2014 Volkswagen Golf

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Volkswagen Golf. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-35 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    170-hp, 2.5-liter I-5 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2014 Volkswagen Golf

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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

 

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

 


Latest 2014 Golf Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great buy, used VW Golf TDI

by Jose from Round Rock, TX on August 3, 2018

This car met all my needs and it offered and unsurpassed value for the money at 19,500 miles. Love the way the diesel engine performs. Read full review

(4.0)

Compact and reliable Vehicle

by SeverinoC from Newark, nj on June 17, 2018

The vw was purchased to communite to work however we love it so much we use it on leisure time too. It?s compact which is great for parking and still stylish with a comfortable ride. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Volkswagen Golf currently has 4 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Volkswagen Golf 2.5L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
marginal
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Volkswagen

Program Benefits

100+ point dealer inspection, 2 years of 24/7 roadside assistance, CARFAX Vehicle history report, and three-month SiriusXM All-Access trial subscription

  • Limited Warranty

    2018 model year or later: 1-year/12,000, 72,000 miles eligibility - 2017 model year or earlier: 2-year/24,000, 75,000 miles eligibility - 2016 model year or earlier TDI: 2-year/unlimited, 75,000 miles eligibility

    *See owner’s literature or dealer for your vehicle’s warranty coverage, exclusions, and limitations.
  • Eligibility

    2018 model year or later: 1-year/12,000, 72,000 miles eligibility - 2017 model year or earlier: 2-year/24,000, 75,000 miles eligibility - 2016 model year or earlier TDI: 2-year/unlimited, 75,000 miles eligibility

    Vehicles receive a 100+ point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Golf received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker