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For The VW Golf is refined, comfortable and enjoyable to drive. Its cabin is well built and practical, and resale values are strong.

Against The entry-level engine doesn’t have a lot of power and the 1.4 petrol with cylinder shut-off is expensive. Lesser versions of the Golf have an unsophisticated rear suspension set-up.

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback
55 5stars

This generation of Volkswagen Golf is the best yet. Classy, refined and great to drive, it’s one of the best small family cars.

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There are 29 Volkswagen Golf versions available

Hatchback 1.2 TSI 85 S 3dr £16,975
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 85 S 5dr £17,630
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 S 3dr £17,985
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 S 5dr £18,640
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 122 S 3dr £18,745
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 90 S 3dr £18,795
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 122 S 5dr £19,400
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 90 S 5dr £19,450
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 S 3dr £19,600
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 122 SE 3dr £19,680
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 S 5dr £20,255
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 122 SE 5dr £20,335
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 SE 3dr £20,535
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 110 BlueMotion 3dr £20,815
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 SE 5dr £21,190
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 110 BlueMotion 5dr £21,470
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 150 SE 3dr £22,050
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 150 SE 5dr £22,705
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 150 GT ACT 3dr £22,995
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 150 GT 3dr £23,500
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 150 GT ACT 5dr £23,650
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 150 GT 5dr £24,155
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 150 GT ACT DSG 5dr £25,065
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 3dr £25,765
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TSI 220 GTI 3dr £26,330
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr £26,420
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TSI 220 GTI 5dr £26,985
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TSI 300 R 3dr £29,900
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TSI 300 R 5dr £30,555
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5

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.

Reader test team says:

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 1.4 TSI 150 GT ACT DSG 5dr

Comfortable, practical and great to drive the Golf is a complete family car. Behind the conservative styling there is a lot of technology, a superb…

John bradshaw

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 S 5dr

You have to be sensible and at the end of the day you pay for what you get. I traded in an excellent BMW 118d which was economical but servicing and…

martin parsons

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 1.4 TSI 122 S 5dr

Having driven 2.0 litre Passat TDIs for over 12 years, I decided to downsize but did not want to lose out on engine power and equipment. The Golf…

J Kelly

5 out of 5 stars

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 1.6 TDI 110 BlueMotion 5dr

Very underpowered and don't be fooled by those massive MPG figures that VW publish! Had the car for a couple of months now and averaging 58 MPG. I…

Tim Mills

3 out of 5 stars
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