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2019 Volkswagen Golf

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2019 1.4T S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $21,845
2019 1.4T SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $24,145

Overview

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf is a practical hatchback that's suited best for the daily commuter. This reliable five-door is offered in two easy-to-configure trim levels, powered by a fuel-efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, and packed with driver-assisted safety features. The Golf continues to be a value-driven option for consumers in search of a fun-to-drive car that returns exception fuel economy and has plenty of storage space.

What's New for 2019

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf arrives at dealerships with a new power option. A 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine has replaced an outdated 1.8-liter engine. The new powerplant can be paired to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The S trim receives upgraded driver-assisted safety systems, while the SE gains a Driver Assistance Package.

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Choosing Your Volkswagen Golf

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf is available in two trims including the base S and range-topping SE. Each Golf receives power from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Consumers can opt for the standard six-speed manual transmission or upgrade to an eight-speed automatic transmission for an additional $1,100. The Golf returns an EPA-estimated 29 miles per gallon in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 32 combined with either transmission.

Front-wheel drive is the only option, however, each Golf receives an automatic emergency braking system which shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and activates the hazard lights when the vehicle experiences an accident.

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S

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf S is the base and begins at $22,740 (all prices include the $895 destination charge). The entry-level Golf includes 15-inch wheels, standard power windows, cruise control, a review camera, and partial-power front seats. The S receives a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, USB and SD card interfaces, and Bluetooth connectivity for compatible devices. The S also gains forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. The S is available in six exterior colors and two cloth interior patterns but doesn't offer any package upgrades.

Volkswagen Golf

SE

The SE is priced from $25,040 and is packed with upgrades that justify the extra expense. The SE includes 16-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, automatic headlights, fog lights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. On the inside, the SE gains leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, and keyless entry with push-button start. An upgraded eight-inch infotainment system displays the VW Car-Net Security and Service Suite, which permits users to remotely access their Golf SE via online or smartphone app. Consumers can opt for a $1,295 Driver Assistance package, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, high beam control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

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If you’re looking for a fuel-efficient daily commuter, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf is worth a detailed look. The Golf is a great option for singles, smaller families, and those living in moderate-weather climates. The lack of all-wheel drive should be carefully considered for those in colder climates. For the money, the SE offers consumers the best bang for the buck.

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A smaller engine takes over. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf features a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Gone is the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that previously powered the VW Golf.

Performance drops from 168 to 147 horsepower, but fuel economy benefits, rising from an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city, 34 mpg highway, and 29 combined with the 1.8-liter engine to up to 29/37/32 mpg (city/highway/combined) with the 1.4-liter. Some of the credit, at least for models equipped with the automatic, is due to the new eight-speed transmission, which replaces the previous six-speed unit.

Happily, the driving dynamics haven’t changed as this hatchback delivers a commendable ride and handling.

Front and center safety features. A wider selection of standard driver-assist safety features adds forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert to the base S trim. The SE model offers available 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and high beam control through its available Driver Assistance Package ($1,295).

With its expanded safety features, VW moves ahead of most competitors, adding features that'll soon become the industry standard.

Strong infotainment meets superior warranty. Volkswagen sets itself apart from the competition by offering several premium features as standard equipment. Its standard 6.5-inch touchscreen display is clear and responsive. Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker audio system with HD Radio, and connected apps raise its appeal. The SE model has an eight-inch display and adds a CD player, satellite radio, a security system, and voice control.

One of the more enticing attributes of the Golf is VW's new six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. It's not only better than most competitors, it's fully transferable to subsequent owners.


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Great use of small footprint. On paper, the Golf seats five. In reality, five can fit thanks in part to its generous head room. We still recommend no more than four, but if you’re in a pinch, there’s always room for one more. Speaking of the interior, the Golf offers superior build quality and premium materials. The cabin is nicely laid out too with its smooth edges and streamlined look.

Cargo space is another strong point, with nearly 23 cubic feet behind the rear seat. That’s enough space to pack weekend gear for four adults. Fold the rear seat and you’ll find 53 cubic feet of cargo space at the ready, which is ample carrying room for a week away.

Final thoughts. Volkswagen keeps the pedal to the metal with its Golf, which is a lot of fun to drive with excellent ride quality. Although, if you want more performance, you need to look further up the model chain to the GTI or R (both covered separately).

Nevertheless, the 2019 VW Golf gives car buyers solid reasons to consider purchasing one. It also offers a standard six-speed manual gearbox with either trim; most competitors offer a manual with the base model only. The extended warranty is one of the best in the industry. That it's also fully transferable to a new owner makes it better than what Hyundai and Kia offer.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.4L I-4 / 147 HP / 184 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 8-spd Tiptronic w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
29 / 37 / 33 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
72 Months / 72,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.4L I-4 / 147 HP / 184 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
29 / 37 / 33 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
53.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
93 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
167.6 "
Exterior Width
70.8 "
Exterior Height
58.2 "
Front Headroom
38.4 "
Rear Headroom
38.1 "
Front Legroom
41.2 "
Rear Legroom
35.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.9 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,963 Lbs. / 3,023 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
17.9 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
15.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way (2-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way (2-way Power)
Front Armrests
6-way (2-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Climatic
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Fcw W/autonomous Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Monitor Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pedestrian Monitoring Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer Iii
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
72 Months / 72,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 72,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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