Used Car: Volkswagen Golf 2015-2021

model summary

Arguably one of the most popular compact hatchbacks on the planet, is Volkswagen Golf It has earned its solid reputation over the years thanks to its wide versatility, remarkable versatility, and high degree of refinement for the asking price.

Unfortunately, the game of golf today belongs only to the past. Since 2022, Volkswagen Canada has only marketed the eighth-generation GTI and R versions, abandoning many model enthusiasts in the process. Here’s everything you need to know about the seventh generation Golf, which was sold here from 2015 to 2021.

First introduced in Europe in 2013 and then here in 2015, the Golf, known to many by its codename MK7, was one of the first Volkswagen Group cars to adopt its new architecture. MQB (for Modularer Querbaukasten in German, or Modular Cross Matrix).

This platform was the result of an assembly process that allowed many vehicles to be built in the same way, including the placement of the engine and other technical components. MQB also gave this Golf a mark of solidity and quality that allowed it to approach a luxury model.

The MK7 was assembled at Volkswagen’s plant in Puebla, Mexico (except for the Golf R and e-Golf which were built in Wolfsburg, Germany), and the North American MK7 was offered with three or five doors. Only as of 2019 (2018 for the GTI) has the manufacturer marketed it in 5-doors. The Golf R and e-Golf have always had 5 doors with us.

A family version, called the SportWagen, was introduced in 2015. It was enhanced with the outdoor and adventure-focused Alltrack version in 2017, the same year the first electric e-Golf was sold on our soil.

In 2018, the Golf received a good update that affected its front and rear parts, rims, body colors and interior. The following year, the turbocharged 1.8-liter engine was replaced by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, while the Golf GTI saw an increase in power.

Set of Variations – Golf

Here’s how the range of versions has evolved over the years for the 3- and 5-door Golf:

Given the price / quality ratio, the best-selling versions were Comfortline.

Collection of versions – e-Golf

Here’s how the range of versions has evolved over the years for the electric e-Golf:

A set of versions – SportWagen and Alltrack

Here’s how the range of versions has evolved over the years from the Golf SportWagen and Alltrack:

For the same reasons the Golf, the Comfortline version of the SportWagen is the best-selling version.

Engines and Gearboxes – Golf

Throughout its life cycle, the Golf has been front-wheel drive, with the exception of the R which comes with all-wheel drive only. Here’s how the engines have evolved over the generation:

Engines and gearboxes – e-Golf

The e-Golf is an all-electric towing model. Fast charging power is rated at 50 kW.

Engines and transmissions – SportWagen and Alltrack

The SportWagen has been marketed with all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive from Volkswagen 4MOTION. The Alltrack gets all-wheel drive only.

Fuel Consumption – Golf

Here are the fuel consumption ratings for all golf versions according to Natural Resources Canada:

Electricity Consumption – e-Golf

Below are the range and electric consumption ratings for e-Golf according to Natural Resources Canada.

Fuel consumption – SportWagen and Alltrack

Below are the fuel consumption ratings for all versions of the Golf SportWagen and Alltrack according to Natural Resources Canada.

Recalls and known issues

According to Transport Canada’s database, a total of 38 recalls have been issued for all golf types. Here are the details of the most important recalls:

Recall 2018-371 – More than 24,000 units have been recalled due to a faulty automatic gearbox. The recall is intended to address an issue with the PARK function of the gear selector. This could have engaged incorrectly when the car was stationary, causing it to move forward on its own.

Recall 2015-504 On some vehicles, the camshaft lobe operating the vacuum pump can fail, which may cause the pump to not provide vacuum pressure to the brake booster. This can increase stopping distances. In addition, it will reduce the available engine power.

I remember 2019-116 – On some vehicles, the rear suspension coil springs may not be manufactured properly and may fail over time. This problem can damage the rear tire, resulting in rapid air loss and/or tire failure.

I remember 2014-295 On some vehicles equipped with 1.8T engines and automatic transmissions (non-DSG type) with torque converters, non-spec transmission fluid cooler O-rings can allow transmission fluid to leak near hot surfaces.

The Golf’s first few years on the market weren’t very big when it came to reliability, mostly due to a host of annoying electrical issues, particularly with accessories like electric seats, warning lights, electronic mirrors and windshield wipers. Some turbocharger components in the 2015 and 2016 model years of the 1.8-liter engine also had early failures.

SportWagens and Alltracks have suffered from panoramic roofs that can sink. Try to avoid models equipped with this option.

However, all Golf versions have seen a significant improvement in their reliability track record since 2018, when very few issues were listed, until the end of their life cycle in 2021.

Diesel engine scandal

In September 2015, Volkswagen received a US Clean Air Act violation notice from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agency has accused Volkswagen of deliberately modifying diesel engines (TDI) to deceive nitrogen oxide emission analyzers during assessments. In fact, Volkswagen diesel engines pollute up to 40 times more than allowed by law.

Affected owners had two options: have their cars taken back by Volkswagen dealerships or have their emissions system modified for free to comply with the law. Canada’s Volkswagen later pulled all turbodiesel engines from its lineup.

RPM . Recommendation

Despite a well-stocked list of paybacks and a few pitfalls at the beginning of the process, the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf, with all its versions, is still a fairly reliable product that RPM recommends to buy. This is also a model that holds its value well. Go with a 2018 model or later and make sure all recalls are done correctly. It is also important to specify that RPM in no way recommends purchasing a Golf TDI turbodiesel.

As with all used vehicles, before buying, make sure you know the history of the vehicle by consulting CarFax Canada and giving it a good mechanical checkup.

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