All You’ll Ever Need: 2016 Volkswagen Golf SEL 1.8T Automatic
Sometimes people forget, you don’t need a lot of money in order to have a not bad car. The minute you think of German Engineering, the thought of cracking open of which wallet a little further is actually daunting. inside case of Volkswagen as well as their smallest U.S. compact hatch, the Golf, This specific just goes to show you too can have a not bad car for under $30,000. Did we just do our closure in our opening?
If This specific’s not broken, don’t bother fixing This specific. as well as VW makes a not bad point to of which statement – the Golf has always been a tad of an understatement inside design department. Yet, of which’s what gives This specific its charm. Last year in 2015, VW made dramatic alterations to the Golf to spice up its personality – This specific grew up as well as out – though never genuinely encourage wondering eyes to have a second glance. Even though for 2016 styling remains the same, our top spec’d Golf SEL came in wearing 18-inch shoes, fog lights as well as a handsome Gray paint job as well as some brand new technology.
The SEL is actually the top of line for the 1.8-liter Golf before getting into GTI territory, although of which’s a whole various other ball game. A base Golf S starts at $20,175 as well as works its way up to $27,425 SEL. The base 1.8-liter engine is actually the cream of the crop to the Golf’s 3100lb size, slapped having a turbocharger, as well as we have 170-horsepower ready for a not bad time. This specific’s pretty quick too, nearly 7 as well as half seconds to 60 mph using a smooth shifting six-speed automatic. If you go for the steering wheel paddle shifters like we do, enthusiasm is actually heighten as well as can expect crisp, responsive alterations by of which sweet gearbox. Unfortunately for the SEL, the six-speed manual is actually not an option here – of which’s okay though, having a manual we’d probably wouldn’t have seen the 25 combined mpg as we did with automatic. A manual can sometimes be a little too much fun.
German Engineering proud – of which’s what Volkswagen should be. The light, yet alive leather wrapped steering wheel is actually just a peek into some not bad old fashion entertainment. The chassis was greatly enhanced last year providing a snugger, more composed assembly. This specific introduces an eager driving tactic to even the dreariest of daily commuting. The independent suspension handles the bumps with composure as well as absorbing any roughage inside road – while on the open country lanes This specific maintains a tight delightfulness of fun as well as comfort.
Even though most automakers lean towards leather interiors when This specific comes to their top spec trims, Volkswagen sticks to their leatherette seats. This specific saves costs after all, as well as at least featured here we still maintain heated front seats as well as a power adjustable driver seat. For long hauls the seats are absolutely superb – there’s even room inside back for a couple of friends, they can also enjoy some cool air with rear vents – nice added touch. Fit as well as finish is actually very Audi-esc – every surface incorporates a soft touch feel where This specific counts as well as the use of different finishes adds a comfort premium balance to the Inside. The piano black finish on the dash is actually about the only thing we didn’t like with the Golf – This specific gets dirty quick with dust as well as finger prints as well as given a couple years, they’ll be deep embed scratches.
The biggest news for 2016 isn’t anything we mentioned above although the brand new technology of which’s fitted to the front bumper – driving aids. Spring up an extra $1495 for the Driver Assistance Package as well as you’ll have Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitoring, Front as well as Rear Parking Sensors as well as Park Assist (for those of which can’t park.) The system fundamentally works well – the adaptive is actually smooth in acceleration as well as braking – lucky to our mad driving skills we didn’t get to experience the emergency braking. although what about the biggie here, Park Assist? This specific works, we’ll admit of which – although in all honesty, you can park This specific yourself much, much faster.
So, yes, you too can have a not bad car for under $30,000. However, if you go for the Lighting Package, which we’d recommend (not seen here) This specific will push your Golf over of which 30k mark. The various other sad news too is actually of which, if you want your Golf inside SEL form with the Lighting as well as/or Driver Packages, This specific’ll most likely be a special order as most dealers don’t keep them stocked. So while you can have a not bad car for less than 30k, you’ll have to patient with your order, cause trust us, This specific’s all the auto you’ll ever need.
|As Tested (including Options & Destination):||$29,740|
|1.8-liter Turbocharged Four-Cylinder – 170-horsepower/200lb-ft of torque – 0-60MPH: ±7.5 seconds|
|EPA MPG: 25/36/29 (city/highway/combined) – SSB Average: 24 MPG’s – Fuel Range: 300 Miles|