Volkswagen Golf receives Good Housekeeping's 2019 Best New Car Award in Compact category

Apr 15, 2019

  • Good Housekeeping Institute engineers praised the iconic hatchback for its style, sporty driving dynamics, and spacious interior

Herndon — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Volkswagen Golf has received Good Housekeeping’s 2019 Best New Car Award in the Compact category. The experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute joined forces with Car and Driver to prep a fully loaded guide to the year’s best cars and rated vehicles on safety, value, handling, design and technology after driving more than 5,000 miles of city roads, highways and test tracks.

Good Housekeeping deemed the Golf a standout among compact vehicles for its roomy back seats, cargo capacity and standard driver assistance features, including Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist).

“We are so proud that Good Housekeeping has honored the Golf with this award,” said Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Volkswagen of America, Inc. “The seventh generation Golf represents great value packed with driver-assistance features, sportiness and purposeful styling.”

“Not only is the Golf surprisingly sporty, stylish, and spacious, it also offers a quick, nimble driving experience,” said Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping Chief Technologist & Engineering Director. “Based on our testing, we recommend this sturdy, reliable option for anyone—from a young family in the suburbs to a recent grad in the city,” added Laurie Jennings, Good Housekeeping Institute Director & Lead Consumer Tester.

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf is available in two trims—S and SE. The 1.4-liter TSI, 147hp powertrain is paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard driver-assistance features include Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert. Every Volkswagen Golf comes with the People First Warranty, America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty. The warranty provides coverage for six-years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and can be transferred to a subsequent owner throughout the remainder of its duration. MSRP starts at $21,845 for the S with six-speed manual transmission.

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About Good Housekeeping

Celebrating 134 years, Good Housekeeping ( is a leading lifestyle media brand inspiring a monthly audience of 30+ million readers to discover genius innovations, delicious ideas, style-savvy trends, compelling news and best-in-class products for their homes, families and themselves. The Good Housekeeping Institute’s state-of-the-art labs combined with Good Housekeeping’s seasoned editorial talent is unparalleled. Staffed by top engineers, scientists and technology experts, the GH Institute tests and evaluates thousands of products each year for the magazine, website and for the Good Housekeeping Seal and the Green Good Housekeeping Seal, which are among the most recognized and trusted consumer icons in the world today. Good Housekeeping, which also has five international editions, is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, a leading global, diversified media, information and services company. Hearst attracts more readers of monthly magazines than any other publisher. Hearst Magazines’ print and digital assets reach 155 million readers and site visitors each month—two-thirds of all millennials, and over 80% of Gen Z and millennial women in the country (source: 2019 comScore/MRI 11-18/S18). With more than 25 brands in the U.S., the company publishes over 300 editions and 245 websites around the world. Follow Good Housekeeping on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and on the Inside the Institute blog.

About Volkswagen

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at or to learn more. 

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Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries.

All prices provided are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price and exclude destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

Always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted.

Driver-assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving. See Owner’s Manual for further details, and important limitations.

The Volkswagen New Vehicle Limited Warranty on MY2018 and newer VW vehicles, excluding e-Golf, covers vehicles for 6 years or 72,000 miles (whichever occurs first).  America’s Best claim based on manufacturers’ published data on length and transferability of car and SUV Bumper-to-bumper/Basic warranty only.  Not based on other separate warranties.  Remainder of warranty coverage transfers to subsequent vehicle owner.  See owner’s literature or dealer for warranty exclusions and limitations.


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