Revealed: 2018 Golf Facelift

New front and back ends and standard infotainment features mark biggest changes.

Last fall, we brought you news of the 2018 Golf facelift which was released in Europe last year as the 2017 Series-7 Golf.

While we have yet to reveal the Canadian model, the European version was recently on display at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Zack Spencer, from Driving Television took it for spin to Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a Unesco Heritage site on the south-facing northern shores of Lake Geneva.

Referring to the Golf as “Audi Light”, Zack goes through some of the existing features that have made the Volkswagen Golf popular with Canadian Drivers alongside new ones like the redesigned front and back ends including new bumpers, air intakes, head lamps and LED taillights.

Watch the video to find out which European model features will be available on the redesigned 2018 Golf, Golf-R and e-Golf.

Newest VW models at 2017 Geneva Autoshow

2018 Tiguan, redesigned Golf and Arteon make a stop in Geneva

The annual Geneva Motor Show has a reputation as one of the most interesting in the world. It is the show where supercars and concept cars share the stage with more commonly sought-after models. For Volkswagen, it’s a chance to preview new models that will be coming to market in the next 6-12 months, some of which will be coming to Canada.

In keeping with tradition, the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept was on display alongside the All-New 2018 Tiguan with optional 3rd row seating. Also on display was the 2018 Golf, refreshed and ready for action, as well as the All-New 2018 Arteon.

front of the vw i.d. buzz concept
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If you haven’t yet heard about I.D. Buzz, it’s an all-electric self-driving concept that runs on our new MEB platform. The micro-bus style concept draws inspiration from the popular Volkswagen Campervan and has an estimated range of up to 600 kilometres.

While I.D. Buzz may be a few years way, coming soon to Canada is the much-talked about All-New 2018 Tiguan. The newly redesigned SUV is longer and is available with an optional 3rd row seat that provides additional versatility for hauling cargo or passengers.

Also, making an appearance, was the newly refreshed 2018 Golf. Its new look includes a redesigned front and back end, a bigger Infotainment system display, and standard App-Connect. Check out the full MotorMouth video review of the 2018 Golf here.

Perhaps the most talked-about Volkswagen model at the Geneva auto show was the All-New 2018 Arteon. Currently, only to be available in Europe, it’s a 5-passenger, 5-door, high-style lift back GT model sedan. There’s no word yet on whether or not it’s coming to Canada, but if and when it does, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Volkswagen Manager of PR, Thomas Tetzlaff was recently in Geneva to give us a closer look at all four Volkswagen models. Watch now.


Wolfsburg releases 2017 Volkswagen Golf series 7 in Europe

Our most-loved model gets a facelift. What Canadian can expect to see in the 2018 Golf

On November 10, Volkswagen Germany unveiled a major update to the 2017 2-door and 4-door European models Golf, GTI, GTE and Golf Variant. While North America will have to wait for the 2018 Golf models to see these changes, we do have details on some of the features that will be a part of the new series-7 Golf release in Canada, which includes Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen and Golf Alltrack.

Premium segment technology

Golf drivers can expect a new range of high-end infotainment systems, available across all models and trim levels, including the Golf, GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen and Golf Alltrack. These include redesigned Composition Colour, Composition Media and Discover Media that will be fitted with larger touchscreens for easier control.

Continued focus on performance

While the Golf hatchback will continue to benefit from a fuel efficient 1.8L TSI, the GTI is moving exclusively to a 220 HP 2.0L TSI with 6-speed manual transmission and optional 6-speed automatic DSG with Tiptronic®.

Bolder, more confident design

New details give the Golf’s iconic design greater clarity. All versions of will come with standard LED taillights that complement a new bumper design intended to further accentuate the Golf’s width.

Bi-Xenon headlights will be replaced with LED lights, standard on GTI Autobahn and Golf R and as an option on Golf, GTI and SportWagen Comfortline and Highline, and Golf Alltrack. All Golf drivers can also expect to see LED daytime running lights become standard across all models and trim levels.

On the inside, the Golf R will be the only model to feature a full digital cockpit with Active Info Display. This customizable, fully-digital instrument cluster allows drivers to set up individual profiles based on the information they want to see, such as “Consumption & Range”, “Performance & Driver Assistance”, or “Navigation”. When drivers select the “Navigation” profile, they can also choose to view the information in 2D or 3D. These interactive functions will appear with extreme clarity thanks on the 12.3-inch colour display with a resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels.

Stay tuned for more details on the refreshed series-7 Golf.