as adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance are absent.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


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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2019 Volkswagen Golf trims

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  • 147-hp, 184-lb-ft of torque 1.4L
  • 168-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 SE
  • 288-hp, 280-lb-ft of torque 2.0L
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Leather Seats
  • Parking Sensors
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Navigation System
  • Fender Audio
  • View our Volkswagen Golf R inventory

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