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2014 Volkswagen Golf [w/video]

This Little VW Just Went Premium The fortunes of Volkswagen in the United States are moving steadily upward in direct correlation to how serious Wolfsburg has become about our market, a market it frankly neglected badly for about three full decades. The era of neglect is over now and the Germans are focusing especially hard on North American drivers who may have never owned a VW. For many in the US, a first Volkswagen will be either a Jetta or Passat, both of which have pretty good trunks. But we just drove this all-new seventh generation Golf and it needs to be on that same... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
2.0L TDI I4
Power:
146 HP / 236 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed DSG
MSRP:
$29,500 (as-tested, est.)
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    Beijing: Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept is your new favorite hot hatch [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: A previous version of this story listed the Golf R 400 Concept's top speed as 201 miles per hour. This is incorrect. The correct top speed is 174 mph and the story has been edited to reflect that. This, friends, is what happens when you shoehorn 395 horsepower into a Golf. You get a three-door hatch that will happily scurry to 62 miles per hour ...

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    Official: Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept is an even hotter hatch
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    Several years ago, Volkswagen showed up at the annual Wörthersee expo with what could only be described as a concept worthy of pants-wetting excitement – at least, for hot hatch enthusiasts like me. What VW had done was shoehorn its twin-turbocarged, 6.0-liter W12 engine behind a Golf GTI's front seats, creating the GTI W12 650 – a car ...

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    Report: VW may not bring diesel Golf GTD to US after all
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    There is some bad news for hot hatch fans who also love efficiency. The chances of the Volkswagen Golf GTD coming to the US are increasingly slim, according to an interview with Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn in Automotive News. Horn says that the model would cost too much to import from Germany. Cue the sad trombone. "The GTD would be a ...

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    Teased: Volkswagen previews even hotter Golf R 400 concept
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    This week in New York, Volkswagen had a new production car to unveil in the updated Jetta as well as a new concept in the Golf TDI SportWagen. But at the Beijing Motor Show later this week it'll have even more to showcase. In addition to the refreshed Touareg and Midsize Coupé Concept, VW will present its Golf R 400 concept at the Chinese auto ...

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    Official: 2015 VW GTI promises next-level Fahrvergn├╝gen for $24,395*
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    It's taken Volkswagen a little while to finally introduce the seventh-generation GTI to the United States. However, it's finally happening, and even better, VW is finally spilling the beans on the features and pricing for the 2015 model. All new GTI models come with VW's EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 210 horsepower and 258 ...

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    Official: VW Golf TDI SportWagen concept is a taste of delicious things to come
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    Feast your eyes on the new longroof model of the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf – something we've already seen with Variant badging overseas. This concept (yes, it really is a concept) previews the next Golf SportWagen that will go on sale in the US in early 2015, and makes its official debut next week at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Why the ...

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    Tesla breaks 28-year-old monthly sales record in Norway
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    Someone may want to try to translate "Gigafactory this!" into Norwegian. Tesla Motors just set the all-time monthly sales record for a single model in Norway, The Wall Street Journal says, citing Norwegian transportation officials. And that's for any type of model, gas-powered or not. The California-based electric-vehicle maker, which is planning a ...

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    ETC: VW celebrates 40 years of playing Golf
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    On March 29, 1974, the very first Volkswagen Golf rolled down the assembly line. That little car has gone on to spawn seven generations, while the Golf name has become one of the models in the hotly contested compact segment, selling over 30 million units during its 40 years on sale. While we look forward to the seventh-generation Golf, which will spawn ...

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    Spy Shots: Are you a Volkswagen GTI Club Sport?
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    Volkswagen has been getting pretty racy with its development programs over the past few days. We're still excited about the possibilities offered up with the Golf R Wagon spy shots we caught a few days ago, and now we have a potentially hot new GTI variant to sink our teeth into. The unsubtle hot hatch seen here would appear to be some kind of stripped ...

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    Spy Shots: Volkswagen Golf R wagon promises to be fast and functional [w/poll]
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    Volkswagen's array of performance-oriented Golfs keeps getting bigger and bigger. What started with the GTI has since grown to include the diesel GTD, the hybrid GTE and the most powerful Golf R. But the additions haven't all come down to powertain. There's been cabrio versions of the GTI and Golf R as well, but before all is said and done, there will be ...

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    Official: VW confirms new TDI for second half of 2014 in Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle
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    Diesel lovers rejoice. Volkswagen is bringing the latest iteration of its 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine – dubbed the EA288 – to the 2015 model year Golf, Jetta, Passat, Beetle (2013 model pictured above) and Beetle Convertible, and the cars will be on sale in the second half of 2014. While it shares its moniker with the old diesel, ...

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    Geneva: Volkswagen Golf GTE is mean, green eco machine
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    I have this theory that keeps coming up when recommending new cars to people: "Just buy a GTI." Seriously. It's a perfect little hot hatch, with a comfortable, well-appointed interior, and the sort of dynamics that make it a nice everyday driver while still offering gobs of fun when the roads get interesting. It's basically the perfect car to me. But ...

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    Official: VW Golf GTE plugs in the GTI for guilt-free fun
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    It used to be that if you wanted a Golf-based hot hatch, you only had to know three letters: GTI. But these days, Volkswagen seems intent on offering a much broader array. There's the Golf R, the GTD and now this, the GTE. Set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show (now less than two weeks away), the new Golf GTE joins as the fifth type of propulsion to ...

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    Exclusive: VW Jetta refresh coming later this year, SportWagen to become Golf model
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    Volkswagen is finally set to launch its seventh-generation Golf family in the States this year, but the German automaker's stalwart Jetta sedan will be getting some love, as well. For the 2014 model year, Volkswagen launched a new 1.8-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine in its Jetta (and Passat). But here at the Chicago Auto Show, Vinay ...

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    Report: Europe's biggest car club scandalized by car of the year vote rigging
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    There's controversy in the ranks of Germany's Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (more commonly known as ADAC). The group's annual car of the year contest has come under fire after accusations of vote-rigging. ADAC has admitted that the number of votes for the Volkswagen Golf had been inflated, from 3,409 to 34,299, by the club's communications chief, ...

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    Report: VW planning hot, plug-in Golf GTE
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    Plug-in hybrids are gaining in popularity, with Ford, Toyota and Honda all offering vehicles fitted with the unique powertrains. But while cars like the Fusion Energi, Prius Plug-In and Accord Plug-In boast excellent economy numbers as they match the best assets of electric vehicles with traditional hybrids, they lack the zest and fun that some drivers ...

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    Official: VW begins Golf production in Mexico
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    After being announced a year ago, production of the Volkswagen Golf in the carmaker's plant in Puebla, Mexico has begun on the fiftieth anniversary of the company's official arrival in the country. It was 60 years ago that VW commenced exports to Mexico, formally making a home there on January 15, 1964 by establishing Volkswagen de Mexico as an importer. ...

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    Video: Watch what happens when angry elephant charges a VW
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    Wild animals regularly pose a threat to drivers. Here in Michigan, we worry about deer. In Colorado, the animals are a bit bigger (your author once saw a dead mountain lion on the side of the road outside of Telluride). Sweden, meanwhile, has to deal with moose. South Africa, though, trumps just about everywhere else, because occasionally drivers will ...

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    Motorsports: Andretti Autosport partners with Volkswagen for Global Rallycross season
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    Michael Andretti and Volkswagen have both been involved in Global Rallycross for a couple of years, but not together. Andretti Motorsports Marketing organized the final round of the 2012 GRC series in Las Vegas, and there were rumors then that Andretti was going to get in. Around the same time there were news reports that Volkswagen was preparing a 600-hp ...

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    Detroit: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R is an even hotter hatch
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    I had a lovely first date with the Volkswagen Golf R a couple of years ago, blasting through the French Alps just before attending the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. I loved that car, and I'm super stoked to get behind the wheel of this new, 2015 model. Why? This R is based on the lighter seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf, or more importantly, the sweet new ...

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