All You Need to Know about the 2018 VW Golf
By Steve Hampton on January 29, 2018
The Volkswagen Golf has arguably been the dominant force in the hatchback niche over the last five years, and there are a number of reasons why. Firstly, it looks incredibly stylish, but still possesses enough space and practicality to function as an awesome family car. Secondly, the driving experience is second-to-none, while still remaining efficient with the fuel. But, the most attractive aspect to the VW Golf is that it’s affordable; people love great value for money!
After first being released in 2012, the German manufacturer felt that now is the perfect time to give it some attention. So, we though it would be a good idea to review the latest version of the popular daily motor…
Let’s face it, VW Golf’s have always boasted of a sleek, elegant design, and most people would agree that it looks visually-appealing. But, to stay ahead of your competitors, you must take risks; you must push the boundaries, and you must try and build on from the previous model.
Yet, VW have decided to stick to their trusted design from previous models and have just added LED lighting and a couple of other bits and bobs. Although not a bad thing, because Golf’s do look classy regardless, you would have expected Volkswagen to try something different to put distance between themselves and competitors.
VW have truly delivered when it comes to the interior and judging it with other cars in the same price and size bracket, the Golf is miles ahead. Everything is clean and simple, so there’s no fiddling around with unnecessary buttons or controls, and the dashboard is very user-friendly.
In addition, it features a screen in the centre console, as you might expect from a car in 2018, which includes a vast array of features (see technology). Plus, the comfortable seats do a fantastic job of adding to the overall pleasant driving experience.
As we’ve just touched on, the 2018 Golf houses a brilliant 6.5-inch touchscreen, which contains intuitive technology that is very simple to operate. Each function is clearly displayed on the screen, which removes the guesswork that people who are lacking in technological knowledge experience.
Although there isn’t a navigation system incorporated into it, the device does support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Furthermore, alongside playing your favourite music, you can also utilize the Bluetooth phone, driver-assist and fuel economy options.
Ah…the performance…something that must be touched on when it comes to the VW Golf. Of course, if you’re looking for speed, you may want to explore the GTi model, but the standard version is still impressive for its class. The turbocharged 1.8-litre I4 engine pushes 170BHP and 199nm of torque through the system, and is controlled via a 6-speed automatic transmission. As it’s front-wheel drive, you may expect a dip in handling, but it glides round corners adequately. Although, some reports have suggested it does possess a rather soft brake pedal.