The 2020 Volkswagen Golf compact motor vehicle lineup shrinks from a complete eighteen-hole lineup to a mere par 3 class as the German automaker readies a new product probable to get there for 2021.

Even pared down to Golf, Golf GTI, and e-Golf models, the smallest 2020 VW is a refined hatchback with excellent basic safety and technologies tools.

All round, we price the 2020 Golf lineup at six.7 out of 10, a determine derived from the GTI that outsells its other siblings. (Read more about how we price automobiles.

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Long gone this calendar year are the likeable SportWagen and off-roady Alltrack wagon variants, as well as the ferocious Golf R. Nevertheless immensely rational, the station wagons were being achieved with lukewarm interest. Remaining in their wake are the Golf Worth Edition, GTI S and SE, and e-Golf SE and SEL Premium.

The foundation Golf retains a 147-horsepower 1.4-liter turbo-4 that pairs with either a six-pace guide or 8-pace automatic transmission to shuttle electric power to the front wheels. Acceleration is brisk enough for uncomplicated on-ramp entry, and an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined is laudable. The foundation Golf has a tender, magnificent trip a slash above the class norm, a reminder that it is marketed as a loved ones motor vehicle and not an overall economy motor vehicle in its European dwelling industry. 

Fanatics will want the Golf GTI with its 228-hp two.-liter turbo-4, which teams well with either the standard six-pace guide or 7-pace twin-clutch automatic transmission. A constrained-slip front differential will work well to preserve the GTI’s acceleration and managing linear and entertaining. Couple tiny automobiles supply as numerous thrills as the rorty tiny GTI. We’ll miss the Golf R’s 288 hp and all-wheel drive, but not its $41,000 value tag. 

With just one hundred twenty five miles of all-electric assortment, the e-Golf may possibly be a tricky market from the two hundred-mile-additionally Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt EV, not to mention fairly reduced fuel price ranges. Where by the e-Golf stands out is, ironically, in its subtlety: it appears to be like, feels, and mostly drives like a typical Golf. Acceleration is typical EV-fast and silent, and motorists who are living around Degree three chargers can prime a depleted battery to 80 percent demand in about an hour. 

No issue the badge on the again or what is underhood, all Golfs share a straightforward, businesslike dash. Touchscreens assortment from six.5 to 8. inches and attribute standard Apple CarPlay and Android Car compatibility. Inside room is well-utilized, and the hatchback can swallow practically fifty three cubic feet of merchandise with the rear seats flopped forward. 

Conventional basic safety equipment incorporates automatic unexpected emergency braking and GTIs supply adaptive cruise handle. The Golf has performed well in crash assessments, albeit with a few blemishes that have retained it from earning big awards.