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The 2022 redesigned Volkswagen Golf is available in a single top performance R with a 315-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder and all-wheel drive. It comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional.
Volkswagen builds on the long-running tradition of elevating a mild hatchback into a fun-to-drive, yet sophisticated, practical alternative to sports coupes. The Golf R is once again a special model tailored to a Volkswagen enthusiast that craves power, refinement, and exclusivity. The Golf upgrades connectivity and infotainment to the latest from Volkswagen. The interior comes with a large 10-inch infotainment screen. Active safety features such as FCW, AEB, BSW, LKA, RCTW, and ACC are standard.
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2021
The Golf is a notch above other compacts in terms of sophistication, interior ambience, and driving experience, and it is priced accordingly. The 2021 model is the final regular Golf for the U.S.
market, because the next generation will be offered only in the sporty GTI and R versions. Handling is very responsive, making the Golf fun to drive. The ride is comfortable, the rear seat is relatively roomy, and the controls are a model of clarity. On top of that, the quiet cabin contributes to the Golf's solid and upscale feel. The current powertrain is a 147-hp, 1.4-liter turbo mated to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. That powertrain returned 34-mpg overall in our tested Jetta. FCW, AEB, and BSW are standard.
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2015-2020
2015 Redesign Year
Redesigned for the 2015 model year, the coarse and antiquated five-cylinder powering the previous Golf is replaced by a smoother, more refined 170-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo, which delivers 28 mpg overall. Soft-touch materials, quality components and comfortably supportive seats upgrade the passenger experience considerably.
A wagon and a high-performance AWD Golf R were also added to the lineup. While choosing between models is largely a budget decision, we do recommend finding a car with the optional lighting package as the HID headlights perform much better than the standard halogens. You'll need to get at least an S w/Sunroof for this package. Note: Volkswagen suspended sales of 2016 TDI diesel versions of the Beetle, Golf, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, and Passat; as well as the Audi A3, due to the EPA notification of emissions violations.
$18,950 - $19,925
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$17,300 - $38,850
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$15,750 - $35,100
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$14,125 - $32,125
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$11,700 - $28,700
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$8,950 - $24,600
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2010-2014
2010 Redesign Year
After a brief stint during which it was once again known as the Rabbit, the Golf returned with an impressive 2010 redesign. We got 38 mpg overall from the diesel.
(But it may not meet emissions regulations. Be cautious when purchasing a used TDI). Interior quality improved and the car had responsive handling, supportive front seats, and a good ride. Stability control, traction control, antilock brakes and brake assist are standard.
$10,425 - $12,225
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$8,425 - $20,525
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$7,275 - $18,425
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$6,575 - $8,100
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$6,000 - $6,675
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1999-2006
The Golf was redesigned for 1999, and became quieter and more comfortable, with a higher-quality interior. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine was introduced a year later.
A fuel-sipping turbodiesel four cylinder is also available. The R32, a V6-powered AWD model, arrived for 2004.
$4,700 - $6,425
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$3,550 - $5,200
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$3,150 - $9,200
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$3,025 - $4,800
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$2,900 - $4,350
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$2,775 - $4,050
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$2,650 - $3,775
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