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For The Golf is brilliant to drive, and this strong, smooth 2.0 diesel engine makes it even better. SE models have loads of kit, including adaptive cruise control and a DAB radio.

Against The interior doesn't quite have the wow factor of an Audi A3's, and cheaper versions of the Golf make more financial sense to both private and company buyers.

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

What Car? says

5 out of 5 stars

If you need a diesel engine and want plenty of power, this is the Golf for you.

What Car? readers say


Key facts

8.6 secs
Top speed
134 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Golf is a superb all-rounder that offers everything most families will ever need. However, you still need to choose reasonably carefully.

Most versions are sensational to drive, blending an extremely comfortable ride with good body control. However, the cheaper versions (both 1.2 petrols and the 1.6 diesel) come with less sophisticated rear suspension, and they don’t ride quite as serenely. They’re still more comfortable than many rivals, though.

The 121bhp 1.4-litre petrol is our favourite engine because it's strong, quiet and economical. If you do lots of miles, though, the punchy and smooth 2.0-litre diesel is an excellent choice.

Of the trims, we reckon SE strikes the best balance between equipment and price. This brings alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, smarter interior trim than on cheaper versions, adaptive cruise control and a City Emergency Braking system.

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