Review Introduction

2016 Volkswagen Golf Introduction

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf serves as the designated adult of the compact hatchback class. It’s sensibly styled inside and out, refined to a degree, and utterly composed on the road. From behind the wheel, you get that classic German feel so important to VW fans, tempered by the smooth drivability that most Americans favor.

Redesigned for 2015, the Golf receives a few tech updates for 2016, including new infotainment touchscreens that support Apple Car Play and Android Auto. A rearview camera is now standard on all but the base mode, and the newly available Driver Assistance package offers advanced accident-avoidance technology. The turbodiesel TDI model has been dropped due to emissions issues.

The Golf is offered in two-door, four-door, and wagon body styles. Most are powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 170 horsepower, matched to your choice of a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The 1.8-liter is EPA rated at 25/37 mpg City/Highway and 30 mpg Combined with the manual. Adding the automatic reduces by these ratings by 1 mpg.

Performance versions get a 2-liter turbo four-cylinder that produces 210 or 292 horsepower depending on the model. The regular 2-liter is EPA rated at 25/34 mpg City/Highway and 28 mpg Combined, while the high-output version is rated at 23/30 mpg City/Highway and 25 mpg Combined. These ratings are virtually identical with the automatic.

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