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2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI

Contrary to what you may have assumed, the Volkswagen Golf was not named after the sport. Rather, when the car was being developed as the successor to the Beetle, "Golf," which is German for "Gulf," was meant to pay homage to the Gulf Stream, a powerful and swift Atlantic Ocean current. Volkswagen did eventually start to play on the shared nomenclature of the car's name and the sport when the product hit the global market (note the dimpled shift knob). But, this little anecdote exemplifies something that has always been true about the small hatchback: There's more to it than meets the... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
Turbo 1.8L I4
Power:
170 HP / 200 LB-FT
Transmission:
5-Speed Manual
Base Price:
$20,095
As-Tested Price:
$21,815
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    First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf TSI
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