With a hatchback formula that's been refined over numerous generations, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf TSI S 2-door remains a top draw in the compact segment. Hatchback utility, good fuel efficiency, comfortable on road manners and a respectable collection of interior tech can be had for just $20,000.
Even as a two-door, the Golf features lots of cargo room and a spacious backseat with good headroom.
The Golf looks sportier with two doors, but the car's overall look remains conservative and clean.
Through the autocross, the Golf features impressive turn-in response and features a remarkable amount of grip on its 15-inch all-season Continental tires.
The seventh-generation of the Golf debuted in the US for the 2015 model year.
While the 1.8-liter turbocharged I-4 produces a respectable 170 horsepower, the engine does suffer from a noticeable turbo lag when accelerating from dead stops.
Like many Volkswagen vehicles, steering is lightly weighted but responsive to inputs. A little more heft in the steering would be welcome.
While it's nice to see Volkswagen still offering a manual transmission, it's a little disappointing that it's only a five-speed unit.
Between gears, the revs drop drastically requiring frequent downshifts even for daily driving.
VW's infotainment system with Car-Net features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.
Like the exterior, the interior of the Golf is simple and straightforward. Build quality is impressive and materials used throughout are of high quality.