2016 Volkswagen Golf


After a ground-up redesign for 2015, the Golf continues with the following changes.

  • MIB II infotainment systems with USB across the lineup, VW Car-Net App-Connect (6.5-inch touchscreen) on all but base TSI (5-inch touchscreen)
  • Rearview camera standard on S models
  • Cloth seats on S models
  • SE models add Keyless access with push-button start
  • Updated Driver Assistance Package (available on SE and SEL models) includes: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Blind Spot Monitor w/ Rear Traffic Alert, Park Distance Control (Park Pilot), and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist)
  • TDI model removed for 2016

The seventh-generation version of Volkswagen’s best-selling car is bigger, lighter, more fuel-efficient, and even more versatile

  • Pricing starts at $17,995 for the two-door Golf Launch Edition model with manual transmission
  • First U.S.-market vehicle using the new MQB modular platform
  • Room for five with a larger trunk than any midsize sedan
  • New 1.8-liter TSI® engine gets 20 percent improvement in manufacturer estimated highway fuel economy over outgoing Golf 2.5L
  • Standard 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment center among new premium features
  • New advanced safety and available driver assistance features added to range


Model Line-up


The Golf S begins at $18,995 for the two-door model with five-speed manual transmission. An automatic transmission is available for an additional $1,100. The four-door automatic starts at $20,695. This model adds aluminum-alloy wheels; VW Car-Net® connected services; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; leather-wrapped handbrake, shifter knob, and multifunction steering wheel; and cruise control. Four-door models add partial power seats.

S with Sunroof

The Golf S with Sunroof, which is only available as a four-door model, starts at $20,995 with the manual transmission and is available with the six-speed automatic for $22,095. It adds a power tilt and slide panoramic sunroof to the S model’s extensive list of standard equipment. A Lighting Package becomes available at this trim level: for $995 it adds Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, ambient lighting with LED interior reading lights, and the Adaptive Front-lighting System. The $695 Driver Assistance Package adds a Forward Collision Warning system and front and rear Park Distance Control.

Pricing for the midrange Golf SE begins at $24,495. Available only in four-door, automatic transmission configuration, the SE includes all the features of the S and adds: 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; a cold weather package consisting of heatable front seats and heated front washer nozzles; rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers; automatic headlights; front foglights, a rearview camera; and the exclusive Fender Premium Audio System.
Building on the specifications and layout of the SE, the range-topping SEL starts at $26,995. The top Golf trim includes 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and adds Volkswagen’s latest-generation navigation system; Climatronic automatic air conditioning; Keyless access with push-button start; sport comfort seats with a 12-way power driver’s seat; and ambient lighting with LED interior reading lights.

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