Very few cars can compare to the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI’s smooth drivability and handling. Its fortes include a high-quality interior, a roomy and versatile hatchback design, sporty handling, and a fuel-efficient a strong turbocharged engine. Its release date should be expected this fall.
New add-ons for 2018 include an all-new infotainment system, a universal USB input, a 6.5” infotainment screen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration system. Also, the optional Driver Assistance package comes bundled with an automated parallel parking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring system, and an emergency brake assist.
A well-executed performance enhancements, plenty of comfort and space, and incredible versatility are just but a few exemplary features you will certainly be guaranteed from a VW Golf. Last year’s redesign produced a more entertaining GTI than prior models, but the 2018 model takes that to a totally different level.
Although not sporting any radical changes, the new hatchback comes with more responsive brakes and steering that propel it to a more capable and exciting levels. Couple that with a strong 2.0L turbocharged engine and what you get is nothing short of exhilarating results.
Still, the GTI comes with a few drawbacks to its name. They include a sleepy response from the automated manual transmission system especially in a slow-moving traffic and a rather stiff ride with optional summer tires.
Buyers who place a high value on technology will assuredly be grateful they waited this long to get the fresh 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI. For those aching for more top-quality and stellar performance can shop for other alternatives.
Depending on your priorities, other alternatives within the price range includes Ford Focus ST, Mini Cooper S, and 2018 Subaru WRX STI.
Volkswagen Golf GTI – Available Trims
For 2018, Volkswagen has provided three trims that will come in four and two-door hatchback body configurations. S, SE, and Autobahn are the only trims available for this year’s Golf GTI. Both the 2018 VW Golf R and Golf GTI Clubsport are reviewed separately.
Exterior Specifications & Interior Review – 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Standard features available for the two-door 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI S trim include heated front seats, a rearview camera, a 6.5” touchscreen display, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a leather wrapped steering wheel, LED foglights, 18” alloy wheels, a rearview camera, power reclining front seats, smartphone app integration, 60/40-split folding rear seats, HD and satellite radio, air conditioning, a rear spoiler, plaid cloth upholstery, and heated mirrors.
The optional Performance package is available on all trims and adds an additional 10 horsepower, a larger rear and front brakes, and an electronically controlled mechanical limited-slip front differential.
Picking the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI SE trim gets you keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery, automatic headlights, a navigation system, automatic climate control, a sunroof, two way power lumbar, and automatic wipers.
The optional Lighting, Performance, and Driver Assistance packages available on all trims add adaptive bi-xenon headlights, driver adjustable adaptive shock absorbers, front and rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alerts, lane departure warning systems, adaptive cruise control, larger rear stabilizer bar, emergency brake assist, a frontal collision warning system, and LED running lights.
Exterior colors to expect include Carbon Steel Grey Metallic, Pure White, Tornado Red, Reflex Silver Metallic, Night Blue Metallic, and Deep Black pearl.
Engine Specs – 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
The FWD 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI comes equipped with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine rated at 210 horsepower and 258 pounds of torque. With the Performance package, expect the output at 220 horsepower. The 6-speed manual transmission system is standard, while VW’s DSG is optionally available.
During our own test drive, a four-door 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI went from 0-60 mph in a blistering 6.1 seconds, while the manually-equipped GTI did the same in 5.9 seconds.
According to EPA fuel economy ratings, the manual-transmission-equipped GTI returns 25/34/28 mpg, and 25/33/28 mpg for the six-speed automated manual transmission system.
Price & Release Date – 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Expect the base 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI S to cost you an MSRP starting from $34,995, and up to $38,135 for the Autobahn model.
Release date wise, credible sources point to a possible release before this fall when the vehicle will go for sale.