The 2015 Volkswagen Golf is about to hit the shores of America, and now we know the official base price for the seventh-generation hatchback: $17,995 plus $820 destination charge.
Like plenty of cars, the new-gen Golf is longer and wider than before (overall length has increased by 2.1 inches and width has gained 0.5 inches, although height has decreased by 1.1 inches), although weight is down by almost 80 pounds. The base motor is the tried-and-true 1.8L TSI direct-injection turbo-four with 170 horsepower, which has decent oomph while running on Regular fuel. Standard transmission is a five-speed manual although for $1,100 a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic can be chosen. You can also choose a 2.0L TDI four-cylinder turbo-diesel with 150 hp, which comes with a six-speed manual standard or the DSG optional. In other words, the entire Golf lineup has turbos.
The gas model comes in five trim levels: Launch Edition, S, S with sunroof, SE, and SEL; the diesel comes as base, SE, and SEL.
Of special note is the Golf Sport, a TDI SE five-door equipped loaded with standard DSG and other deluxe options, body kit, and Pure White or Platinum Gray exterior choices. Only 650 will be built at $26,930 plus $820 destination charge.