2019 Volkswagen Golf SE: Smaller Engine, Same Punch

Published: Monday, December 16, 2019 | 9:38 PM

2019volkswagengolf475Usually car manufacturers add to engine size not reduce it, but in the 2019 Volkswagen Golf, the engine has been reduced from a 1.8-liter turbo engine to a 1.4-liter engine. Although some horsepower is sacrificed, torque is strong at 184 pound-feet giving the Jetta a quick kick from a dead stop. Also added for 2019 are a six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Making it simple, the 2019 Golf is offered in two trim levels: S and SE. This review will focus on the SE trim level.

2019volkswagengolfintWith 16-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof, the Golf SE adds simulated-leather upholstery, heated front seats, and keyless entry with push-button start. The infotainment system is upgraded to an 8-inch touchscreen that comes with a CD player and satellite radio, along with VW’s Security and Service app.

As I mentioned earlier, the Golf sports a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine producing 147 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. My model had the eight-speed transmission with gave the engine extra power and smoother shifts. Expect to get 29/city, 37/highway, and 32/combined mpg.

With softer plastics and faux-leather upholstery, the interior of the Golf is inviting. Also inviting is the amount of space for both front and back seat passengers.

Cargo space is voluminous with 22.8 cubic feet of space with all the seats engaged. Fold the rear seats down and the cargo space jumps to 53.7 cubic feet. There’s also lots of small items storage space throughout the cabin.

Even with the decrease in horsepower, the Golf excels with plenty of torque giving the car a nice acceleration. The cabin is quiet and the ride is muted, however, steering is sporty giving the driver plenty of feedback.

Looking for room and some zoom? Give the 2019 Golf SE a test drive.