With VW preparing to switch to a GTI-and-Golf R lineup, the 2021 model year marks the end of the regular version in the U.S.

having newly standard features. The list includes 16-inch wheels, passive hands-free entry and push-button start, leatherette upholstery, and a panoramic sunroof.

The Golf's turbocharged inline-four engine provides the right amount of power to adequately propel this small hatch and it's refined and reliable.

Around town, the Golf never wants for power. Only when attempting high-speed passing maneuvers on the highway does the driver notice the engine runs out of breath.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA estimates the 2021 Golf will earn 29 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway with the standard stick-shift transmission. 

 With the optional automatic, the 2021 Volkswagen Golf it has ratings of 29 mpg city and 33 highway.

Plain but comfortable and functional, the Golf's interior perfectly embodies VW's design ethos. You'll never feel pampered but you won't be subjected to any ill-conceived design themes, either.

 The Golf's interior employs clean, straight lines; a sedate color palette; and an emphasis on openness. Despite the airy atmosphere, 

The Golf's infotainment system delivers lazy response times to your inputs, but standard features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and USB connectivity are strong.

A 6.5-inch touchscreen is standard, and it boasts menu buttons running along the edges of the display as well as a physical volume knob.

Volkswagen provides an above-average limited warranty, but its powertrain protective is below average compared with Honda and Toyota.