2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Roanoke VA

Red 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI parked in front of city

We all know the Golf is practical but is that really why it has become a favorite for Volkswagen fans? Yes and no. It’s the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI that gets Roanoke VA motorists revved up for the new model year. This hatchback is the first to earn the hot hatch title, and it continues to hold its own despite the fact that other automakers are only just now catching on. Volkswagen, on the other hand, hasn’t stopped enhancing this subtle-but-speedy car.

Getting right into it, we know your biggest question is going to be about what the performance specs look like. We’re happy to announce that the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine has received some fine-tuning to deliver 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Paired with it is a standard six-speed manual transmission or the available dual-clutch six-speed DSG automatic.

2018 VW Golf GTI features

You already know that the 2018 VW Golf GTI excels when it comes to its performance specs, but what about features? The model has a fresh lineup of three value-oriented trim levels, the S, SE and Autobahn.

Standard features in the S trim include LED foglights, DRLs and taillights, Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth with audio streaming, a rearview camera system, driving mode selection, a performance monitor, Clark Plaid cloth upholstery, heated front seats and a 6.5-inch touchscreen.

These standard features may sound appealing, but it’s well worth upgrading to a higher trim for a few key reasons. When it comes to performance, the SE and Autobahn trims both have the same larger vented disc brakes that can be found in the Golf R, along with the torque-sensing limited-slip VAQ differential. You’ll also find more in the way of driver assistance features, plus an 8-inch touchscreen system.

Do you think it’s finally time to drive the hot hatch you’ve been dreaming of? We think so too. Stop by First Team Volkswagen to take the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI for a test drive.

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Blue and Silver 2018 Volkswagen Golf models
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