2015 Volkswagen Golf

Buyer's Guide

NEW FOR 2015:

- All new model.

At last, Volkswagen’s critically acclaimed seventh-generation Golf has arrived on Canadian shores. In production globally since late 2012, the world-beating Golf arrives fit to compete in the crowded and highly competitive compact class — and it’s been well worth the wait.

The Golf rides on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, which is simultaneously lighter and stronger than the outgoing model. It’s shared with the Audi A3 and the upcoming TT sports car, as well as the second-generation Tiguan. Power for most three-door and five-door models comes from a 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbo engine developing 170 hp. Five-door models can be had with an enhanced version of the venerable 2.0-litre four-cylinder TDI that makes 150 hp. The TSI gas model is paired to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, while the TDI uses six-speed manual and dual-clutch gearboxes. The high-performance GTI is also back for 2015, but it's covered in a separate report.

Having learned its lessons from the Jetta, Volkswagen has put great effort into instilling the Golf with a premium driving experience. The smartly styled cabin is spacious, and the Golf is as good to drive as it’s ever been thanks to nicely weighted steering, standard XDS cross differential, and a supple ride. Gas models receive a fully independent rear suspension setup, while TDI models use a more compact torsion beam design to accommodate the AdBlue exhaust treatment tank.

The Golf three-door is available exclusively in Trendline trim; the five-door hatch can be had in Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline trims.

Features on the Trendline three-door hatchback include body colour mirrors with integrated turn signals, power heated mirrors, body colour bumpers, chrome grille, rear spoiler, variable cargo load floor, 15-inch alloy wheels, intermittent front and rear wipers, air conditioning, alarm, armrest with storage compartment, rear armrest, two 12-volt power outlets, floor mats, cargo cover, trip computer, remote keyless entry, illuminated vanity mirrors, 5.8-inch touchscreen display audio system with AM/FM/CD/satellite radio, SD card reader, MDI media device interface (iPod connectivity) and eight speakers, eight-way manually adjustable front seats, easy-entry for access to rear seats, 60/40 split folding rear seat, tilt and telescoping steering column, locking glove box, Bluetooth, cloth upholstery, Dark Aluminum interior trim, power windows, and rear air vents.

Cold Weather Package adds heated washer nozzles and heated seats.

Cruise Control Package adds cruise control and leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel.

Trendline five-door hatchback adds illuminated glove box, power mirrors, heated front seats, partial power seat (six-way manual, power recline).

Cruise Control Package adds cruise control and leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel.

Comfortline adds 16-inch wheels, cruise control, reverse camera, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, shift knob, and handbrake grip, leatherette upholstery, and fog lights.

Convenience Package adds panoramic sunroof, automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone climate control, and automatic headlamps.

Multimedia Package adds eight-speaker 400-watt Fender stereo system, navigation, and adaptive bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights.

Highline adds 17-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, LED map lights, interior ambient lighting, KESSY proximity key with push-button start, 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat, sports seats, leather upholstery, matte chrome interior trim, automatic high beams, panoramic sunroof, and rain-sensing wipers.

Multimedia Package adds eight-speaker 400-watt Fender stereo system, navigation, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights, and forward collision warning.

2015 Volkswagen Golf Specifications

There are 14 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $24,495 MSRP
6.5
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
150 hp @3500 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Hatchback
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
3dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline $18,995 5 Hatchback
3dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline 170 hp @4500 rpm 200 ft-lb @1600 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
3dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline 167.5" 70.5" 57.2" 103.8"
3dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline
3dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline Cloth Seats
3dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline
3dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline $19,995 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline 170 hp @4500 rpm 200 ft-lb @1600 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline Cloth Seats
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Trendline
3dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline $20,395 5 Hatchback
3dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline 170 hp @4500 rpm 200 ft-lb @1600 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
3dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline 167.5" 70.5" 57.2" 103.8"
3dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline
3dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline Cloth Seats
3dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline
3dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline $21,395 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline 170 hp @4500 rpm 200 ft-lb @1600 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline Cloth Seats
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Trendline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Comfortline $22,895 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Comfortline 170 hp @4500 rpm 200 ft-lb @1600 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Comfortline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Comfortline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Comfortline Premium Synthetic Seats
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Comfortline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Comfortline
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Trendline $23,095 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Trendline 150 hp @3500 rpm 236 ft-lb @1750 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Trendline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Trendline
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Trendline Cloth Seats
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Trendline
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Trendline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Comfortline $24,295 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Comfortline 170 hp @4500 rpm 200 ft-lb @1600 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Comfortline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Comfortline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Comfortline Premium Synthetic Seats
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Comfortline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Comfortline
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Trendline $24,495 5 Hatchback
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Trendline 150 hp @3500 rpm 236 ft-lb @1750 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Trendline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Trendline
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Trendline Cloth Seats
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Trendline
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Trendline
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Comfortline $25,395 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Comfortline 150 hp @3500 rpm 236 ft-lb @1750 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Comfortline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Comfortline
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Comfortline Premium Synthetic Seats
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Comfortline
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Comfortline
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Comfortline $26,795 5 Hatchback
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Comfortline 150 hp @3500 rpm 236 ft-lb @1750 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Comfortline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Comfortline
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Comfortline Premium Synthetic Seats
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Comfortline
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Comfortline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Highline $28,495 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Highline 170 hp @4500 rpm 200 ft-lb @1600 rpm 5-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Highline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Highline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Highline Leather Seats
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Highline
5dr HB Man 1.8 TSI Highline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Highline $29,895 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Highline 170 hp @4500 rpm 200 ft-lb @1600 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Highline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Highline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Highline Leather Seats
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Highline
5dr HB Auto 1.8 TSI Highline
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Highline $30,995 5 Hatchback
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Highline 150 hp @3500 rpm 236 ft-lb @1750 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Highline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Highline
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Highline Leather Seats
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Highline
5dr HB Man 2.0 TDI Highline
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Highline $32,395 5 Hatchback
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Highline 150 hp @3500 rpm 236 ft-lb @1750 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Highline 167.5" 70.8" 57.2" 103.8"
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Highline
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Highline Leather Seats
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Highline
5dr HB DSG 2.0 TDI Highline

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Owner Reviews: 2015 Volkswagen / Golf

Average Rating

2008 Volkswagen Golf

Trim: R32
by FootballManager on 10-12-2012
Fabulous car...simply fabulous
Granted you don't get this car in Canada but I had the pleasure of an Euro Spec one for 2 months straight. Drove it everyday and enjoyed it to the fullest. The DSG is phenomenal. The 4Motion system doesn't let you forget that it's a front-biased vehicle but you won't need such extreme performance on regular roads unless you want to rack up tickets and insurance rates. The interior, like Audis is brilliantly done. Feels like being in a truly luxury-sports car. Fuel economy in sport mode is terrible. And like most Golfs there's a ton of space at the back.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
3/5
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2008 Volkswagen Golf

Trim: GOLF CITY 2.0L 4DR HB
by IvanTrader on 10-12-2012
Great car for city driving
I've had this vehicle for 4 years on lease and it was a great car to drive by myself or with my family of 4. It's also very good for shopping even large furniture items (I've carried everything in it from desks and beds to hardwood flooring and tiles).
It's exceptional on gas. The ride is comfortable and even a bit sporty because of the type of suspension. It's perfect for a familty of 3 or even 4 (if the kids are small), however as the kids get older more room will be required.
Interior design, although basic - meets the needs. One thing's for sure - it's a very reliable automobile.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
5/5
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2012 Volkswagen Golf

Trim: TDI
by Michael_Imbleau on 10-12-2012
Great little 407 Commuter Car
I drove this car for a few days to and from work to see if it would work for me as a commuter car. I was pleasantly surprised. The person who leant it to me told me the Turbo Diesel was great on gas, and they didn’t lie. I was getting 5.9L/100km on the 407 (read driving fast). So I expected great mileage, but didn’t expect how well the car would actually handle. For such a small car, and being a diesel, I wasn’t expecting the torque at high speeds. I have to say it actually had the power and performance of a much sportier car, without any whine or vibrations. The interior was also better than I had expected. The Bluetooth interface for the phone was easy to setup, and very intuitive. There were some drawbacks. The 2 gas stations closest to my work don’t have diesel. When slowing to a stop, I found the engine would engage, and slow the car quicker and jerkier than I expected (which took some getting used to). Overall I would have bought this car if it weren’t for the fact that a used one is nearly the same price as a new one. I guess some people see that as a benefit, but I’m always looking for a deal.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
2/5
Reliability
5/5
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