As part of a recent editorial highlighting the award, KBB's executive director Michael Harley noted our automaker's "original hot-hatch direct descendant" for its sporty drive tuning, unexpectedly zippy turbocharge, spacious cabin, and timeless styling. And, to qualify for a spot in the prestigious Coolest Cars lineup, one would have to be able to finance a new VW Golf starting at $20,000 or less, using the auto research and valuation expert's exclusive Fair Purchase Price tool. Incorporating a look at the current market, vehicle availability, demand, and the buying trends of the season, the tool shows what bottom lines you can reasonably expect in your area for a new vehicle from a dealer during a given week.

Of course, the new Volkswagen Golf had to meet the editors' two stringent and overarching criteria – a car must be a blast to drive and a joy to own -- not to mention a subjective "cool factor" in the mix. Needless to say, 2018 Golf passed the test with flying colors, and here at Savannah Volkswagen, we can already think of plenty of reasons to love the compact hatchback in its own right.

For one, it's equipped for any Georgia commute or road trip, with a choice of 6.5- and 8-inch touchscreen infotainment systems, a Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink support for smartphone integration, and up to 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space for gear. Of course, that's not to mention the ability to lock Golf doors, locate the vehicle, call upon assistance in a snap, and more, all possible remotely via VW Car-Net Security & Service support.

Secondly, it checks and doublechecks that required driving fun box, with a turbocharged 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter engine and the smooth shifts afforded by an available six-speed automatic transmission, should you prefer it over the sporty, hands-on manual. For manual shifting with the former, a Tiptronic® mode does the trick, while extra pep comes by way of a Sport mode.

Third, the compact car's an efficient fuel consumer, offering up to a stellar 25 mpg city and 34 mpg down the wide-open highway by EPA estimates. Moreover, it's safe to a tee, receiving five stars overall for crash testing from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, among other structural advancements and a host of optional smart driver-assist tech. Finally, and not all, it's long-lasting for your many roads and miles, including a six-year, 72,000-mile warranty covering bumper to bumper.

Needless to say, there's plenty more where these came from, right here on Eisenhower Drive, Visit our Savannah, GA VW dealer showroom, and we'll show you what the experts are talking about and then some, behind the wheel of a new 2018 Volkswagen Golf!