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Volkswagen Golf

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3.25 (Good)

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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.

2015 - 2020 Volkswagen Golf

3/4 Front Glamour 2020 Volkswagen Golf

Major changes included:

The decision to buy a Golf is two-fold. First, you need to decide which engine is right for you. The new-for-2015 1.8-liter four-cylinder produces 170 horsepower at 4,500 rpm and 200 pound-feet of torque between 1,500 and 2,650 rpm, while the 2-liter turbo-diesel (TDI) engine makes 150 at 3,500 rpm and 236 pound-feet of twist... Read more »

2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

2010 - 2014 Volkswagen Golf

3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Volkswagen Golf

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The MkVI Golf is available in two-door and four-door bodystyles and can be powered by either a 170-hp 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder gas engine, or a new 140-hp 2.0-liter TDI clean-diesel engine. Buyers that go with the gas engine can choose between either a five-speed manual transmission or six-speed Tiptronic automatic; while TDI buyers select from... Read more »

2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

2000 - 2006 Volkswagen Golf

3/4 Front Glamour 2006 Volkswagen Golf

Major changes included:

Looks can be deceiving. The latest generation of the venerable Volkswagen Golf is a case in point. The Golf has always been a sturdy, solid, but not very stylish vehicle. And from that standpoint, not much has changed - even though Volkswagen totally redesigned the Golf for 1999. Indeed, from a quick glance, one might... Read more »

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