Volkswagen has unveiled the updated 2018 Volkswagen Golf lineup, which not only is every model getting a slight facelift, but there’s also more technology in the mix than ever before.
On the outside, the 2018 Golf gets an updated exterior with sharper lines, new bumpers and a new chrome grille. Full-LED taillights and Daytime Running Lights come standard, while full-LED headlights replace the old optional Bi-Xenon headlights. Lastly the wheel designs and body colors have also been updated. Interior updates include new trim panels and materials.
Inside there are new trim panels and upgraded materials, but you’ll probably be more interested in the new technology. The infotainment system is now larger with the standard 6.5-inch display replacing the 5-inch screens in previous models, while SE and SEL trims feature a standard 8-inch touchscreen. The 2018 Golf R also comes standard with a Volkswagen Digital Cockpit that allows drivers to customize the vehicle information on the dashboard.
There are also new Driver Assistance systems. Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking is now available on most SE trims and above, as is Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert. The updated version of Front Assist now includes Pedestrian Monitoring.
Under the hood, the The 2018 Golf is powered a 1.8L with 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque (184 lb-ft. with the 5-speed manual). The 2018 Golf can be equipped with either a six-speed DSG, while a six-speed manual is available for S and SE trims.
The 2018 GTI gets a slight performance boost from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo, which now makes a standard 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The GTI can be equipped with either six-speed DSG automatic transmission or a six-speed manual.
The Golf R is powered by a 2.0-liter engine that produces 292 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The Golf R is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or—new a seven-speed DSG dual clutch automatic.