2014 Volkswagen Golf

2.5 PZEV FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I5 auto trans

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2014 Volkswagen Golf
2014 Volkswagen Golf

New For 2014

Not much is new on the Golf for 2014, since it's just a holdover from 2013; the two-door models are no longer available, nor is the top-spec Golf R variant. An all-new Golf is due for the 2015 model year -- it will go on sale in the second half of the 2014 calendar year.

Vehicle Summary

Americans may recall the Volkswagen Rabbit, which was the first North American incarnation of the venerable Golf. While the initial Rabbit may not have hopped off dealership lots when it debuted in 1975, the ensuing six generations of Golf have improved upon the compact hatchback's build quality, great handling, and premium reputation in the U.S. (The Rabbit name was used on the first- and fifth-generation models in the U.S.) The Golf also gave birth to our much-beloved GTI hot hatch, which we've named as an Automobile Magazine All-Star six times: in 1986, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The GTI was also named Automobile of the Year in both 2007 and 2010. For even more power and performance, Volkswagen has offered the high-powered R32 and Golf R models, which traded the Golf and GTI four-cylinder engines and front-wheel drive for uprated V-6 engines mated to all-wheel drive.
The Golf has also helped to spearhead Volkswagen's leadership in mainstream diesel-powered cars. VW has long offered a Golf TDI with a diesel engine, which turns the already-economical hatchback into a mileage champ. Overseas, diesel-powered Golfs are some of the best-selling cars around; the Volkswagen Golf has been the best-selling nameplate in Europe for years. In the U.S., the Golf is more of a bit player compared to the Jetta and Passat sedans -- VW sold just 40,885 Golfs and GTIs here last year.


Volkswagen offers three different Golf models, making between 140 hp and 200 hp; however, for the abbreviated 2014 model year, Volkswagen is offering them in four-door configuration only. All Golfs feature a dynamic chassis and responsive steering that make them a joy to drive. Other common traits include exceptional visibility and a spacious, high-quality interior that compares well with cars costing twice as much. The base five-cylinder engine is sufficiently powerful but can't come close to the 40 mpg achieved by other compact cars. Efficiency-minded buyers will want the diesel-powered TDI, a peppy and refined model that is rated at 30/42 mpg city/highway. The diesel model is pricey, though. The 256-hp Golf R has been discontinued, but we prefer the less powerful front-wheel-drive GTI anyway. The GTI uses a 2.0-liter turbo, a smooth powerplant with linear response and minimal turbo lag. Buyers have a choice of four transmissions. Volkswagen's acclaimed dual-clutch automatic has sophisticated computer programming that mimics the function of a limited-slip differential without adding torque steer. And the GTI's steering is as good as it gets with front-wheel-drive cars. The Golf and the GTI are also safe choices -- they're rated as Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; they have not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Buyers looking for a solid pick in the compact-hatchback class don't have to look much further than the Golf and the GTI, especially given the variety of choices. You can't go wrong with the current Golf, and 2014 is probably the best time to get a good deal on the current, sixth-generation model; the all-new seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf is already on the market in Europe and will go on sale in the States in the later part of 2014. We've already driven the European-spec Golf and found the slightly larger model to be even more refined and upscale in its design, build quality, and dynamic capabilities.

You'll like:

  • Great handling
  • An engine for every purpose
  • Upscale interior

You won't like:

  • Outdated technology
  • Bland styling

Key Competitors

  • Ford Focus
  • Kia Forte
  • Mazda 3
  • Subaru Impreza
2014 Toyota Corolla S Front Three Quarters In Motion
The Toyota Corolla retook the number-one sales spot from the Honda Civic this past month, selling 30,883 units to the Civic's 30,038. The Hyundai Elantra again came in third place, with sales of 22,213, but improved its performance from last month.
Volkswagen Golf MKI And MKVII Rear Shot
The Volkswagen Golf has plenty of reasons to celebrate this year. VW has just produced its 30 millionth Golf and recently accepted the 2013 World Car of the Year award, which the small hatch won just a few months ago.
2014 Volkswagen Golf Variant Wagon Top View
Some automotive media outlets can't contain their enthusiasm, or opportunism, as may be the case, and decide to release photos on the web ahead of agreed-to embargo terms. Such has proven to be the case with these photos of the 2014 Volkswagen Golf Variant (wagon). Now that the cat is out of the bag, so to speak, we thought we'd share a little Fahrvergnügen love with you too.
2014 Volkswagen Golf Left Side
Volkswagen's new Golf is already something of a hit with the reviewers. It could soon be a hit with the accountants too: Volkswagen announced that it will shift production of all next-generation Golfs sold in North and South America to a plant in Puebla, Mexico.

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2.5 PZEV FWD 4-Dr Hatchback I5
23 MPG City | 30 MPG Hwy
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2014 Volkswagen Golf Specifications

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2.5L I5Engine
Fuel economy City:
23 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
30 MPG
170 hp @ 5700rpm
177 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
36,000 miles / 36 months
24,000 miles / 24 months
Recall Date
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, and Passat, 2010-2013 Eos, 2011-2014 Golf, GTI, Jetta, and Tiguan, and 2012-2014 Jetta Sportwagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, debris may contaminate the air bag clock spring, a spiral wound, flat cable that keeps the air bag powered while the steering wheel is being turned. This contamination may tear the cable and result in a loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag.
A loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag will prevent the air bag from deploying in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install a protective cover over the steering wheel clock spring if the air bag light is off. If the airbag light is on and the steering wheel clock spring requires replacement, dealers will install a new steering wheel clock spring. These repairs will be performed free of charge. Interim notices were mailed to owners on September 25, 2015. Owners will receive a second notice on January 15, 2016. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987.
Potential Units Affected
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength

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