2019 Volkswagen Golf GTIChange year or vehicle
Key specs of the base trim
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- Engine refinement
- Cabin materials
- Six-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty
- Steering feedback (GTI, R)
- Clutch feel (manual transmission)
- Golf R's hefty price premium
- Backseat legroom (SportWagen)
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
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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.
Fun car rides like a coal cart!
Enjoy everything about this car except the terrible ride. Overall spring-rate is great for the track but not a normal street or highway. Looks cool but rattles your eyeballs even when driven gently. ... Read full review
Love driving it, reliable so far.....
Gobs of low end torque makes it so easy to drive the GTI, and the 6-speed manual transmission is so much nicer than my wife's 5-speed Golf. It handles really well, and, the cabin is pretty quiet and ... Read full review
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI currently has 0 recalls
Crash and Rollover Test Ratings
New Car Program Benefits
72 months / 72,000 miles
72 months / 72,000 miles
36 months / 36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
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
For vehicles purchased on or after January 5, 2021: Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever occurs first) limited warranty; model-year 2018-2019, 1 year/12,000 miles (whichever occurs first) limited warranty; model-year 2020 and newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever occurs first) limited warranty
Dealer Certification Required
100-plus point inspection
2 year 24-Hour