Right from the first door thunk, the Volkswagen Golf exudes a quality feel not found in your average econobox. The Golf has long been a cut above other small cars, being more fun to drive and finished like a more expensive German sedan. Redesigned for 2015, the latest example continues those virtues and then some, making it the best Golf yet.
Alerts
There are 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Volkswagen Golf owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Sun roof leaked. Volkswagen was aware of the problem but did not advise me. They described the problem as the “60C7 Update” The roof headlinder and side window frame liners were badly water stained. After some reluctance on VW’s part, all repair/replacement costs were paid by VW. Dealership’s incompetence caused me to return a second time as job not completed properly first time."

Anonymous, KY (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Leaks coming from the rear windshield washer nozzle. Dealer states they have no way to repair it. MInor interior leaks also evident after going through the car wash. Previous leaks and rattles from the sunroof have been repaired but required the car to be out of service for weeks."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Significant leaking from the moonroof into the driver's A-pillar and other areas during rain. This required at least four trips to the dealership and several loaner vehicles. Dealership had to take the car twice to a body shop to complete the work. Squeaks and rattles also from the sunroof. Finally, it appears these issues have all been resolved."

Stephen Y., ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Previously described. Here is dealership’s repair order”Staining on the headliner consequential damage to the 60C7 update. Interaction ID SD1077022. Labor is causal. 602850. Headliner is stained from water leaking through cracks on the sunroof frame related to the 60C7 update. Removed and replaced headliner per water damage."

Anonymous, KY (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Clunking in the drivers seat, not loose on the tracks. Feels like part or the power seat assembly"

Anonymous, OR (2017 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Obvious and aggravating rattle caused by interior trim in the hatch. It persists despite four service visits to the dealer; they are unable to repair it. Totally unacceptable on a two-year-old vehicle. Suspension components are also squeaking in dry weather on uneven pavement. A known issue, I'm told, from the particlar manufacturing cycle of my car. Again, it remains unaddressed despite multiple complaints to the dealer."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Various intermittent squeaks and rattles coming from: - Passenger seat bottom cushion - Rear center armrest - Rear hatch/cargo area - Moonroof - Driver's B-pillar - Suspension Because these were intermittent, the dealership has been unable to resolve most of these. Highly irritating!"

Stephen Y., ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Sunroof squeaks and rattles"

Janet C., NY (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Aggravating noise in cold weather coming from the hatch. Multiple trips to the dealer could not resolve the issue. Warm weather rattles also persist from the driver's A-pillar. Also could not be resolved. More intermittent rattles from the front armrest, driver's seat and passenger seat. Infuriating!"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"After factory recall/replacement of engine [less than 12K miles]a low speed intermittent squeaking of suspension occurred. Got the impression that the "dogbone" linkage between engine and Haldex was not secured. Dealership claimed not to hear creaking over 3 return trips. I gave up. Still squeaks."

Anonymous, (2017 Volkswagen Golf R)

"Rattles in the first two months of ownership. Repaired by dealership"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Squeaks from the dash and door panel. It was easier for me to fix it myself than burn a day of my life at the dealer"

Anonymous, CT (2017 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"The Diesel Golf was very smooth to shift. It was made in Germany. This one, 2017 has a gas engine, it is made in Mexico, and the clutch is in need of adjustment which should be done after the first 1500 miles. I only have about 800 at this time. I do not know if the birth place is the cause, but in Europe, we are more used to standard shift than automatics, and in Mexico, they may not know as much as they might need although the norms should be available there too"

Jean-Pierre E., TX (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Gear selector or linkage

"Got a check transmission light. Diagnosed as a gear selector switch. Covered under warranty. No drivability issues."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Volkswagen Golf S 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"My car has a manual gearbox, it is very notchy and sometimes difficult to operate. My previous golf was a diesel made in Germany, adn it was very smooth to operate."

Jean-Pierre E., TX (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rough shifting

"This is probably the result of the previous item. It also may be the result of how the previous model (Diesel) behaved and that I got accustomed to"

Jean-Pierre E., TX (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Slipping transmission

"Car is a 6-speed manual. VW installed a clutch which is not strong enough for the car, so it often starts to slip. Nothing I can do about it but pay for an aftermarket replacement. This is a common issue with this car."

Kristian S., MA (2017 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission computer

"Problem twice in the last year. Both times were caused by "loose cable" according to dealership. First time the car lurched and could not be driven about 5mph but no warning lights came on. Second time the car was unable to shift up in gear without lurching and the "emergency transmission" light came on. Again, loose cable blamed."

Anonymous, (2017 Volkswagen Golf SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Apple CarPlay

"iPhone will not connect to Apple CarPlay. Problem began intermittently approximately 2 months ago and became permanent in the last couple of weeks. I tried the following fixes without being able resolve the issue: unplugging and replugging the usb cable, changing the usb cable, rebooting my iPhone, trying to find a fix in the owners manual (nothing is listed), trying to reconnect through the vehicle's installed menu options. The only option I have left is to visit my VW dealer but because of the covid19 situation I have elected not to do so."

Anonymous, MD (2017 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"After 3 failures, and free replacements by VW of the infotainment system, they figured out there was a flaw in the on board navigation chip. Once the home office figured out a new chip, it was installed and has been fine ever since. They sent a technition up from New York to Boston to help."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Volkswagen Golf R)
Display screen goes blank

"See previous description of replacing the navigation chip fixed all problems."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Volkswagen Golf R)

"Infotainment system shuts off randomly"

Anonymous, (2017 Volkswagen Golf Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"Entertainment system suddenly started to misbehave - frequent rebooting during drive. Change of stations on recovery. Diagnosed as needing a software update - took over an hour. Seems like this should be an item that purchasers should be notified to have done, not wait until it happens. Over the air update (Tesla) much better."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf eGolf Electric)
Steering wheel controls

"Bad clock spring in steering wheel. Replaced and functioning correctly since."

William P., NC (2017 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Faulty sensor caused check engine light to come on. Dealer replaced sensor under warranty"

Richard B., NM (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T)
Oil leaks

"Small leak around the area where filter met engine"

John T., SC (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When I brought my car in to have them look at the slipping transmission, they said that there wasn't anything they could do because it was a wear and tear item. But while I had my car in, they noticed that the valve cover gasket was leaking, as well as the water pump. They replaced both of those for me without any questions"

Kristian S., MA (2017 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil leak in the main seal, dealer identified it during first service and repaired it. Dealer used a video clip to show me what the issue was - great service"

Anonymous, CO (2017 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Oil found to be leaking from oil filter housing which caused thermostat housing to crack causing additional leakage. Problem discovered 2 weeks before warranty expiration so luckily repair was done under warranty."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"It is an intermittent problem connected with the keyless entry system. The sunroom and windows do not always close when attempted from the sensor on the outside door handle. And, the 1-touch power windows are not always 1-touch."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Cruise control

"Cruise control stopped operating. Reason was 3 of 4 metrics for front and rear wheels were outside factory tolerances. Fortunately it was under warranty (< 36 mo. & <36000 mi.) [I guess] as the $800 bill was waived."

Anonymous, (2017 Volkswagen Golf R)
USB port

"It is very inconvenient to operate. The system seems to be a very out model model. Beware of this car. I was not told that it was the very very basic model and am disappointed in the dealer in that they even striped the battery cover from another car leaving mine without one. So far the dealer has not replaced it."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Volkswagen Golf R 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Rust and Paint failure on the driver's side door sill"

Anonymous, (2017 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rust

"Rust on the drives side doorsill on both the Golf-R and the Golf Sportwagon. VW refused to cover under warranty."

Anonymous, (2017 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"Very rapid wear on rear disks"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rotors

"Premature severe wear on rear only rotors with deep grooves @ 6000 km"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"It always resets to 72 regardless of where you left it when you turned off the car."

Alberto A., CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf eGolf)
Refrigerant leaks

"The car leaked its refrigerant 3 times. Second time dye was installed in order to locate the leak. This was unsuccessful because the leak was so slow. After bringing the car back the dealer replaced all of the o-ring seals in the system in an attempt to stop the leak."

Anonymous, (2017 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Car was delivered with poor A/C. Diagnosis indicated 3 valves in the A/C system needed to be replaced. Done under warranty but surpridsing to have this poor delivered quality."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf eGolf Electric)

"The HVAC controls plug came apart disabling the system."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Volkswagen Golf SEL 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery was defective. Needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"Control-arm bushings replaced due to squeaking noise when driving over bumps at low speeds. Required several visits to the dealership to have them proceed with the repair, despite the fact that this is a known issue for Volkswagen on certain 2017-model year Golfs."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Fuel door didn't release properly after about 4 fill ups. Initially dealer tried to adjust it but that didn't resolve problem. Then replaced entire fuel door assembly under warranty. Working fine thus far"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Volkswagen Golf SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"I had to bring it in twice for engine check light. Cylinders 1 & 4 had misfire issues. Accumulation of carbon, had to change 2 injectors."

Anonymous, AB (2017 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
May 05, 2021
Vehicles that do not meet all regulatory requirements may have an increased risk of injury, crash, or fire.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017 Touareg GP, Tiguan, Golf A6, E-Golf GP, CCF, 2016-2017 Passat GP, 2018-2019 Golf R GP, and 2018 Atlas vehicles. These internal-use vehicles were sold without confirmation that they were built to all applicable regulatory requirements and may have been modified prior to sale. As such, these vehicles may fail to comply with the requirements of various Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will repurchase the vehicles. Owner notification letters were mailed May 20, 2021. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 01F1.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V321000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 46
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
Sep 16, 2020
Vehicles that do not meet all regulatory requirements may have an increased risk of a crash or injury to vehicle occupants.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2018 Volkswagen Golf R and Atlas, 2017 Golf Alltrack and E-Golf and 2016-2018 Passat vehicles. These internal use vehicles were sold without confirmation that they were built to all applicable regulatory requirements and may have been modified prior to sale. As such, these vehicles may fail to comply with the requirements of various Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners and will repurchase the vehicles. The recall began October 6, 2020. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 01E9.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V561000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 23
SUSPENSION
Mar 06, 2019
If a coil spring fractures while driving, it may damage a rear tire causing a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Golf Sportwagen, 2019 Jetta, 2015-2019 Golf, and 2018-2019 Tiguan vehicles. The rear coil springs may prematurely fracture.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear axle coil springs, free of charge. The recall began April 12, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 42J5.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V188000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 56173
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, STEERING
Jul 11, 2018
Removing the key while the shift lever is in a position other than "Park" increases the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf and Golf Sportwagen vehicles. The build of silicate on the shift lever micro switch contacts may enable the key to be removed from the ignition while the vehicle shift lever is not in "Park." As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional switch and circuit board, free of charge. The recall began March 19, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 37L5.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V464000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33168
AIR BAGS, SEAT BELTS
Dec 29, 2016
In the event of a crash, if the air bags and/or the seat belt pretensioners do not inflate or function properly, the vehicle occupants have an increased risk of injury.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2017 Audi A7, A4, A6, Volkswagen Golf and Tiguan vehicles and 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf vehicles for driver frontal air bags, passenger frontal air bags or head air bags that may not deploy properly. Additionally, certain 2017 Audi Q7, A4 Sedan, A4 Allroad, and 2018 Audi Q5 vehicles are being recalled because the seat belt pretensioners may not activate properly.
What should you do:
Volkswagen and Audi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected air bags and seat belt pretensioners, free of charge. The recall began April 2017. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298 or Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V955000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5947
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