The Golf is one of the best-selling vehicles ever. It's been around 40-odd years for good reason. A brilliant little hatch that is as refreshing to drive as it is practical, the Golf is one of the originators of the ‘hot hatch’, a colloquialism used to describe performance-tuned or completely overhauled hatchbacks. For the uninitiated, the overwhelming love for the Golf can seem strange.
Let us show you why people love the Volkswagen Golf.
Despite toning down to a 1.4L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder from a 1.8L, the 2019 Golf actually has more down-low torque than its higher-horsepower sibling. Combined with the new, quicker-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, the Golf is more responsive on the throttle than ever. The smaller engine also improves gas mileage up to 32-combined mpg from last year’s 28-combined mpg. The steering and handling are communicative, and as a result, both feel exceptional. Long bends and switchbacks alike feel easy to maneuver through, all the while the Golf keeps an athletic and poised stance. The Golf is one of the best handling vehicles on the market.
Despite the tiny dimensions of a hatchback, the Golf is quite roomy. There’s adequate headroom for taller passengers in both the front and rear. This openness is aided by the excellent visibility all around, alleviating and cramped feelings that may linger. The cargo area is similarly surprising, with 22.8 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and a downright flabbergasting 53.7 cubic feet with the seats down. Those dimensions beat some of the current leading crossover SUVs. Stowaway storage is found throughout the cabin with each door having pockets that can easily fit water bottles. There’s even more storage beneath the center console and under the armrests. The glovebox is also huge.
Want to see what all the talk is about? Come test out a Golf for yourself.