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2019 Volkswagen Golf is no plain-Jane hatchback

Sure, the Golf might not be as hot as the Golf GTI, but it's far from dull.

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Emme Hall

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With a starting price of just $21,845, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf offers a ton of fun and value for the money.

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Powered by a tiny 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, the Golf puts out 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

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My tester is graced with the six-speed manual transmission, rather than the optional eight-speed automatic.

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After a week of pretty aggressive driving, the Golf returned 35.4 miles per gallon, well above the 32 mpg combined estimate of the EPA.

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The XDS cross differential system brakes the inside wheel when necessary to reduce understeer, resulting in a fun, tossable little car.

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Driver assistance features are upgraded for 2019 and the base S trim now has forward collision warning, emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot-monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert all standard.

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The SE has an available package with adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and high-beam control. 

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With its upright hatch design, the Golf has 53 cubic feet of cargo space, easily besting the competition.

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Volkswagen's MIB II infotainment system is housed on an optional 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard. 

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Keep scrolling for more photos of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf. 

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