Building a reputation for excellence over four decades is not an easy accomplishment in an industry where vehicles get phased out year after year. Still generating excitement after 40 years, on the other hand, is an even more daunting task. Volkswagen has managed to accomplish both with the 2015 VW Golf, which earned the Motor Trend Car of the Year award after a redesign for the new model year. With a new design, improved performance, and a number of innovations, the 2015 VW Golf earned the Car of the Year title by being far and away the most well-rounded hatchback on the road today.
As the defining vehicle in its segment, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf in Topeka, KS raises the bar in 2015 with increased interior space, a new turbocharged engine and the superior build of German engineering. Available in two-door and four-door configurations, as well a TDI Clean Diesel 4-door variant, the new VW Golf delivers versatility that to caters to any driver’s unique needs. With critical acclaim as the Motor Trend Car of the Year and performance that speaks for itself, the 2015 VW Golf once again has claimed its spot atop the automotive world.
The 2015 VW Golf in Topeka, KS receives a subtle exterior redesign that gives it a more modern look. More dramatic side body panel creases and reshaped headlights and taillights mark some of the most noticeable exterior refinements, however the new model doesn’t deviate far from the classic design of its predecessors.
Drivers will notice more substantial changes under the hood, where a new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine takes over as the standard offering. Capable of kicking out 170 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, the new turbocharged engine offering pairs to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, based on trim selection. The Golf’s power is even more impressive when you consider the 37 mpg highway rating from the EPA, thanks to a lighter build for the new model year. Despite being equipped with a turbocharged engine, the 2015 VW Golf in Topeka, KS does not require premium fuel.
2015 Car of the Year designation belongs to VW
otor Trend declared the 2015 VW Golf its Car of the Year for a combination of its efficiency, advancements in design, and engineering excellence. When testing the 2015 VW Golf, Motor Trend editors’ notebooks became filled with comments such as "a remarkable degree of refinement for a mainstream, C-segment car” and “rides and feels like a segment above.”
As Motor Trend notes in its review, that premium car feel and confidence-inspiring performance stem from the new MQB platform, which is the brand’s new construction strategy for front-engine, front-wheel drive vehicles. That new architecture allows the 2015 Golf to lose approximately 200 pounds from the previous generation. At the same time, VW was able to increase the size of the Golf’s body to improve interior space. Check out the 2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year and get behind the wheel of the newest iteration of the VW Golf at VW of Topeka.