Changes for the 2014 Volkswagen Golf:
Volkswagen is about to debut a completely redesigned Golf model, so for the abbreviated 2014 model year, the Golf is sold only as a 5-door hatchback model in 2.5 and TDI model series. The car's Carefree Maintenance plan is reduced for 2014, covering scheduled maintenance for two years/24,000 miles instead of three years/36,000 miles.
Highlights from the Golf 2.5 model’s standard equipment list include air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, power door locks, remote keyless entry, a trip computer, and cruise control. The driver’s seat offers a manual seat height adjuster, and the steering wheel provides tilt/telescopic adjustment to help provide a proper driving position. Upgrading to the 2014 VW Golf TDI adds a fuel-efficient turbo-diesel engine plus standard Bluetooth connectivity, a touchscreen infotainment system, HD Radio, heated front seats, fog lights, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
Both Golf models include free schedule maintenance for the first 2 years or 24,000 miles of ownership. The Golf 2.5 can be equipped with an optional power sunroof, while Volkswagen reserves a navigation system, a premium sound system, and keyless passive entry with push-button starting for the Golf TDI variant.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder engine is standard for the 2014 Golf 2.5, and it is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Upgrade to the Golf TDI, and the car gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel engine developing 140 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. The TDI models offer a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automated manual transmission.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
The EPA gives the 2014 Golf 2.5 a fuel economy rating of 26 mpg in combined driving, while the Golf TDI is rated to get 34 mpg in combined driving, regardless of transmission choice.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not performed crash tests for the 2014 Golf. Last year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety called the car a “Top Safety Pick,” but had not assessed its performance in the tough new small overlap frontal-impact test.
A touchscreen infotainment system and Bluetooth are optional for the Golf 2.5 and standard for the Golf TDI. The TDI can also be equipped with navigation, a premium audio system, and a keyless passive entry system with push-button starting.
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