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2020 Volkswagen Golf TSI Review


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by Mark Fulmer
The Auto Channel

Now in its 46th year, the family hatchback Golf is adding some timely enhancements, trim simplifcation, and high tech additions.


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The 2020 version has been simplified to one well-equipped trim powered by a 147-horsepower, 1.4-liter turbo-4 attached to either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. Yes, there are a few stick-shifters left out there for folks who prefer three pedals and two-handed control. The fluidic feel of the clutch system is a boon to drivers who must drive a lot of stop-and-go situations. The Golf with either the manual or automatic transmission is EPA-rated at 29/37/32 mpg, on regular fuel.


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The interior maximizes its usefulness with a 60/40 split-fold rear seat, a the center pass-through, and an adjustable rear cargo floor, that can be moved up or down four inches. The hatch itself is as large as possible making it easy for bulky stuff.


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If you look closely, you can see the rear view camera lens sticking out from the underside of hatch latch logo. When the Golf is put in reverse, the logo flips up, and the lens is nice and clear having been protected from road and weather gunk. The Golf gets a five star rating from the NHTSA. Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking.


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There seem to be Golfs for all seasons. If your lifestyle needs performance or economy, there are Golf GTIs or eGolfs just waiting for a test drive.