2021 Volkswagen Golf

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2021 Volkswagen Golf Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: April 20, 2021

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The 2021 Volkswagen Golf features minor changes from the 2020 model and comes with a starting price of $23,195. The 2021 Golf hatchback retains the same 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 2021 Golf comes with a manual transmission as standard and the automatic transmission will cost you an extra $800. The 2021 Golf GTI gets the slightly more powerful 2.0-liter Inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engine at an MSRP of $29,590.

 The Golf R is expected to launch by the end of 2021 with a more powerful 315 hp engine. The 2021 Golf features minor changes to the interior with an updated infotainment system and other key features. With a major overhaul scheduled for the coming year. The 2021 Volkswagen Golf rivals the likes of Honda Civic Hatchback, Hyundai Veloster, and the Toyota Corolla.

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Pros

Fun to drive

Punchy performance

Large cargo area

Well calibrated transmission, improves fuel efficiency, performance and lower emissions

Cons

Harsh ride quality due to stiff suspension

Smaller center console

High maintenance than rivals

What's New?

The 2021 VW Golf will introduce minor cosmetic updates in the interior and exterior.


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23195

bodystyle

4dr Hatchback

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

85

horsepower

147 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

184 lb.-ft.. @ 1400 rpm

transmission

6-speed Manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

11.3/10.7

dimensions

wheelbase

103.8 in.

length

167.6 in.

width

70.8 in.

height

58.2 in.

curb weight

2963 lbs.

ground clearance

5.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

53.7 cu ft.

maximum towing capacity

3500

payload

1021

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.6 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

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2021 Volkswagen Golf Detailed Review video

Trims

Base $23,195 onwards

147 hp @ 5000 rpm | 1.4 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 16" silver Aluminum Wheels
  • 1st Row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • AM/FM Stereo, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming
  • Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Keyless Access w/ Push-Button Start
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED Tailghts
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Sliding & Tilting Glass Sunroof
  • V-Tex Leatherette Seat Trim
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Colors and Styles

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Deep Black Pearl

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.3

Engine And Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

9.9

Interior

9.9

Exterior

8.7

Safety

9.0

Competition

9.3

9.2

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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"Yet the Golf has the high-quality feel and sporty driving manners of a much more expensive European car." - Kelley Blue Book

Volkswagen Golf is known for its punchier fun to drive nature, although it is not as mightier as the GTI trim it still pushes the thrill on the roads. Over the past few years, it has remained one of the most recognizable and iconic cars in the world. Powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4 cylinder engine the Golf churns out 147 hp which is 90 hp less than the Golf GTI the vehicle does its duty well.

The 2021 Volkswagen Golf can get from 0-60 mph in just 7.6 seconds. If you want more power the much-awaited Golf R is expected to launch by the end of 2021 with a 315 hp engine. The VW Golf comes with a starting price of $23,195 while lease options start from $329 per month for 39 months with a $0 down payment and $0 due at signing.

2021 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback front 3 quarter view
2021 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback rear 3 quarter view

8.3/10
Pricing and Features

9.9/10
Engine and Performance

9.9/10
Fuel Economy

9.9/10
Interior

8.7/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

9.3/10
Competition


2021 Volkswagen Golf Pricing and Features

8.3/10

The Volkswagen Golf TSI and the race track-oriented VW Golf GTI are the only available trims now. The one we are reviewing here is the VW Golf TSI that hosts a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It comes standard with many features like a multifunction steering wheel, keyless access, and many more. The Golf TSI gets a front-wheel-drive system costing $23,195 for the manual transmission and $23,995 for the automatic transmission. The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI starts at an MSRP of  $29,590 and comes with a 2.0-liter Inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Trim

Golf TSI

MSRP (MT) (FWD)

$23,195

MSRP (AT) (FWD)

$23,995

Key Features

6.5-inch glass Touchscreen Display

 

Keyless access with push-button start

 

SiriusXM All Access

 

VW Car-Net Security

 

Adaptive Cruise Control

 

Rear Traffic Alert

 

60/40 Split-folding rear seats

 

Automatic Post Collision Braking System

 

Seven Stability-enhancing Systems

Two different variants are available for the Golf, one is mated with manual transmission and the other is mated with automatic transmission, it is totally one choice to go with whatsoever trim while both offer punchier performance with the well-calibrated transmission unit. However, the automatic version is fuel-efficient but does not offer an engaging drive like the manual unit.


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The car has only 2 trims to offer and the only difference between the two is the transmission, one is manual and the other is automatic, so it’s totally one's choice to choose the trim they want. The powerful turbocharged engine does give the 2021 Golf a little excitement to drive. It also packs many features like Adaptive cruise control, rear traffic alert, VW car-net security, and all safety features that a hatchback can have at this price point.

 

2021 Volkswagen Golf Engine and Performance

9.9/10

"Unlike its sportier fraternal twin—the zippy GTI—the regular Golf boasts a compliant ride that won't grow tiresome during long drives or on rough pavement." - Car and Driver

Powering the Golf is a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that produces a decent amount of power. The 2020 model of the Golf is having an fwd setup and uses a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic transmission; the same will be continued in the 2021 variant too. Coming to the power it produces, this engine delivers 147 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque. The hatchback has decent figures of power and torque output, however, the performance-oriented GTI trim adds 90 more horses from the turbocharged 2.0L engine, which is all you need for zippy performance. However, still, the TSI feels punchy to drive, and most importantly it gets the work done.

Models

2021 Volkswagen Golf

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback

2021 Hyundai Veloster

2021 Toyota Corolla 

MSRP

$23,195

$21,650

$18,900

$22,290

Engine

1.4L turbocharged inline four-cylinder

1.5L turbocharged inline four-cylinder

2.0L Inline Four-Cylinder

2.0L inline four-cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed Manual

6-speed Manual

6-speed manual w/od, 7-speed auto w/od manual

6-Speed Manual with OVERDRIVE

Power

147 hp @ 5,000 rpm

174 hp @ 6,000 rpm

147 hp @6,200 rpm

169 hp @ 6,600 rpm

Torque

184 lb-ft @ 1,400 rpm

162 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

151 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

0-60 (seconds)

7.6 

8.2 

8.8

8.3 

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.9 

14.7 

16.6

16.4 

Top Speed (MPH)

139 

125

120

112 

60-0 (feet)

129 

115 

N/A

125 

The Golf is the one with the smallest engine in the segment and also the one which produces the least power however the torque figures of the Golf are the highest. The Honda Civic is the most powerful in the segment. Higher torque figures at lower rpm translate to sprint and punchier acceleration. The Volkswagen Golf sprints from 0-60 mph in just 7.6 seconds and crosses the quarter-mile mark in 15.9 seconds. Being not so good in terms of performance and engine power output these figures are far better than all its close rivals. 

2021 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback accelerate 0-60 mph in 7.6 sec

The Volkswagen Golf has got disc brakes on all 4 wheels. The braking performance of this car won’t disappoint anyone when on an open road. The feel of the pedals are nice and they feel sure-footed at all times too. Being the lightest vehicle in the segment the Golf takes the lead in terms of the fastest car in the segment. None in the competition cross the 8-second mark. Coming to the braking part the brake is least powerful and takes the longest to come to a halt.


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2021 Volkswagen Golf Fuel Economy

9.9/10

This 1.4-liter turbocharged engine has an EPA estimated 29/36/32 mpg city/highway/combined with the automatic. The 2021 Golf hatchback has a fuel tank capacity of 13.2 gallons and it will give you about 416 miles of driving when on a full tank and with the automatic variant. The manual variant comes with an EPA estimated 29/39/33 mpg city/highway/combined. 

Models

2021 Volkswagen Golf

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback

2021 Hyundai Veloster

2021 Toyota Corolla 

MPG (City)

29

31

27

28

MPG (Highway)

36

40

34

37

MPG (Combined)

32

34

30

33

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

13.2 

12.4 

13.2 

13.2 

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

382/475/416

359/434/396

356.4/448.8/396.0

369/488/409

The Honda Civic Hatchback and the VW Golf perform the best in terms of fuel economy. The Civic edges out the Golf with a 34 mpg combined. The Hyundai Veloster has the worst fuel economy in the range with a fuel economy of 27/34/30 mpg city/highway/combined. 

2021 Volkswagen Golf Interior

9.9/10

"Plain but comfortable and functional, the Golf's interior perfectly embodies VW's design ethos." - Car and Driver

The interior of the 2021 VW Golf comes standard with a lot of features and the interior is a meritable point of the Golf. The major highlight of the interior is the use of touchpads instead of buttons, even the climate and volume controls have got the touchpad underneath the infotainment screen. This new update in the car has fewer buttons and is bound to raise a mixed response. The 2021 Golf also comes with a heated, leather-curved, and engaging steering wheel, V-Tex Leatherette upholstery. There are not any additional packages that the brand provides to choose from to make the interior more class or premium.

2021 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback Cockpit

Seating in this hatchback is a bit of work, fitting 3 adults in the rear will prove to be uncomfortable over long distances, legroom is quite generous in the front and the seating in the front is also comfortable as the credit goes to the multi-way manually-adjustable front seats with lumbar support, also the seats come heated to make your chilly day warm. The visibility from the driver seat is adequate and the massive doors of the 2021 Golf provide hassle-free ingress and egress. The 2021 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback offers decent space on the inside but lacks behind the competition because of its small size.

Models

2021 Volkswagen Golf

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback

2021 Hyundai Veloster 

2021 Toyota Corolla 

Seating Capacity

5

5

4

5

Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.4/55.9/41.2

39.3/56.9/42/3

36.9/56.0/42.6

38.4/53.9/42.0

Rear (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.1/53.9/35.6

37.4/55.0/36.0

35.9/54.3/34.1

37.6/54.5/29.9

Trunk Space (cu-ft)     17.4 11.9 19.9 13.1

The interior dimensions and seating capacity of the car have upgraded, the car stands head-to-head with its competition. It is more spacious than the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla as it has got 22.8 cubic feet of trunk. The Volkswagen Golf has now got a whole touch screen and opened up many arrays to a detailed infotainment system. The infotainment comes with both 8” and 10” touch screens. The car has also got an amazing voice assistance system features the 10” screen comes with Alexa and also Volkswagen's “Hello Volkswagen”. 

2021 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback infotainment screen

Apart from offering full smartphone iteration from standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the car is not that entertaining in the infotainment system. The car offers HD radio and one USB-C input and a six-speaker audio system is equipped in the car and as well as Bluetooth 

Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • Android and iOS App connect feature
  • Bluetooth technology with audio streaming
  • USB-C port
  • 8” touchscreen display
  • AM/FM
  • Car-Net hotspot.

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2021 Volkswagen Golf Exterior

8.7/10

Golf is one of the dependable and conservative hatchbacks in the industry, it looks different from the Mk7 but in the end, it’s Golf only. However the car has not got any obvious changes, starting with the car’s new front fascia, the new matrix LED headlights which come with 22 individual LEDs per headlight.

2021 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

It is a Golf only but looks closely and one can notice a new wheel design, a new C-pillar plus, and coming to the rear there is a pair of new angular IQ headlights. The car also gets 16-inches alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof as standard; however, the 16-inch alloys put the car behind the competition as the rivals of the Golf offer 18-inch alloys as standard on higher trims. 

Models

2021 Volkswagen Golf

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback

2021 Hyundai Veloster

2020 Toyota Corolla 

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,939 

2,901 

2,855

3,060 

Length (inches)

167.6

177.9

166.9

172.0

Width (inches)

70.8

70.8

70.9

70.5

Height (inches)

58.2

56.5

55.1

57.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.4

5.1

5.6

5.1

Wheelbase (inches)

103.8

106.3

104.3

103.9

The Golf is the lightest with the shortest and tall compact in the list. VW has got decent ground clearance and beats w of its competition except for the Hyundai Veloster. There is a phrase that is mostly used for the Volkswagen Golf is “The Toy Car” the car is designed in a way that many think this car looks like a toy car however it is surely not.


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2021 Volkswagen Golf basic Hatchback rear three quarter view

2021 Volkswagen Golf Safety

9.0/10

The NHTSA awarded the 2020 VW Golf with a 5-star overall safety rating and when tested by IIHS, it scored top marks of good in five out of 6 categories. VW has now made all safety features standard which was earlier optional.

2021 Volkswagen Golf Driver Assistance Feature

Some of the standout safety features are as follows:

  • Dual front and front side airbags, front and rear curtain airbags
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
  • Intelligent Crash Response System
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring

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2021 Volkswagen Golf Competition

9.3/10

2021 Volkswagen Golf vs 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback

The Honda Civic is more comfortable and provides more cargo space than the Golf, but the Golf provides better performance and is quicker than the Civic. Also, the handling and driving dynamics of the Golf are better than the Civic. Both are offered at nearly the same price but the Golf provides more value for money.

2021 Honda Civic Hatchback

2021 Volkswagen Golf vs 2021 Hyundai Veloster

The 2021 Golf is more expensive than the 2021 Hyundai Veloster. The Golf stands out with its better fuel economy and more room inside the cabin. The Golf also offers a much better warranty package than the Hyundai. The Hyundai Veloster is more compact than the Golf and there is less space inside the cabin. 

2021 Hyundai Veloster Hatchback

2021 Volkswagen Golf vs 2021 Toyota Corolla

While having more power than the VW Golf, the Toyota Corolla comes at the cost of a stiffer ride which fiddles the driving dynamics and offers average handling when compared to that of the Golf. Providing the least luggage space takes the term “Practicality” from the Corolla. Being offered at an expensive price than that of the Toyota Corolla the Golf is a better choice.

2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

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2021 Volkswagen Golf Final Verdict

The 2021 Volkswagen Golf car is affordable and practical too. Even though it’s a bit more expensive at a price of $23,195, it surely is value for money. However, in some departments, It does not perform as well as the competition. The 2021 Golf looks amazing from the outside. The brand has made it more charismatic. Overall the Golf is surely a better choice than the competition. But for those who want the excitement, you will be better suited for the Golf GTI.

 

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What is the warranty on offer for the 2021 Volkswagen Golf? 

The 2021 Volkswagen Golf comes with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. It also features a powertrain warranty which is for 4 years or 50,000 miles and complimentary maintenance applicable for 2 years or 20,000 miles. 

How much does the 2021 Volkswagen Golf cost?

The Golf TSI gets a front-wheel-drive system costing $23,195 for the manual transmission and $23,995 for the automatic transmission. The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI starts at an MSRP of  $29,590 and comes with a 2.0-liter Inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engine.

What are the MPG figures for the 2021 Volkswagen Golf?

The 2021 Golf has an EPA estimated 29/36/32 mpg city/highway/combined with the automatic. The manual variant comes with an EPA estimated 29/39/33 mpg city/highway/combined.

Which engine does the 2021 Volkswagen Golf come with?

The 2021 Volkwagen Golf hatchback comes with the same 1.4-liter turbocharged engine which produces 147 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque. 

Is buying a used Volkswagen Golf a good idea?

Buying one used VW Golf vehicle requires deep knowledge about the vehicle. A fishy deal can land you up with overall costs similar to a new vehicle. 

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Susan V. Lepley

2021 Volkswagen Golf

4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 6M)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 24, 2021

Golf

Pros - The design, backup reverse sensor

Cons - Acceleration speed, control, throttle speed

If you ask me, its a perfect buy The best handling hatch I?e ever driven. Period. It feels like a proper fast hatchback although i got the less powerful variant but it still gets the job done for me. The brakes are on point and stops on a dime at any given moment. Rewinding satellite radio. The one and the only thing I care about. This is quiet comfortable along with being very spacious and roomy! I like the curves in the rear and the sleek body lines on the side. The safety features are pretty much the usual ones. The car is very reliable and I never feel like it will ever let me down. Happy with what I paid. Brianna made the entire buying pricess hasslefree.

7/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Robert L. Sorenson

2021 Volkswagen Golf

4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 8A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 24, 2021

2021 Golf

Pros - The smoothness of the drive, the backup camera, the size

Cons - The sensitivity of the brakes, quality of Bluetooth connection, the complexity of settings

A pretty good, safe, reliable vehicle It the perfect drivers car, smooth yet powerful. The suspensions are also great which protects us from bouncing on frequent bumps while it still keeps all the wheels stick to the ground for best traction possible . The handling of Golf is the only part that you going to appreciate when ever you floor the pedal. The rear camera is of high quality. Very spacious and comfortable. The seats are well cushioned and are supportive. The infotainment is easy to use and supports Apple Carplay, the speaker system is good too. It has great exterior styling. It looks stylish and sleek. Efficient and standard safety functionalities across all variants. Excels in almost all conditions. For the price of the car, it been great so far. In an out experience and no nonsense whatsoever kind

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
9/10
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Nina G. Kratz

2021 Volkswagen Golf

Automaticbahn 4dr Hatchback AWD (2.0L 4cyl 7A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 24, 2021

VW Golf

Pros - Easy to drive, all-weather mats for the floor, adaptive cruise control

Cons - Nothing

Definitely a good vehicle to buy. Sure, it has some flaws but what doesn! It drives great with very smooth acceleration and is also easy to handle at all speeds. Yes this is not the best fuel efficient hatch you can buy, if you need better mpg than you can go for the smaller dispacement engine which is a 1.4L unit. The speakers are really good. As one expects from a car of this category, the interior is spacious, airy, and noisy inside. The sleek outside design makes this look like a beast on the streets. The seatbelts are decent and very secure. This car does well in all types of weather conditions because of the AWD. It is definitely worth it. I've always found car buying as one hectic and tiring job. This one was nice

6/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
8/10
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Used Volkswagen Golf for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2021 Volkswagen Golf 2 $17,995 12 Listings
2020 Volkswagen Golf 1 $16,498 27 Listings
2019 Volkswagen Golf 7 $12,956 95 Listings
2018 Volkswagen Golf 8 $11,280 78 Listings
2017 Volkswagen Golf 14 $8,990 213 Listings
2016 Volkswagen Golf 15 $5,491 110 Listings
2015 Volkswagen Golf 25 $4,995 183 Listings
2014 Volkswagen Golf 5 $5,998 30 Listings
2013 Volkswagen Golf 11 $5,500 67 Listings
2012 Volkswagen Golf 12 $3,990 86 Listings
2011 Volkswagen Golf 15 $4,599 90 Listings

Top User Reviews

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User Overall Rating

Golf

If you ask me, its a perfect buy

by Susan V. Lepley

9

User Overall Rating

2021 Golf

A pretty good, safe, reliable vehicle

by Robert L. Sorenson

8

User Overall Rating

VW Golf

Definitely a good vehicle to buy. Sure, it has some flaws but what doesn!

by Nina G. Kratz

8

User Overall Rating

Sporty

Its peppy, its fast, its agile, and its nimble.

by Rodney S. Burbach

9

User Overall Rating

The best car I have ever driven

This is the perfect little car. It has great handeling in a sporty package with enough room for my whole family.

by Casey H

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