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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 fueleconomy.gov.
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.
Front Wheel Drive (2WD)
F 41.2"/R 35.6"
F 38.4"/R 38.1"
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.
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.
5 out of 52 customer reviews
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
The 2019 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
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf has received an average 5.0 out of 5 stars from our customers. If you're in the market for a 2019 Volkswagen Golf, check out reviews from customers just like you. 2019 Volkswagen Golf Reviews.
Here is what's new for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf: