2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 33 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 220 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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  • Basic Warranty: 6 Years / 72,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 72,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Unselected Includes: wheel locks and dust caps (4 each) w/coded key $60 $80
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Unselected Includes: frameless, self-dimming interior rearview mirror w/compass and HomeLink garage door opener $270 $325
Unselected Includes: Mojo Mats w/logo (set of 4) and heavy duty trunk liner w/VW CarGo blocks $185 $235
Unselected Includes: Monster mats w/logo (set of 4) and heavy duty trunk liner w/VW CarGo blocks $185 $235
Unselected Includes: For securing items in the cargo area $80 $100
Unselected Includes: Volkswagen prepaid scheduled maintenance w/10,000-mile and 20,000-mile servicing for cars $215 $215
Unselected Includes: booster cables, warning triangle, LED flashlight, multi-tool, work gloves, PVC tape, blanket, poncho, whistle, cable ties and bandages $65 $85
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Specifications for 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Side Curtain Protection Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Integrated Roof Diversity Antenna
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: Composition Color w/6.5" Touchscreen -inc: AM/FM w/USB input, 8-speaker sound system, VW Car-Net app-connect smartphone integration and interface (w/Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink) and Bluetooth connectivity w/audio streaming (for compatible device)
  • Exterior Features
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Black Grille
    • Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • LED Brakelights
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Wheels w/Machined w/Painted Accents Accents
    • Tires: 18" All-Season
    • Wheels: 18" Austin Alloy
  • Interior Features
    • Heated Top Sport Front Seats -inc: power reclining, manually adjustable front seats, manual lumbar support and height adjustment
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Sport Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Valet Function
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert, Piano Black Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Aluminum Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Seating Surfaces -inc: Clark Plaid inserts
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Rigid Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Refrigerated/Cooled Box Located In The Glovebox, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru w/Storage
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Immobilizer III Engine Immobilizer
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L TSI I-4 DOHC 16-Valve Turbocharged -inc: direct fuel injection
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual -inc: hill hold control
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • 3.24 Axle Ratio
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • 60-Amp/Hr 480CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 140 Amp Alternator
    • 4233# Gvwr 959# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Sport Tuned Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 13.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Security System Pre-Wiring
    • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.3
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.7
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 17.4
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 53.7
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 480
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 140
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/121
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 220 @ 4700
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 258 @ 1500
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 103.6
    • Length, Overall (in) - 168
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 70.8
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.8
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 60.6
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 59.7
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.1
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 13.2
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 93.5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.4
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 55.9
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.1
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 53.9
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 28
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 33
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 35.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Volkswagen Golf GTI
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - P30
    • Rear Tire Order Code - P30
    • Front Tire Size - P225/40HR18
    • Front Tire Size - P225/40YR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/40HR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/40YR18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.76
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.08
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.46
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.08
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.09
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.91
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.55
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.24
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Compact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.3
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3062
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Great Falls Green Metallic
  • Great Falls Green Metallic

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The Volkswagen Golf, redesigned for 2015, offers multiple personalities, whether the traditional hatch in two-door or four-door versions, the sporty GTI, the Golf R, the electric e-Golf, the all-wheel-drive Golf SportWagen, and the Golf Alltrack wagon. There’s also a four-door sedan, but that’s called a Jetta.

Much of what makes the Golf so good is the sweetest powertrain of its kind in the business. Its 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder makes 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, mated to a seamless six-speed automatic. (The base S model comes with a five-speed manual, and its engine makes less torque.) The Alltrack and all-wheel-drive SportWagen take either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Most of the changes for 2018 are in the packaging, the mixing of available equipment for each model, and it can be hard to follow. One thing you can see is new LED taillamps, and new infotainment available; one thing you can feel is 10 more horsepower in the front-wheel-drive GTI. Last year that 10 hp was available as an option called the Performance Package, but for 2018 GTI is already packaged with that performance. It comes with a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic manual that’s precise and crisp, the best in the business. VW invented the dual clutch, years ago, and hasn’t lost the lead. They call it the DSG, for direct shift gearbox. Mechanically and internally, it’s a manual transmission; but to the driver it’s a super-sharp automatic.

Then there is the one and only Golf R, using the beefy Haldex all-wheel drive system to plant on the pavement a heady 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Standard transmission is a six-speed manual, but for 2018 a new seven-speed dual-clutch is available. The Golf R is rival to the Ford Focus RS and Subaru WRX STI.

The Golf S gets an EPA estimate of 25/36 City/Highway, or 29 Combined miles per gallon. Wagons with the six-speed dual-clutch automatic get the same 29 mpg. The GTI gets just a bit less, while the Golf R with its horsepower drops down to 22/31 mpg.

Last year the Golf was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, when equipped with advanced safety features.


The Golf hatchback comes as S, SE, and SEL; the GTI as S, SE, and Autobahn; and then there’s the Golf R, the SportWagen and Alltrack.

Standard equipment on the Golf S includes power windows and locks, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, power-reclining front seats, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, and 16-inch steel wheels. Golf SE adds an 8.0-inch screen, leatherette upholstery, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Golf SEL adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and ambient cabin lighting.

Golf SportWagen comes with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive available in a package including 16-inch alloy wheels and heated seats. Golf Alltrack adds leatherette upholstery, and on the full-tile Alltrack SEL there’s a Fender sound system and 18-inch alloy wheels, along with the extra half-inch of ground clearance.

Golf GTI S is equipped like the regular Golf. The GTI SE adds LED headlamps, 8.0-inch infotainment screen, a blind spot monitor, and automatic emergency braking. The GTI Autobahn has leather, moonroof, and active dampers.

The Golf R has Volkswagen’s Digital Cockpit, a high-resolution LCD screen that replaces conventional gauges. It’s a system that came from Audi where it’s been praised. Like the GTI, the adaptive suspension with active dampers is optional.

Available safety features include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, park distance control, and automatic headlamps.


Volkswagen is stubborn in its clinging to pure rather than trendy styling, and bless their hearts for it. The Golf is clean, especially the SportWagen, and it’s a great relief. It’s not edgy, it’s smooth. No attitude. It mirrors the engineering.

That said, the GTI does bring some sport and maybe attitude. Its stance is lower, on the sport suspension, while the red brake calipers show between the spokes of the 17-inch alloy wheels. There are side skirts and a rear diffuser, as well. And you can’t have a diffuser without showing your attitude.

The Alltrack has some exterior elements that the cleaner SportWagen doesn’t have: cladding on its lower sides, foglamps, a honeycomb grille, and its own bumpers.


The cabin is as clean as the body, functional and spacious. The materials are not expensive but don’t feel cheap. The instrumentation is intuitive and easy to read and operate. The driver doesn’t have to work to understand his car, unlike so many German cars. The centerstack is oriented toward the driver, and the gauges are hooded so there’s no glare. Some thinking has clearly gone into the design.

The GTI and Golf R have a sport steering wheel and shift knob, stainless steel pedals, and an instrument panel with no-nonsense gauges. The sport seats are a plaid fabric, with a black headliner and red ambient lighting.

We got great seat time during one week in a 4Motion SportWagen, a long road trip, and we found the cabin to totally easy, comfortable, relaxing, and very quiet. The powertrain and suspension had much to do with that, of course.

The front seats are the best, perfectly supportive and easy to adjust for all body sizes. The leatherette feels a bit rubbery, while the less expensive but rugged plaid upholstery feels just fine.

There three touchscreens: base 5.0 inch, upper trim 6.5 inch, and top option 8.0 inch. This big screen gets its own new infotainment system.

It might be a bit tight in the back seat for three passengers, but it’s easy to climb in and out. In the hatchback, there are 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, that’s quite a lot. The seatbacks lower with a quick pull release, to open things up for 52.7 cubic feet. Bring in the SportWagen, and you have 30.4 cubic feet behind the rear seat, and 66.5 with it folded, although unfortunately it doesn’t fold completely flat.

Driving Impressions

We put more than 700 miles on a 4Motion SportWagen in one week, and didn’t want to leave it. We averaged 30 mpg, most of it on a 70-mph interstate, and the 1.8-liter turbo and paddle-shifting six-speed DSG transmission were flawlessly smooth. They achieved that kind of perfection you want in a car like this: you didn’t know they were there, but they always were there for whatever you needed or wanted. Seamless acceleration with no turbo lag. We can’t remember the last time we drove a four-cylinder that was this smooth and effortless at 75 mph.

The ride, the clear and intuitive instrumentation, there’s nothing we would even nitpick. The SportWagen was an S model with no options, and there was nothing we missed. The infotainment, with satellite radio, was just fine. It lacked navigation, but we had our cellphone with mobile apps.

With any Golf, the handling and drivability match the merits of the powertrain. Maybe the S hatchback won’t corner like a Mazda3, but the GTI will, and the R goes beyond that.

We also got seat time in a Golf with the five-speed manual transmission, whose throws of the lever are rather long. The six-speed manual is stronger than the five-speed, and that sixth gear has a taller ratio, so the revs at freeway speed are lower and the car quieter. But still, the six-speed DSG automatic is so good that it’s our choice.

The sporty GTI is perfectly drivable to the grocery store, even with its firmer suspension and quicker steering. So it’s more fun and satisfying out in the twisties, if you like to play. And again you get those crisp DSG shifts with paddles.

Golf R is for serious players, with its 292 horsepower as opposed to the GTI’s 220 hp, and its aggressive suspension tuning. There are four driving modes (Comfort, Normal, Race, and Individual) that adjust the throttle, transmission and steering response, and the firmness of the ride. The Individual mode allows separate setting of these things. Most people don’t and can’t get that specific, and even if they did, things change with each section of the road. So it seems like Individual mode would really only make sense on the track, and changed with each track.


Smooth and refined, all the Golf models are more than contenders in their respective classes. The 30-mpg 4Motion SportWagen with the DSG offers a lot of value: Smooth ride and silent, clean cabin. It offers everything the Alltrack does except big wheels and cladding. The Golf R comes out favorably in many areas when compared to the Ford Focus RS and Subaru WRX STI. For years the STI was the star of the pocket-rocket class, now the Focus RS is, but the Golf R deserves more attention.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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