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The Golf is a notch above other compacts in terms of sophistication, interior ambience, and driving experience, and it is priced accordingly. 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. We got 28 mpg overall when we tested the Golf with a 1.8-liter engine. 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. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic warning are standard.
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2015-2019
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.
$14,075 - $35,225
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$12,550 - $31,925
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$11,825 - $28,450
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$9,225 - $24,675
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$7,025 - $22,100
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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.
$8,050 - $9,125
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$6,650 - $17,000
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$5,850 - $14,925
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$5,325 - $7,125
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$4,800 - $5,900
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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.
$3,825 - $5,975
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$3,325 - $4,950
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$2,900 - $9,325
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$2,775 - $4,550
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$2,650 - $4,100
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$2,525 - $3,800
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$2,425 - $3,525
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