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Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Compact Cars category. Currently the Volkswagen Golf has a score of 8.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 34 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Volkswagen Golf Review

With terrific cargo space, an upscale cabin, and confident handling, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf ranks in the top half of its class. Still, it has a small infotainment display and offers few driver assistance features.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent cargo space
  • Elegant cabin
  • Nimble handling
  • Few driver assistance features
  • Small infotainment display

2015 Volkswagen Golf Overview

Is the 2015 Volkswagen Golf a Good Used Hatchback?

Although its competitors offer more cutting-edge technology, the VW Golf is a good choice for those who want an engaging driving experience without giving up space and practicality.

Used 2015 Volkswagen Golf Performance and Interior

The Golf offers several powertrains. The standard 170-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine is strong enough for most drivers, but it hesitates a bit when taking off. TDI models have a 150-horsepower turbodiesel engine. The e-Golf uses a 115-horsepower electric-only powertrain that has an 83-mile range. Last but not least, the Golf R puts out 292 horsepower. The 2015 Volkswagen GTI is reviewed separately. A manual transmission is standard issue in gas-powered models, while a six-speed automatic is standard in the Golf R and available in the other gas models. The Golf delivers an EPA-estimated 23-31 mpg in the city and 30-43 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class. The Golf has a comfortable ride, strong brakes, and alert handling.

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With one of the nicest and quietest interiors in its class, the Golf treats its driver and passengers to soft-touch materials and piano black trim. Both two-door and four-door Golf models seat five on standard cloth upholstery. Heated and power-adjustable front seats, leatherette upholstery (called V-Tex by VW), and sport seats are available. The front seats are firm yet supportive, but the rear seats are mounted too low for optimal comfort. There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a tether-only connection in the middle seat. The Golf is a class leader when it comes to cargo space, offering 52.7 cubic feet behind the front seats.

Standard features include a 5.8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a cooling glove box. The touch screen responds to smartphonelike gestures, but it’s smaller than what you’ll find in most rivals. Notable upgrades include push-button start, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, navigation, and a nine-speaker Fender audio system.

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Used 2015 Volkswagen Golf Prices

The average price of a used 2015 Volkswagen Golf varies by trim level and depends on the vehicle’s demand, condition, mileage, and location. On the lower end, expect to pay an average of $14,800 for a four-door S trim. On the high end, a Golf TDI in the SEL trim costs about $19,700.

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We Did the Research for You: 30 Reviews Analyzed

Our reviews don’t reflect our personal opinions. Instead, we base our rankings on credible automotive reviews and data such as crash test scores and reliability ratings.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for 10 years, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To remain unbiased, we refuse pricey gifts and trips from the car companies, and a third party handles the advertisements on our site.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Volkswagen Golf?

The 2015 Golf has a J.D. Power predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is considered about average.

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How Safe Is the Golf?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the four-door Golf a 2015 Top Safety Pick, one of the agency’s highest awards. Two-door models earned a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Volkswagen’s Car-Net emergency telematics system comes standard and features post-collision notification and roadside assistance. A rearview camera, forward collision warning, and front and rear parking sensors are available. Some of the Golf’s rivals offer more advanced safety features, like blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.

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Should I Consider Another Used Golf?

Volkswagen introduced the seventh-generation Golf for 2015. For 2016, a rearview camera became standard, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became available. VW also added blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and automated parallel parking to the Golf’s available features list. If these features are must-haves, consider a 2016 model. Otherwise, save some money and get a 2015 Golf.

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Which Used Volkswagen Golf Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf comes in multiple trims, including the Launch Edition, S, SE, SEL, and R. For most buyers, the SE makes the most sense. It comes with popular add-ons like a nine-speaker Fender audio system, a rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, and power-adjustable heated front seats.

To avoid many of the pitfalls that come with buying used, consider spending a little extra for a certified pre-owned Golf. Volkswagen provides a two-year/24,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles. Each CPO Volkswagen must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volkswagen warranty page carefully.

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2015 Volkswagen Golf and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Volkswagen Golf or 2015 Mazda3?

Available as either a sedan or hatchback, the sporty Mazda3 has sharp handling, a peppy and fuel-efficient engine lineup, and an upscale interior. Compared to the Mazda3 hatchback, the Golf has a quieter cabin, a little more cargo space, and some uncommon features, like a standard cooled glove box. On the other hand, Mazda packs more features into the Mazda3. Push-button start comes standard, and a wealth of safety features is available, like adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. Deciding between the two depends on your personal tastes and individual needs.

Which Is Better: 2015 Volkswagen Golf or 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen?

The Golf and the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen share the same platform, so they have much in common. One key difference is the Sportwagen’s longer body, which allows for a larger cargo hold than the Golf by around 13.8 cubic feet. That’s enough room for about four large suitcases.

Which Is Better: 2015 Volkswagen Golf or 2015 Volkswagen GTI?

The Volkswagen GTI is a sporty version of the Golf, though it’s not as performance-tuned as the top-tier Golf R trim. The Golf R carries a heftier price tag, but it puts out 82 more horses than the GTI. Still, the GTI makes a great alternative for those interested in a sportier version of the Golf without breaking the bank.

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