Volkswagen Golf Information

Safety · Fuel Efficiency · MPG

Volkswagen Golf Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has conducted 3 recalls, 1 investigations of reports of a defective product, and recorded 39 safety complaints filed against this vehicle.


Crash Test Results (ratings out of 5):

Year Variation Overall Rating Front Crash Rating
(Driver)
Front Crash
(Passenger)
Side Crash
(Driver side)
Side Crash
(Passenger side)
Rollover
2019 2019 Volkswagen Golf 4 DR FWD 5 5 4 5 5 4
2018 2018 Volkswagen Golf 4 DR FWD 5 5 4 5 5 4
2017 2017 Volkswagen Golf 4 DR FWD 5 5 4 5 5 4
2016 2016 Volkswagen Golf 2 DR FWD 5 4 (picture) 5 5 (picture) 5 4
2016 2016 Volkswagen Golf 4 DR FWD 5 5 4 5 5 4
2015 2015 Volkswagen Golf 2 DR FWD 5 4 (picture) 5 5 (picture) 5 4
2015 2015 Volkswagen Golf 4 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2014 2014 Volkswagen Golf 2 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2014 2014 Volkswagen Golf 4 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated 4
2013 2013 Volkswagen Golf 2 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2013 2013 Volkswagen Golf 4 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated 4
2013 2013 Volkswagen Golf R 4 DR AWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated 4
2012 2012 Volkswagen Golf 2 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2012 2012 Volkswagen Golf 4 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated 4
2011 2011 Volkswagen Golf 2 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2011 2011 Volkswagen Golf 4 DR FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated 4
2010 2010 Volkswagen Golf 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2010 2010 Volkswagen Golf 4-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 4 4 5 5 4
2006 2006 Volkswagen Golf 4-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 5 5 4 4 Not Rated
2005 2005 Volkswagen Golf 4-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 5 5 4 4 Not Rated
2004 2004 Volkswagen Golf 4-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 5 5 4 4 Not Rated
2003 2003 Volkswagen Golf 4-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 5 5 4 4 Not Rated
2002 2002 Volkswagen Golf 4-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 5 5 Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2001 2001 Volkswagen Golf 4-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 5 5 Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated
2000 2000 Volkswagen Golf 4-DR. w/SAB Not Rated 5 5 Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated

Fuel Efficiency

Volkswagen has manufactured models of Golf for 22 years. They average 28.5 combined miles per gallon, with the latest 2019 Golf above average at 32 combined MPG.

Government regulators estimate the fuel cost of the 2019 Golf to be $1,200 per year. This estimate is based on 15,000 miles driven, 55% city driving and 45% highway driving, and regular gasoline.

Compared to other vehicles, you spend $1,250 less over 5 years compared to an average vehicle.

The Golf consumes about 10 barrels of petroleum per year, according to the standard estimate of 15,000 miles driven. Most of the world's petroleum comes from countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and Iraq.

The Golf emits 274 grams of CO2 per mile, or roughly 4,110,000 grams per year. To put this into perspective, a normal tree absorbs about 21,000 grams of CO2 per year, so about 196 trees would offset these emissions. The Golf does not have start-stop technology.

Vehicle Model Combined MPG Highway MPG City MPG
2019 Volkswagen Golf 32 37 29
2018 Volkswagen Golf 29 34 25
2017 Volkswagen Golf 29 36 25
2016 Volkswagen Golf 29 36 25
2015 Volkswagen Golf 29 35 25
2014 Volkswagen Golf 26 30 23
2013 Volkswagen Golf 26 33 23
2012 Volkswagen Golf 26 33 23
2011 Volkswagen Golf 26 33 23
2010 Volkswagen Golf 26 30 23
2006 Volkswagen Golf 24 29 21
2005 Volkswagen Golf 24 28 21
2004 Volkswagen Golf 24 28 21
2003 Volkswagen Golf 24 29 21
2002 Volkswagen Golf 24 28 21
2001 Volkswagen Golf 24 28 21
2000 Volkswagen Golf 24 28 21
1999 Volkswagen Golf 24 28 21
1989 Volkswagen Golf 25 31 22
1988 Volkswagen Golf 25 30 22
1987 Volkswagen Golf 26 31 23
1986 Volkswagen Golf 26 31 23

MPG breakdown by model options

The Volkswagen Golf has 76 different model options on record with the EPA since 1986. For the most accurate MPG estimates, find your exact model below.

Vehicle Model Combined MPG Highway MPG City MPG
2019 Automatic (S8), 4-cyl, 1.4 L 32 37 29
2019 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 1.4 L 32 37 29
2018 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 28 33 24
2018 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 29 34 25
2017 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 29 35 25
2017 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 29 36 25
2016 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 29 35 25
2016 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 29 36 25
2015 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 29 36 25
2015 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 35 41 31
2015 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 29 35 25
2015 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 35 43 30
2014 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 32 37 29
2014 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 32 39 29
2014 Automatic (S6), 5-cyl, 2.5 L 26 30 23
2013 Automatic (AM-S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 32 37 29
2013 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 32 39 29
2013 Automatic (S6), 5-cyl, 2.5 L 26 31 24
2013 Manual 5-spd, 5-cyl, 2.5 L 26 33 23
2012 Automatic (S6), 5-cyl, 2.5 L 26 31 24
2012 Manual 5-spd, 5-cyl, 2.5 L 26 33 23
2012 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 32 37 29
2012 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 32 39 29
2011 Automatic (S6), 5-cyl, 2.5 L 27 31 24
2011 Manual 5-spd, 5-cyl, 2.5 L 26 33 23
2011 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 32 37 29
2011 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 32 39 29
2010 Manual 5-spd, 5-cyl, 2.5 L 25 30 22
2010 Automatic (S6), 5-cyl, 2.5 L 26 30 23
2010 Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 32 39 29
2010 Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 32 37 29
2006 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 34 40 31
2006 Automatic (S5), 4-cyl, 1.9 L 32 40 28
2006 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 27 21
2006 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 29 21
2005 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 35 41 32
2005 Automatic (S5), 4-cyl, 1.9 L 32 39 28
2005 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
2005 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
2004 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 36 42 32
2004 Automatic (S5), 4-cyl, 1.9 L 32 39 28
2004 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
2004 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
2003 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 33 40 29
2003 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 38 44 35
2003 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 23 27 20
2003 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 29 21
2002 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 33 40 29
2002 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 38 44 35
2002 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 23 27 20
2002 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
2001 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 26 20
2001 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 28 22
2001 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 33 40 29
2001 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 38 44 35
2001 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 22 26 20
2001 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
2000 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 26 19
2000 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 24 28 21
2000 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 33 40 29
2000 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.9 L 38 44 35
2000 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 22 26 19
2000 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
1999 Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 22 26 19
1999 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 24 28 21
1989 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.6 L 34 39 31
1989 Automatic 3-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 26 20
1989 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 25 31 22
1988 Automatic 3-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 23 26 21
1988 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 25 30 22
1987 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.6 L 33 37 31
1987 Automatic 3-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 25 21
1987 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 26 31 23
1986 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.6 L 35 40 31
1986 Automatic 3-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 22 25 21
1986 Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 26 31 23