Obtain the midlevel SE trim. The SE includes a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t be concerned about a stiff ride, although SE continues to be relatively comfortable on the road. The SE can be a great bargain considering all the safety and tech equipment you get for the money. Finally, the SE is available with a wide range of options, in order to pick and choose those that are right for the budget.
Crossover SUVs may be most of the rage, but there’s still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the Volkswagen Golf First Drive. Coming off a redesign just last year, the Volkswagen Golf First Drive is really a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with a lot of standard safety equipment and a lot of options to select from.
As has been the case for a time, you can get the Volkswagen Golf First Drive with a four-cylinder engine or perhaps a more powerful V6, or you can get the miserly Volkswagen Golf First Drive Hybrid. On the highway, the Volkswagen Golf First Drive is comfortable and compliant. Volkswagen Golf First Drive also offers two sporty versions that infuse the Volkswagen Golf First Drive with a bit of extra personality. Inside, the Volkswagen Golf First Drive offers a simple yet feature-packed cabin, especially if you opt for one of many upper trim levels. There are lots of options to select from across the way.
The Volkswagen Golf First Drive is as competent as they come. It’s well-priced generally, and modern feature content makes it supremely easy to drive. If you’re trying to find something with a bit more class and space than the usual small sedan, the Volkswagen Golf First Drive might you should be the sedan for you.
The Volkswagen Golf First Drive is the base trim. It includes a relatively light load of features which includes 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, navigation (GPS Scout Link), Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, one USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Standard on every Volkswagen Golf First Drive Safety Sense, which is a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.
On another rung up the ladder is the LE.It adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat and a car alarm. For a sporty dynamic, look at the SE.It adds a sport-tuned suspension, revised steering calibration, 18-inch wheels, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
You can consider the XLE and the XSE trim levels as versions of the LE and the SE, respectively, with a variety of additional comfort and convenience items. Highlights include larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a larger 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Most of the features on the upper trim levels could be put into the lower trim levels as options. Other notable options include a sunroof, a JBL audio system coupled with an integral navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the Volkswagen Golf First Drive stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the trunk seat is easy to fold down to suit longer items. You can find enough cabin storage options to create a lot of people happy. Loading an automobile seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good however, not stellar. The forward center console bin is perfect for concealing items but features a hard, slippery floor, so they really slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is just a decent size, and you will find modest door pockets in the leading and rear that are good for small water bottles only.
The Volkswagen Golf First Drive features a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles make it simple to expand the space. Loading groceries or luggage is helped out by the wide opening and a low liftover height.
Child safety seat accommodation
It’s super easy to mount a car seat, with obvious and readily available lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s room enough so your front seat will not need to be scooted completely forward.