- Completely redesigned for 2015
- Available with two- or four-doors
- Diesel versions get up to 42 mpg on the highway
Sporting a complete redesign, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf rolls in with new styling and big powertrain updates for the new model year.
Two-door versions of the Golf return for 2015 after a one year absence, giving car buyers two- and four-door versions to choose from. The Golf’s new styling sharpens out some of the curviness found in the previous generation, but the familiar Golf hatchback profile is very much intact. Up front, there is a new fascia with tauter lines around the lower air intake that make the Golf a little more aggressive. The front grille has been slimmed down even further and the headlight clusters have sharper angles as well. 15-inch wheels are standard, while larger 16-, 17-, and 18-inch alloy wheels are available. Bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights are optional, along with an adaptive front-lighting system that can swivel the headlights to match the turning of the wheel, offering better visibility on dark roads.
Under the hood there are changes as well; last year’s five-cylinder is gone, it is replaced by a 170-hp, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder that makes 200 pounds-feet of torque. The new, smaller base engine offers the same power but with added efficiency. It is offered with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Golf TDI (diesel) models also add more power for 2015, with the 150-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel making 10 more hp than it did a year ago. This engine can be mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. Fuel economy figures for models with the gasoline engine check in at 26/37 mpg city/highway with the manual, and 26/36 mpg with the automatic – a large improvement over last year’s numbers. Diesel models return up to 31/42 mpg city/highway.
Inside, the Golf adds both interior passenger room and cargo room for 2015, an impressive feat when you consider that the new car is actually shorter than the old version. Behind the rear seats is 22.8 cubic feet of cargo room which is a lot for a car with such a small footprint. There are a few design changes as well, including modifications to the center stack which is now angled slightly towards the driver for easier access to audio/HVAC controls. Power windows and locks, Bluetooth connectivity, iPod integration, a 5.8-inch touchscreen display, and air conditioning are standard. Upscale features like leather upholstery, power seats, VW Car-Net services, heated front seats, and a navigation system are also available.
The 2015 Golf also excels when it comes to safety, winning a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, their highest distinction, for its performance in crash testing. Antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and six airbags come standard. Also standard for 2015 is a new Post-Collision Braking system, which detects collisions and automatically applies the brakes to prevent further accidents from occurring. Forward collision warnings and rear park distance control systems are available as part of a Driver Assistance package.