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. USB ports were finally added for 2016 as well as available keyless access and push-button start.
The Alltrack, an AWD wagon with a raised ride height, was new for 2017.
A 1.4-liter engine became standard in 2019, as did forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot warning.