The 2016 Volkswagen Golf comes largely unchanged from the 2015
model. The vehicle which offers European-inspired interior
design, safety and handling features a few tweaks here and
there that makes even the base Golf more polished and fun to
drive. It comes in a number of trims and engines to choose
2016 Volkswagen Golf Exterior
The exterior look of the new 2016 VW Golf is easily
recognizable. Its exterior has been carefully styled and
features new profile lines that begin at the base of the hood.
The hood itself has been redesigned and looks steeper.
The front also features a new horizontal grille flanked on both
sides by new, sharp headlight clusters. The distinctive pillars
which have been a common feature since earlier Golfs remain and
add to the familiar Golf look. To improve its COG and
stability, the new Golf sits low to the ground.
While other trims are offered in a choice of either 2 or 4
doors, the Golf R and e-Golf are offered as 4-door hatchbacks
only while the GTI is offered in 2-doors only. Overall, the
Golf looks more muscular.
2016 Volkswagen Golf Interior
The interior is business-like and accommodates five passengers.
The overall dash has been redesigned and looks more stylish
with the center stack moved towards the driver.
In front of the driver is an instruments cluster, a 6.5-inch
display screen at the center of the dash (the TSI features a
5-inch touch-screen). The dash features two-tone upholstery.
All models are hooked up with VW’s MIB II infotainment system
which comes along with USB ports. The TSI gets Bluetooth
streaming, an 8-speaker stereo, USB connectivity, 60/40-split
folding rear seat and a color touch-screen. The TSI is the only
golf without a rear-view camera.
The S features a steering wheel mounted with controls, a
rear-view mirror, SiriusXM satellite radio and VW Car-Net. The
S trim is offered in TDI form. The gasoline 4-door of the TDI
has a panoramic sunroof. The SE adds an 8-speaker audio system,
heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof and leather upholstery.
The trim has additional options such as the enhanced adaptive
Driver Assistance Package.
The top trim SEL packs a dual-zone climate control,
touch-screen navigation, a power driver’s seat and the driver
Assistance Package on top of SE features The Golf also offers
plenty of cargo space. It offers 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space
which goes up to 52.7 cubic feet when the rear sets are folded.
For safety purposes all Golf models feature autonomous barking
and traction control.
Engine Specs and Performance
The 2016 Volkswagen Golf features a number of engines. The base
unit on the Golf TSI is a 1.8 L direct-injected turbocharged,
4-cylinder unit good for 170 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque at
4,500 rpm and 200 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm. Its EPA rated
at 25/37 mpg city/highway for the manual, 25/36 mpg for the
There is also the 2.0 L turbocharged inline-4 (GTI) which comes
good with 210 hp at 4,500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1,500
rpm. Its performance package adds 10 hp at 4,700 rpm. The
engine is EPA rated at 25/34 mpg city/highway with the manual
and 25/33 mpg city/highway with the automatic.
The next power-train option is the 2.0 L turbocharged diesel
inline-4 (TDI) which produces 150 hp at 3,500 rpm and 236 lb-ft
of torque at 1,750 rpm. Its EPA rated at 30/45 mpg
city/highway for the manual and 31/43 mpg city/highway for the
The last conventional engine is the 2.0 L turbocharged inline-4
on the Golf R good for 292 hp at 5,400 rpm and 280 lb-ft of
torque at 1,800 rpm. The engine is EPA rated at 22/31 mpg
city/highway for the manual and 23/30 mpg for the automatic.
The gas engines are paired with either a 5-speed manual or
6-speed automatic transmission while the diesel engines are
mated with a 6-speed manual or the DSG automatic system.
Lastly, there is the e-Golf which is fitted with a full
electric drive-train. The unit features a permanent-magnet AC
motor that delivers 115 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. The
electric unit is capable of moving the Golf from 0-60 mph in 10
seconds and attains a top speed of 87 mph. The e-Golf has a
range of 83 miles.
Price and release date
VW has competitively priced the Golf lineup to compete with
other compact cars in its class. The base Golf has a MSRP of $
19,315 inclusive of destination charges which is almost the
same value as the base KIA Forte and other rival brands.
Moving up the trims, the S trim has a starting price of $
20,395 for the 2-door hatchback and $ 20,995 for the 4-door
variant. SE trim models have a starting price of $ 26,045 while
the top trim SEL has a $28,215 price tag. If you want diesel
versions, you will have to add $ 1,000 more.
The sporty GTI attracts a $ 25,815 price tag and additional
options push the price to $ 33,550. The 4-door Golf R has a
starting price of $ 38,000 while the green hatchback e –Golf
costs around $ 36,000. The Golf is set to be released to dealer
showrooms any time now so you can get yourself an early
Christmas gift. Next-generation VW Golf is scheduled for