2014 Volkswagen Golf

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2014 Volkswagen Golf
2014 Volkswagen Golf

Key specs

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The good:

  • Diesel efficiency, performance
  • Nimble handling
  • Premium cabin materials
  • Comfy front seats

The bad:

  • TDI's firm ride
  • Automatic transmission's upshift urgency (TDI)
  • Telescoping steering wheel could extend farther

14 trims

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Notable features

  • Four-door hatchback only for 2014
  • Final model year for this generation of the Golf
  • Gas or diesel engine
  • Manual (diesel) or automatic transmission

2014 Volkswagen Golf review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Volkswagen Golf is available as a four-door hatchback for the 2014 model year; a redesigned version of the car is on its way. Power comes from a gas or diesel engine, and the five-seat Golf competes with the Mazda3 hatchback, Hyundai Elantra GT and Mini Cooper. Volkswagen’s performance-oriented GTI is related to the Golf.

New for 2014
The two-door hatchback has been dropped for 2014, the final model year for this generation of the Golf. There are no other significant changes.

Exterior Highlights

  • 15-inch steel wheels with covers; available 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Body-colored side mirrors and door handles
  • Available power sunroof

Interior Highlights

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Split-folding rear seat with pass-through
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • CD stereo with MP3 jack
  • Available leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available touch-screen stereo with six-CD changer and iPod connectivity
  • Available Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder gas engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission for gas engine
  • Available 140-hp, turbo-diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 236 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic for diesel engine
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags


Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


I like this car!

I've been a volkswagen fan for years even though they are a little more expensive to own. I've always had a thing for diesel vehicles and the TDI is a favorite of mine. This is a 2014 year and I hope to get many years of use out of it.


Dependable small car that's fun to drive.

I needed a reliable small car that would be good on gas but still fun to drive! So a Volkswagen Golf with a 5 cylinder engine and 170 HP fit my needs perfectly. I purchased my car as a lease return vehicle with only 16,480 actual miles on the odometer. The car was in excellent condition and the dealership had installed new brakes and wiper blades to deliver the new car feel that a buyer wants. This car has been 100% reliable and has performed very well. I would definitely buy another Volkswagen vehicle in the future.



The Golf is the best car I have ever owned! Great value and very comfortable! I am a permanent fan of Voltswagen and have no plans to drive any other car brand ever again.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)
Basic warranty terms
Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles
5 years/60,000 miles
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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