2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI
2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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)

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI trim comparison will help you decide.

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 GTI 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 4.5
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Refined Fun

If you are looking for a car that is tame when you want it to be but sporty when you put your foot down than this is the car for you. The styling, functionality and drive all come together to provide a fun to own, slick car.

4.9

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. We've owned 3 GTIs since '87 and enjoyed all except for this ride issue. It also causes the sunroof screen to vibrate open as you drive.

4.7

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 the car is very stable even at speeds above 100 mph. I have the base model with 17-inch wheels which provide a pretty comfortable ride overall. I wouldn't get the 18-inch wheels unless they are accompanied by the dynamic chassis control. I think the ride would be too stiff without it. I'm glad I didn't get the Autobahn trim which is a lot more money. I sometimes think about the Rabbit edition, which was great value, but I didn't like the black wheels or the colour choices. Overall, I absolutely love this car, and I've had no problems with it in 7 months of ownership. One caveat on that....I don't push the car close to its limits very often, and, that may be why I've had no issues.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
72 months/72,000 miles
Corrosion
84 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
72 months/72,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
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
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