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This model year marks the introduction of the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf.

Keeping to the same formula that has given this compact hatchback a legion of loyal fans around the globe, at first glance it may be hard to tell the 2015 Golf apart from the 2014 Golf.

But that has always been the case when the Golf transitions from one generation to the next. Despite its familiar appearance, the changes inside and out are substantial. New engines, new technologies and added refinement define the 2015 Golf, and it’s good.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Volkswagen Golf Review

We liked it so much, it earned a spot as a finalist in the 2015 AutoGuide.com Car of Year awards. Having won over the editors at AutoGuide.com, it’s time for the Golf’s next challenge; winning over general consumers. To get a sample of what the car buying public thinks of the new Golf, we’ve once again enlisted Amanda, our general consumer car reviewer to get her impressions on the latest offering form Volkswagen.

The Specs

Three engines are offered in the new Golf, two turbocharged gasoline engines and one turbocharged diesel. The volume seller for the model line should be the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 170 HP and 199 lb-ft or torque. It can be matched to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

For evaluation, Amanda has a four-door Golf SEL with the 1.8 turbo engine and automatic transmission. Officially rated at 25 MPG city and 36 MPG highway, during her week with the car she was able to achieve a 31 MPG average.

Weighing in at 3,023 lbs., the Golf’s rear hatch can swallow 22.8 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats up and 52.7 cubic feet when they are folded down. Legroom in the back is average at best, offering just 35.6 inches.

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf starts at $18,185 after destination charges, while Amanda’s loaded up SEL model came in at $29,505 as tested.

Read more here: 2015 Volkswagen Golf Consumer Review - AutoGuide.com News
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