- 2-door style has been dropped for 2014
- Gasoline and diesel engine options
- Up to 42 mpg highway
Volkswagen’s Golf subcompact returns for 2014, with gasoline and diesel engine options and a refined interior.
The Golf drops two-door models for 2014, in preparation for a redesign next year.
From the outside, the Golf’s styling is more conservative than flashy; it won’t win any design or style contests, but its look remains handsome and recognizable. A body colored bumper separates the front grille and air dam and darkened lenses for the taillights. 15-inch steel wheels are standard, while 17-inch alloys are available as an option.
Under the hood, the Golf offers two engine options. The base engine is a more conventional gas powered 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder that makes 177 pounds-feet of torque. TDI models come with a super-efficient turbo-diesel engine. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel makes 140-horsepower and puts out 236 pounds-feet of torque. A six-speed manual (TDI models) and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic round out the transmission options.
Fuel economy ratings are good with the gas engine, but great with the diesel. Gas models return 24/31 mpg city/highway, while TDI models top that with 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway.
Inside, the Golf comes with plenty of standard features including power locks, windows, and mirrors, air conditioning, cruise control, and an auxiliary audio input. A moonroof, heated seats, touchscreen sound system with HD radio, and Bluetooth/iPod connectivity are optional.
The 2014 Golf also offers all of the expected safety technologies including six airbags, antilock brakes, traction control, and an electronic stability system.
Although its base price is higher than other cars in this segment, you really do get what you pay for with the 2014 Volkswagen Golf. It’s more upscale interior and greater attention to detail, inside and out, along with nimble handling and diesel efficiency make it an intriguing choice in this class.