Which VW Golf Should I Buy?

January 25th, 2018 by

Most of our Lawrence drivers know the Volkswagen Golf , but not quite as many know that there are many different models under that name. “Which VW Golf should I buy?” is a question we hear quite a bit at Commonwealth VW, and our team is here to help you figure out which of these is the best VW Golf for you:

  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI
  • Volkswagen Golf R
  • Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
  • Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

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2018 Volkswagen Golf main view

The Standard Golf: Anything But Ordinary

Versatility and agility combine in the Volkswagen Golf, sporting advanced technology features that range from Bluetooth connectivity to VW Car-Net App-Connect and having plenty of room for both passengers and cargo.

  • VW Car-Net App-Connect: This Volkswagen-exclusive brings your streaming music, messaging, mobile maps, and other apps directly to your Golf touchscreen.
  • Tiptronic with Sport Mode: This available performance feature lets you change gears with just a tap for a spirited drive.
  • Lightweight Turbo: As agile as the Golf, the 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder under the hood delivers 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.
  • Interior Specs: This Golf comfortably seats five, as do the other models, but if you need more room for cargo, just fold down the rear seating and the Golf is capable of hauling 52.7 cubic feet of cargo – expanded from 22.8 cubic feet.
2018 Volkswagen Golf profile
2018 Volkswagen Golf touchscreen

Performance, Meet Hatchback

Drivers who need something a little more powerful than that 1.8L turbo can find it in two different flavors.

  • Golf GTI: A sport suspension, 220-hp 2.0L turbo (when premium fuel is used), performance brakes, and paddle shifters put performance at a priority on the Golf GTI. The available Fender Premium Audio System, touchscreen navigation, and color multi-function display keep the cabin as impressive as what’s under the hood.
  • Golf R: DCC adaptive chassis control, a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode, and standard 4MOTION all-wheel drive augment the truly impressive 292-hp 2.0L TSI engine of the Golf R. Top sport seating keeps you comfortable behind the wheel while the stunning design and 19-inch Pretoria alloy wheels turn heads.

Both of these vehicles have defined the modern hot hatch, and drivers who want precision German engineering can take it to the streets of Lowell and Haverhill.

2018 Volkswagen Golf seating
2018 Volkswagen Golf by mural

The Wagon Lives on in a Golf

Not every driver sees the Golf and thinks “performance.” Some see the hatchback design and remember one of the most versatile family vehicles: the wagon. The Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen take the hatchback design of the vehicle and extend it into a wagon for more space and the ultimate family vehicle.

  • Cargo Space: Both of these Golf models feature a standard cargo space that can hold up to 30.4 cubic feet, but if you need to expand it, the rear seat folds down and allows 66.5 cubic feet of room for your things.

The big difference between the Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen is 4MOTION AWD and increased ground clearance, both standard on the Alltrack. If yours is a family that likes to go camping, has a vacation spot with dirt or gravel roads, or simply likes to prepare for adventure, the Alltrack might be a better fit. If you’re going to be commuting most days and taking the kids to school, the SportWagen could be more up your alley.

2018 Volkswagen Golf mirror
2018 Volkswagen Golf steering wheel

What if the Golf Isn’t for Me?

While we’re confident we can find the best Golf to fit a driver’s needs, not every driver needs a Golf. That’s why we’re proud to stock the Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, Atlas, and more at Commonwealth Volkswagen. Contact us today to help find your next car – or if you need some help deciding on your Golf, we can schedule a test drive of any of the five models above.

*Some 2017 models shown. See dealership for details.

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