2021 Volkswagen Golf Reliability - Consumer Reports
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Volkswagen Golf

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.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 Golf to be less reliable than other new cars. This prediction is based on Volkswagen's brand history and the redesign has a more powerful engine and standard all-wheel drive.

Overall Reliability
The 2021 Volkswagen Golf has been recalled 1 time by NHTSA. View Recalls
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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 over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 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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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
BACK OVER PREVENTION
Nov 18, 2020
A black or frozen rear view image reduces the driver's visibility when reversing, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2021 Atlas Cross Sport, Tiguan LWB, Jetta NF, Jetta GLI, Golf GTI, Atlas FL and Arteon vehicles. The rear view camera could malfunction during an ignition cycle, leading to a black screen or infotainment system freeze. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 111, "Rear Visibility."
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will update the infotainment system software, free of charge. The recall began December 11, 2020. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 91BB/91BC.
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: 20V716000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 32048
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