2019 Volkswagen Golf

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$21,845

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2019 Volkswagen Golf
2019 Volkswagen Golf

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Handling
  • Engine refinement
  • Cabin materials
  • Versatility
  • Six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty

The bad:

  • Steering feedback (GTI, R)
  • Clutch feel (manual transmission)
  • Golf R's hefty price premium
  • Backseat legroom (SportWagen)

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Automatic emergency braking available
  • Hatchback and wagon body styles
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Performance-oriented GTI and R versions available
  • Choice of turbo four-cylinder engines

2019 Volkswagen Golf review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2019 Volkswagen Golf?

The Golf lineup encompasses a wide range of models, including the four-door Golf hatchback, performance GTI and R hatchbacks, and the SportWagen and Alltrack wagons. The SportWagen is available with front- or all-wheel drive, while the Golf R and Alltrack have standard AWD. Other models have FWD. Competitors include the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback, Kia Soul and Mini Countryman.

What’s New on the 2019 Volkswagen Golf?

On the Golf S and SE, as well as the front-drive SportWagen, the engine is now a 147-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder instead of a 1.8-liter engine. Horsepower on GTI models increases 8 hp to 228 hp, and the GTI Rabbit Edition comes with gloss-black 18-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, and unique exterior and interior trim; the GTI also gets a limited-slip differential and brakes from the Golf R. The Golf R, meanwhile, comes in a single trim level with the Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive suspension and navigation. The base S trim levels of the Alltrack and regular Golf add forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a blind spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert.

What Features in the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Are Most Important?

All models offer a rare combination of practicality and fun-to-drive sportiness that makes the Golf stand out from the crowd. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is available on all models and standard on many. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity is standard.

Should I Buy the 2019 Volkswagen Golf?

Volkswagen stumbled badly with its diesel emissions scandal, but it’s showing a renewed focus on catering to American tastes while retaining some of its German heritage. That said, the Golf line lacks the styling appeal of some competitors — and a roster of hatchbacks and wagons seems out of tune with today’s market. However, driving a Golf and experiencing its refinement and versatility might be enough to sway some SUV-minded shoppers.

Consumer reviews

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

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Best diesel hatchback in the UK market by a mile

I bought my one year Golf after having one as a company vehicle. I had the wagon version preciously, but opted for the hatchback as I am a single man. I have the 1.6 diesel manual 5 speed trans in black . It is a comfortable and powerful small car and very good fuel consumption on the motorway/freeway. Excellent satnav in both the centre console and in the driver dash. Came with alloy wheels as standard and just a great looking effective vehicle.

5.0

The most satisfying car ever.

I love everything about this car. Amazing visibility, powerful engine, functional and beautiful interior. It looks small but very spacious and comfortable inside. It is fun to drive!

5.0

Great car.

This car has great acceleration and speed, and is fun to drive. It corners very nicely. The hatchback is very functional. I really like the plaid seats.

See all 12 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2015-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
View all cpo program details

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