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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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    Teased: Watch this doggone hilarious VW Golf ad
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    Official: Car and Driver lists 10Best for 2013, same as it ever was
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    Report: Volkswagen cuts sales projection by 140k for Europe
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