2020 Volkswagen GolfChange year or vehicle
Key specs of the base trim
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- Engine refinement
- Cabin materials
- Steering feedback (GTI)
- Clutch feel (manual transmission)
Four-door compact hatchback
Turbo four-cylinder engine standard
Manual or automatic transmission
Automatic emergency braking standard
Performance-oriented GTI version available
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We take the 2020 Volkswagen Golf TSI 6-Speed Manual for a test drive and check out the interior, exterior, and cargo space.
What Is the 2020 Volkswagen Golf?
The front-wheel-drive Volkswagen Golf is a four-door, five-seat compact hatchback that’s powered by a 147-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and an eight-speed automatic is available. A performance-oriented GTI version gets a 228-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pairs with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Competitors include the Hyundai Elantra GT, Toyota Corolla hatchback and Mazda3.
What’s New on the 2020 Volkswagen Golf?
The Golf lineup has been streamlined and now consists of a single TSI trim level that includes keyless access with push-button start, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, a panoramic moonroof and 16-inch aluminum wheels. The Golf and GTI also get an updated version of Volkswagen’s Car-Net telematics system and a Wi-Fi hot spot (data plan required). Meanwhile, the GTI now has standard forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert.
What Features in the 2020 Volkswagen Golf Are Most Important?
The Golf offers a rare combination of practicality and fun-to-drive sportiness that makes it stand out from the crowd. It has important active safety features like forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking and useful technology like standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
Should I Buy the 2020 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. However, driving one and experiencing its refinement and versatility might be enough to sway some compact SUV-minded shoppers.
everything is manual. might as well be a 2005. oh. they added fake leather, heated seats, sun roof, and "apple carplay" which may or may not work - depending on what day it is. the graphics and ... Read full review
Elegant and Reliable
This is a great car. Great price, great performance, great style, great color, great stereo, great detailing, very roomy, great storage, fun to drive, etc. Read full review
The 2020 Volkswagen Golf currently has 0 recalls
Crash and Rollover Test RatingsThe 2020 Volkswagen Golf has not been tested.
New Car Program Benefits
48 months / 50,000 miles
48 months / 50,000 miles
36 months / 36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
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