Volkswagen is updating the Golf lineup for 2018 with some modest design changes, new features and a slightly more powerful GTI version.
From a distance one would have a difficult time noticing the difference between the 2017 and 2018 Golf, but the new version is sporting new bumpers, a revised chrome grille and all models feature LED daytime running lamps. Full-LED headlamps are now optional, replacing today’s bi-xenon headlamps. The changes add up to a slightly more aggressive Golf, albeit that is relative given the base Golf’s rather pedestrian demeanor.
Inside, VW has given the Golf a few more inches of screen real estate. Base models feature a 6.5-inch display, while the SE and SEL models feature larger eight-inch units. Both screens are displaying VW’s latest infotainment software. VW’s Virtual Cockpit digital cluster is also offered in the Golf R.
For most Golf buyers, powertrain options are unchanged for 2018. However, the GTI has gained 10 horsepower to achieve a rating of 220 horsepower total. The Golf R model adds a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission as well.
Expect VW to announce pricing for the revised Golf closer to its fall launch.