The 2021 Volkswagen Golf is a compact hatchback that rewards buyers with a great ride and athletic driving dynamics. Shoppers looking for Rancho Cucamonga Volkswagen dealerships tell us they love the Golf’s exceptional transmission choices. Buyers can choose a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic. There’s plenty of room for passengers and no shortage of space for storing cargo. These are just a few of the reasons the 2021 Golf was named an Editor’s Choice by Car and Driver.
Rancho Cucamonga area Volkswagen shoppers can get the 2021 Volkswagen Golf in one model, called TSI. Volkswagen manufactures a Golf GTI model, which we’re not covering in this review. Under the hood, the 2021 VW Golf gets a 1.4-liter turbo-four engine that generates 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, joined to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic. The Golf is only offered with front-wheel drive.
The 2021 Volkswagen Golf delivers outstanding fuel economy figures. EPA-estimated fuel economy is rated at 29 mpg city/39 mpg highway with the manual gearbox.* With the automatic, the Golf returns 29 mpg city/33 mpg highway.
The 2021 Golf gets high marks from the automotive media. Motor Trend writes: “First introduced in 1974, the Volkswagen Golf is an originator in the compact hatchback segment. The current seventh-generation Golf went on sale for 2015 and provides compact, versatile, affordable transportation. With millions of units sold, the Golf is a benchmark-setting vehicle.”
The driver and passengers will feel relaxed in the Golf’s comfortable seats, even on longer drives. Passengers in the rear get 35.6 inches of leg room, allowing them to stretch out and stay relaxed. With the rear seats in use, there’s 22.8 cubic feet of room for cargo. With the seats folded, there’s 52.7 cubic feet of space.
Standard features for the 2021 Golf include heated front seats, 16-inch alloy wheels, synthetic leather seating, air conditioning, push-button start, keyless entry/ignition, rain-sensing wipers, a panoramic sunroof, and heated windshield-washer nozzles. Also standard is a 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an audio system with six speakers, and a USB input.
Safety is important to buyers looking for a new family car. Volkswagen vehicles provide buyers with the confidence that comes with knowing the automaker produces its vehicles with safety at the forefront. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Volkswagen Golf its highest overall safety score of five stars.
Standard safety equipment includes forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, automatic post-collision braking, pedestrian monitoring and a rearview camera.
A vehicle’s warranty is an indication of whether the manufacturer stands by its cars. The 2021 Volkswagen Golf is protected by a 4-year/50,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. This warranty includes 2 years/20,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.