2019 Volkswagen Golf

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2019 Volkswagen Golf Ratings


Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
J.D. Power
Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

Owners' experience with this brand's dealerships during the purchase and service process make up this rating. Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities, and the quality of work.

Best Compact Car of 2019

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2019 Volkswagen Golf after 90-days of ownership.
  • Vehicle acceleration
  • Vehicle's handling on curves
  • Rear visibility

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • The vehicle's heating and air conditioning
  • The vehicle's audio system
  • Amount of trunk/hatch space

Performance Specs

MPG City







6 speed, Manual w/OD, 8 speed, Automatic w/OD


Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4


Front Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2019 Volkswagen Golf Review

The first Volkswagen Golf got to America in 1975 and immediately started changing the world. Today’s Golf is even more fun to drive and can carry even more of your stuff—using less gas. Choose from two models: the well-equipped S and the top-of-the-line SE. There’s 93.5 cubic feet of passenger volume inside. Or fold down the 60/40-split rear seatback and you can fit over 50 cubic feet of cargo. And a peppy turbocharged engine means you can carry everything for up to 40 miles on a single gallon of gas. Bluetooth technology with audio streaming adds voice control and available Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect brings select smartphone apps to a touchscreen display—it’s compatible with Apple CarPlay Android Auto and MirrorLink. And best of all every Golf comes with America’s best bumper-to-bumper warranty—The People First Warranty. Choose from a variety of colors options and Genuine Volkswagen Accessories and build a Golf that’s all yours. The Volkswagen Golf. It’s an urban legend.
The Volkswagen Golf puts high technology well within your reach. Bluetooth technology with audio streaming lets you enjoy the ease of voice control—and keeps your eyes on the road where they belong. Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect with Apple CarPlay Android Auto and MirrorLink compatibility lets you access select smartphone apps right from your dash. Available SiriusXM Satellite Radio brings news music weather and more—wherever you are. And with available Car-Net Security & Service you can access your Golf from your computer tablet smartphone and smartwatch. The Volkswagen Golf. Taking technology to town.
Why was the Volkswagen Golf awarded a five-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration? For starters there’s the standard Blind Spot Monitor which can alert you if another car’s sneaking into your blind spot. Then there’s available Parking Steering Assistant which can help steer your Golf into parking spaces. And standard Rear Traffic Alert to help you back up with more confidence—once it saves you from getting hit you’ll never back out of a driveway or parking spot without it again. The Volkswagen Golf. Peace of mind comes standard.
There’s never a dull moment in your Volkswagen Golf. When it’s time to hit the highway the Golf’s turbocharged 1.4-liter engine delivers 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. And up to 40 miles per gallon. This excellent balance of power and efficiency comes with your choice of a six-speed manual or an available eight-speed Tiptronic transmission. And electric power-assist rack-and-pinion steering means a nimble ride. The Volkswagen Golf. It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s a machine designed for today’s urban explorer.

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