A VW Golf That Can Handle Light Off-Roading Americans love crossover sport-utility vehicles, which had been a bit a problem for Volkswagen. While most full-line automakers had several crossover SUVs to choose from, VW had just two; the small Tiguan and the larger, now discontinued, Touareg. To plug the gap until the three-row Atlas arrived, the German automaker came up with the Golf Alltrack for the 2017 model year. And just what is the Golf Alltrack? In a nutshell, the Alltrack is a made-over Golf SportWagen that has been slightly lifted, butched up with some body cladding, and includes VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system along with more standard content. A sedan in off-road clothing Sound familiar? That’s pretty much what Subaru did with the then Legacy wagon in 1994, morphing it into the Subaru Outback and calling it a “sport-utility wagon.” They haven’t looked back since. The 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack was redesigned, lighting elements. All models … [Read more...] about Road Test: 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack SE
Golf r forum
Top of the Line Golf Offers Benchmark Performance & Outstanding Economy The updated 2018 Volkswagen Golf R offers benchmark, performance, handling and economy in a thoroughly modern five-door hatchback package. The Golf R builds on the features and performance of its sibling, the GTI, and dials it up, not to the extreme, but instead adds refinement and strength. It does it in a way that is familiar to Golf aficionados, but does not embrace a wild and wooly personality. 4 pipes, no waiting The Golf R uses the same MQB platform that can be found underpinning every Golf, Jetta, Alltrack, Atlas and Tiguan today. The body shell is the same as the GTI and regular Golf and is only offered in a five-door hatchback body style. The Power The 2018 Volkswagen Golf R get Its power from the same 2.0-liter EA888 engine that is in other MQB cars, but the Golf R’s upgraded engine has different heads, larger turbo, pistons and a more robust direct injection system. These … [Read more...] about Road Test: 2018 Volkswagen Golf R
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R is a GTI plus. It’s an expensive Golf. A fast Golf. A super Golf. It draws the line where VW stops and Audi begins. It’s also a hot hatch that does everything supremely well without breaking your spine in half, and therein lies its charm. Fling it over a snow-covered back road in Canadian winter with a couple of bros sitting in the back, and you’ll instantly understand its purpose. Bring it on a track, and you’ll know where your extra ten grand went over a GTI. (Full disclosure: Volkswagen Canada agreed that I could bring the Golf R at the Sanair speed circuit to try out its claimed performance. They also told me that if I’d break it, I’d have to buy it.) What Is It? Thank God, something that isn’t a crossover! It’s a humble little Volkswagen that seats five and has a big hatch out the back that will engulf 52.7 cu-ft of cargo space when its rear seats are folded flat. That’s more than in an Infiniti … [Read more...] about The Volkswagen Golf R Is Worth It
A Great Crossover Wagon Gets Even Better Volkswagen has been hard at work beefing up its CUV/SUV offerings over the last 12 months. In 2017 they replaced their German-built Touareg with their first US-built full-sized SUV, the Atlas, introduced an updated Tiguan with American-sized version and introduced an upscale version of the Golf SportWagen named the Alltrack. Don’t call it an off-road station wagon The Alltrack, introduced in 2017 is a compact AWD station wagon that is designed to compete in the space occupied by the likes of Subaru, Volvo, Audi and Mitsubishi. Granted that US buyers are somewhat averse to the name “Station Wagon,” so VW has revamped the Golf wagon with increased ride height, aggressive body cladding, and VW’s 4Motion AWD system, along with other upscale content. For 2018, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack continues to improve with added content, new styling, added safety features and lower pricing. Here’s what’s new for 2018 The … [Read more...] about Road Test: 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
Ted writes: Hi Sajeev, I’m about to get a new Golf R and everyone complains about the boring VW Golf design thingamajiggit. Yes. I find the boring classic outside to be comforting. I’m in it for the longevity of the design and body, and want to keep this until it dies or 10 years; I intend to ceramic coat the Lápiz Blue. It’s a manual, of course, and when the clutch eventually dies I may replace with a tougher version and chip it. What I don’t like, and a major strike against the R in my mind, is that the interior is so dark as to make the interior basically invisible. The accents — silver stitching which isn’t prominent and will dull or fade, blue lighting accents which only pop up at night with the doors open — are too limited to make much of an impact. No sunroof in the Canadian R, which is okay by me, and it’s the Audi TFT digital dash, so, lots of lights. However, how can I add an accent or two to the inside which fits and … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Re-design This Golf R Interior!