Volkswagen was busy working on a facelift of their one of the most popular models Golf. But unless you’re a hardcore fan of this nameplate you really have to thoroughly look what updates took place in 2018 Volkswagen Golf. The reason lies in the fact that exterior received some updates, but more changes are brought on the inside and in the engine compartment. Although it is European version, those changes are also coming to the U.S. market. So what’s new?
2018 Volkswagen Golf – Design
Well, only a trained eye can see changes on the exterior and there are not many of them. Firstly, front and rear bumpers are tweaked for more aggressive design. As for the lighting section on the front, there are LED and Xenon headlights. And turn signals are now animated as we saw on the Audi. The rear end also doesn’t have any other significant changes except the rear lights that are now fully LED. These small changes hide more significant changes on the inside.
2018 Volkswagen Golf – Interior Changes
Although the interior is mostly the same, but colors and fabrics are revised. But more important update comes in the dashboard in term of many large screens. Analogue gauges are replaced in favor of digital ones. For Europe, standard version comes with the 6.5-inch screen while midlevel one measures 8 inches. Top trim will have the largest one, 9.2-inch screen. Nevertheless which one is chosen all of them come with hand gestures and can be activated even from a far. And that’s not all, come as option customers could get a full TFT instrumentation. Pretty much similar to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit.
There are also a handful features that will make driving of this hatchback more pleasurable. For traffic jams 2018 Volkswagen Golf adds Traffic Jam Assist, which allows stop and go at speeds up to 37 mph. There is also front collision prevention with pedestrian detection. European model will also come with trailer assist, which will hardly be fitted on U.S. model.
2018 Volkswagen Golf – Engines
A new 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is coming now as standard. This engine comes with two features, a cylinder deactivation, and variable geometry turbocharger. And it also comes in two variants. One has 148 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The another one, more efficient is BlueMotion that has 128 horsepower. Although, by the words of WV representative this engine won’t be coming to U.S. But even if it does, for 2018 Volkswagen Golf, we expect the engine with more horsepower. For U.S. more favorable is, of course, the GTI version. The revised engine now comes with 227 horsepower, 17 more than the standard model. And with the Performance version, it’s cracked up to 242 horsepower. As for the transmission, some models will have new seven-speed automatic transmission, which will gradually replace the six-speed manual one.
2018 Volkswagen Golf – Rivals
Current 2016 Golf received Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, so the safety certainly won’t be an issue on the new model. Even more with the upgraded safety features. Facelifted 2018 Volkswagen Golf will be firstly unveiled in Europe, and the U.S. market will follow up right after. So we can expect this model by the end of next year. But other car makers aren’t sleeping, and main threat for Golf comes from Mazda 3, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, and Hyundai Elantra.