Selecting your Golf starts by choosing between two engines.
- The gas option is a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder (TSI) that produces 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. When combined with the manual transmission (standard in all trim levels) it delivers an EPA estimate of 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, or 25/36 mpg with the optional automatic transmission.
- Your diesel option is a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder (TDI) that delivers 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. It offers an EPA-estimated 32/44 mpg whether paired to a manual or automatic transmission.
Volkswagen offers no fewer than eight trim levels for the Golf:
The entry-level trim for the Golf offers a surprising amount of standard equipment for a compact hatchback. Features include Bluetooth with audio streaming, a USB port, an eight-speaker infotainment system with a 5-inch color touchscreen, power windows and door locks, climate control, heated mirrors, and a cooled glove box.
For about $1,000 more you can move up to the S and add a rearview camera, a 6.5-inch display, VW App-Connect, Car-Net connected services, and steering wheel controls. You can make your S a four-door for an additional $1,500.
S with Sunroof
This trim level is only available with four doors and an automatic transmission. It includes a power panoramic slide-and-tilt sunroof as well as all the features included on the S.
Moving to the SE adds about $5,000 to the cost of the S package, and makes a significant move towards premium features. It builds on the S package with V-Tex leatherette seats, heated front seats, a Fender premium 400-Watt audio system, keyless access with push-button start, 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, rain-sensing wipers and fog lamps. An available Lighting Package offers adaptive xenon headlights. A Driving Assistance Package is also available and includes forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, park assist, park pilot and adaptive cruise control.
The SEL is the top Golf trim. It adds $2,200 to the SE and signals a complete commitment to a hatchback filled with luxury-focused amenities. SEL builds on previous trims with dual-zone automatic climate control, sport comfort seats, a 12-way power driver’s seat, touchscreen navigation, 18-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting and LED interior reading lights.
The trim levels for the diesel-powered Golf models largely mirror the gasoline-powered trims in features and packages. Moving to the TDI engine adds about $3,000 to the base price of the TSI S.
Mirrors the features for the TSI SE and only costs an additional $1,000 to move to diesel.
Shares all the features of the TSI SEL with the exception of a diesel engine for $1,000 more.
If you spend a lot of time on the road or regularly take long distance trips, we suggest serious consideration of the TDI engine. Offering a nice balance between fuel efficiency and power, the TDI will offset the extra cost relatively quickly if you put a lot of miles on your Golf.
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