Volkswagen Gives The Golf and Its Performance Derivatives A Facelift

Cautious and subtle with their approach, Volkswagen is nevertheless giving the longtime favorite Golf, GTI, and Golf R an update. Nevertheless, the updates are comprehensive and worth reporting. After all, the Volkswagen Golf is one of the best-rated and popular European brand cars in the market today. Here is a look at the future of Volkswagen’s Golf lineup.

The Golf

For 2018, the Golf will get LED daytime running lights with full-LED headlamps available as an upgrade. The restyled front and rear bumpers will not feature straighter lines and new LED tail lamps will dress up the derrieres of all Golf models. There will also be new wheel designs and paint options.

While still enjoying standard equipment, the cabin of the 2018 Golf will receive new interior trim and materials. The 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system of the Golf S will be replaced by a bigger 6.5-inch display. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that it will also boast new rain-sensing wipers. The Golf SE will get a new 8-inch touchscreen display, forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking system. The Golf SEL will get adaptive cruise control and auto-dimming mirror.


For the Golf GTI, the engine gets a 10 horsepower boost bringing the total to 220 horsepower at 4700 rpm with the same torque of 258 lb-ft at 1500 rpm. The GTI S will feature a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with engine auto stop/start capability.

With the GTI SE, you will receive beefier brakes, electronically actuated torque-sensing limited-slip differential, and full LED lighting. According to Robert Janitzek, the new model will have an 8-inch infotainment screen and the seating surfaces are the traditional Clark plaid cloth with leatherette as an option.

The Golf R

The 2018 Golf R will still utilize the same powertrain with an optional seven-speed dual-clutch unit. The updated model will have LED exterior lighting, 8-inch infotainment screen, and auto start/stop on automatic modes. Another new standard feature is the Digital Cockpit Instrument cluster. The Golf R will come with adaptive dampers and navigation as well as pedestrian monitoring for the collision-warning and automated emergency braking systems.

While not as thorough as those made on Golfs in other markets, they are enough to make the European brand car competitive provided that price will not increase much from its present level. There is no word yet as to how much the 2018 Golf, GTI, and Golf R will be until closer to their fall-on-sale dates.

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