Volkswagen Golf

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2019
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2019 Volkswagen Golf Ratings & Reliability
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. The all-wheel-drive Golf R is a step up from the GTI in terms of performance. An all-electric eGolf is also available. For 2019, the 1.8-liter turbo engine is replaced by a 147-hp 1.4-liter turbo, mated to 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.
2015-2018
2015 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Golf 2018
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $14,225 - $36,225 $11,355 - $31,790
2017 $12,050 - $32,100 $9,290 - $28,000
2016 $9,975 - $28,450 $7,275 - $24,575
2015 $8,525 - $24,750 $5,860 - $21,090
2010-2014
2010 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Golf 2014
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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2014 $9,750 - $10,400 $7,035 - $7,635
2013 $7,475 - $18,800 $4,850 - $14,965
2012 $6,725 - $17,050 $4,125 - $12,935
2011 $5,925 - $7,850 $3,350 - $5,150
2010 $5,450 - $6,675 $2,875 - $4,025
1999-2006
Volkswagen Golf 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.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2006 $4,125 - $6,150 $1,725 - $3,545
2005 $3,700 - $5,275 $1,365 - $2,715
2004 $3,325 - $10,150 $1,165 - $7,290
2003 $3,100 - $5,050 $1,055 - $2,480
2002 $2,950 - $4,650 $945 - $2,120
2001 $2,775 - $4,350 $810 - $1,870
2000 $2,725 - $4,275 $750 - $1,820