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It has been 41 years since Volkswagen’s iconic hatchback debuted in the USA. The Giugiaro-designed alternative for the ever present Volkswagen Beetle would go on to turn out to be one of many world’s most profitable automobiles throughout that point. Now, the Golf finds itself in the course of its seventh era, and it’s time for a refresh.

Throughout its prolonged existence, the Golf settled down and began a household. The Golf clan now incorporates six members — the usual Golf hatchback, GTI, Golf R, Golf Sportwagen, Golf Alltrack, and eGolf. Whereas every mannequin shares the identical structure, all of them boast a novel id. For the 2018 mannequin yr, the entire household is getting a brand new look.

First up is the 2018 Volkswagen Golf. The quintessential four-door hatchback shows freshened styling and normal LED daytime working lights and taillights to present it a brand new visible signature. New bumpers with chrome accents, normal automated headlights and rain-sensing wipers, and up to date touchscreen infotainment screens with normal App-Join are additionally a part of the replace.

Volkswagen’s acquainted turbocharged 1.Eight-liter four-cylinder carries over, making 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. MSRP begins at $20,910 for a Golf S with five-speed guide transmission. (Vacation spot for all Golf household merchandise is $850.)

Subsequent is the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI. The unique sizzling hatch boasts some notable updates. Like the usual Golf, the GTI now sports activities normal LED daytime working lights and taillights. GTI-specific red-trimmed LED headlights can be found, whereas model-specific entrance and rear bumpers with bigger diffusers and exhaust suggestions come normal. New colours and wheels are additionally obtainable. The DSG transmission is now Begin/Cease enabled, and the Autobahn trim receives normal Lane Help, ParkPilot, Park Help, and Mild Help.

Most notably, the GTI’s turbocharged 2.Zero-liter four-cylinder receives a 10-horsepower bump for all trims (now as much as 220 hp and 258 lb-ft). Beginning value is $26,415 with a six-speed guide transmission.

2018 Volkswagen Golf, Image: VW Group

The brawniest member of the Golf household is Volkswagen’s halo automobile, the Golf R. Like its siblings, it additionally receives normal LED DRLs and taillights. LED headlights are actually normal. New options embody the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit and its customizable show, a brand new shade and wheel design, and Begin/Cease for the DSG transmission. A warmer 2.Zero-liter rests beneath the hood, good for 292 hp and 280 lb-ft. That’s unchanged from final yr.

The largest replace is the brand new obtainable seven-speed DSG. This transmission is exclusive to the Golf R in Volkswagen’s US lineup. At $1,100, it’s additionally the one obtainable possibility on the Golf R. A six-speed guide stays the usual providing, and the R’s beginning value rings in at $39,785.

2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen, Image: VW Group

Final up on Excessive Makeover: 2018 Golf Version is the Golf Alltrack and Golf Sportwagen. The wagon twins share an engine with the Golf hatch and obtain the identical LED DRL and taillight replace as the remainder of the household. Each obtain normal automated headlights and rain-sensing wipers, new obtainable colours, and up to date touchscreen infotainment screens with normal App-Join. The Alltrack SEL receives normal Lane Help, ParkPilot, Park Help, Mild Help, and LED headlights.

Later within the mannequin yr, the Alltrack may even obtain Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Visitors Alert. Beginning costs are $21,685 for the Sportwagen and $25,955 for the Alltrack. Whereas the lifted Alltrack and AWD Sportwagen make do with a six-speed guide/six-speed DSG combo, front-drive Sportwagens soldier on with a five-speed guide or six-speed automated.

2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, Image: VW Group

One other essential replace for the 2018 is the Volkswagen Folks First Guarantee. Volkswagen considers this six-year (or 72,000-mile) pledge “America’s finest automobile & SUV bumper-to-bumper transferable restricted guarantee.” It covers each typical new automobile restricted guarantee objects in addition to powertrain, superseding the previous three-year/36,000-mile and five-year/60,000-mile warranties from MY2017 and prior. This guarantee applies to all Golf Household fashions besides e-Golf.

Volkswagen’s updates are supposed to hold considered one of its most essential merchandise aggressive in a crowded market. Improved infotainment methods throughout the lineup, plus the addition of latest normal content material on entry stage autos, are welcome updates. The Golf does retain its most essential component, nonetheless — it’s nonetheless a pleasure to drive.

TTAC was just lately in a position to drive the entire 2018 Golf fashions back-to-back. We’ll have driving impressions prepared for you tomorrow.

[Images: Volkswagen Group]

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