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The 2018 Volkswagen Golf is sleeker, techier and Golf-ier than ever

The changes might not seem like much on the outside, but with a slew of new engines, new outputs and a whole bunch of tech, it's ready to hit the market running.

Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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The changes to the 2018 Golf's exterior are minimal. A new rear bumper here, a new set of LED taillights there.

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The front fascia's been tweaked a bit, as well.

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The Golf's mid-cycle refresh arrives in Europe for the 2017 model year, but it won't be coming to the US until the following model year, 2018.

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In Europe, the refreshed Golf comes with two new 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engines.

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Output varies from 148 horsepower in the standard Golf to 227-242 in the GTI, depending on trim choice.

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The real meat and potatoes of the refresh takes place inside the car.

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The traditional gauge cluster has been replaced with Active Info Display, which is a configurable 12.3-inch screen.

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The infotainment screens have grown across the lineup, as well, ranging from 6.5 inches all the way up to a new 9.2-inch unit.

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The largest infotainment screen offers gesture control for the first time.

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The 2018 Golf has no firm timetable for US arrival just yet, and pricing is still TBD.

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