Wednesday, May 14, 2014

2015 Volkswagen Golf

2015 VW Golf TSI

Posted May 12th 2014 3:33PM

North America is about to be inundated with new Volkswagen Golf models. The new GTI hits dealers in June, and VW is following it up with the standard Golf and Golf TDI in August. The new hatchback kicks things off with a special Golf Launch Edition starting at $18,815, after an $820 destination charge.

While the latest VW still looks like a Golf, the seventh generation brings big changes – it's bigger than its predecessor in length and width, but weight is down as much as 79 pounds. The base engine is now the EA888 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder, mated to a five-speed manual or, for $1,100, a six-speed automatic. This engine offers up 170 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque and is 20-percent more efficient on the highway than the mill it replaces. The EA288 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder diesel has 150 hp and 236 lb-ft and is also available with either a six-speed manual or, again for a premium of $1,100, a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox.

VW certainly isn't skimping on trim levels for the new Golf. The TSI engine alone is available in five specs, plus three more for the TDI. The lineup starts with the Golf Launch Edition three-door with a five-speed manual and a standard 5.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and iPod integration. Above that is the Golf S for $19,815 (all prices including destination) or with a sunroof as a five-door for $21,895. The Golf SE five-door is $25,315 and comes with the automatic as standard. The top-spec Golf SEL five-door is $27,815 with features like standard navigation.

The TDI is only available as a five-door and starts at $22,815 for the TDI is with a manual. The TDI SE jumps to $26,315, and the top TDI SEL is $28,815 with the row-your-own transmission.

There is also the Golf Sport, which is limited to about 650 units for $27,750. It's based on the TSI SE five-door with a six-speed auto and comes standard with bi-xenon headlights, chrome exhaust tips, a body kit and the choice of Pure White or Platinum Gray exterior color.