A front right quarter view of a red 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI in front of a city skyline

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI in Amherst, OH 

So-called "hot hatches" are very exciting sub-group of the hatchback class of the current automotive industry. Not only does this special segment have all the great aspects of hatchback, like having a nimble footprint and a highly adaptable interior, but they also have the added feature of making lots of power. The 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI in Amherst, OH has revised exterior as well as an updated interior to match its outstanding performance scores. Additionally, the automaker has chosen to streamline the trim ladder of available options for the 2018 Golf GTI by offering three versions: S, SE, Autobahn. Each trim offers an expanding list of standard and available features to help buyers find exactly what they want to have in their new vehicle.

While not the most powerful Golf version available, the 2018 VW Golf GTI is still a high-performance force to be reckoned with. All three trim grades use the same power plant with two available transmission options. Under the hood of each 2018 Golf GTI is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine making 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Potential buyers can choose between a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. Using premium-grade gasoline, the 2018 Golf GTI can make up to 220 horsepower and a tire-melting 258 pound-feet of torque. Even with all of this power, strong fuel economy scores are still front-and-center with the original hot hatch. 

A left rear quarter view of the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI in front of a city skyline

Golf GTI S

The entry-level 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI S is as handsomely equipped as anything else in its small and competitive class. Potential owners looking to dip their toes into this high-performance pool of the VW lineup will start their ownership experience with LED taillights, daytime running lights and standard infotainment system.

 

A close up photo of the red GTI line which accents the LED headlights of the 2018 VW Golf GTI

Golf GTI SE

Buyers will really see the new Golf GTI come into its own with the SE trim. The automaker has made LED headlights standard at this level and have included the iconic red GTI stripe as well. Volkswagen has also added high-performance brakes and a limited-slip differential for more confident handling. The new Golf GTI can record 24 mpg (city)/34 mpg (hwy).

 

An interior view of the driver's cockpit of the 2018 VW Golf GTI showing the infotainment system touchscreen

Golf GTI Autobahn

For the most refined experience within the 2018 VW Golf GTI lineup, the top-of-the-line Autobahn trim is where it lies. This version stands out from the crowd with its 8-inch touchscreen for the Discover Media navigation system, premium audio system and an array of VW telematics and connectivity software.