What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Practical; desirable; good to drive

Against More expensive than rivals

Verdict The Golf still sets the benchmark for small family hatchbacks

Go for… 1.6 FSI S 5dr

Avoid… 4Motion models

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback
  • 1. There are a few reports of timing belts failing on 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol cars
  • 2. There have been problems with steering racks
  • 3. There‚Äôs enough room for two adults or three children in the back seat
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