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Used test: Volkswagen Golf vs Volkswagen T-Cross verdict

Comfy and practical, a used VW Golf is a great buy, but are you better off with a small SUV like the VW T-Cross?...

Used test: Volkswagen Golf vs Volkswagen T-Cross

Our verdict

Whether you choose the VW Golf or VW T-Cross, you've got a good buy on your hands: both are easy to live with as day-to-day family cars.

The T-Cross, with its higher driving position, superior practicality (thanks largely to that sliding rear bench) and colourful interior, is very appealing. Mind you, we'd recommend making sure the example you're looking at has at least some parking sensors.

On the other hand, the Golf is better to drive. Its ride is smoother and more composed, while its handling on a twisty road is noticeably sharper. So, while the T-Cross surpasses the Golf in a few areas (which the Golf still scores well in), the Golf's ace driving experience pushes it over the finish line in first place. 

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1st – Volkswagen Golf 

Used Volkswagen Golf 2013-2020 front cornering

For Better to drive; quieter cruiser; plusher interior; slightly more fuel efficient 
Against Smaller boot; pricier to insure

What Car? says 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Volkswagen T-Cross

Volkswagen T-Cross front cornering

For Flexible rear seats; brighter interior (with optional pack fitted from new); better reliability
Against Harsher deprecation; ride sometimes jiggly; rear parking sensors not standard from new

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI 115 Match 5dr

Engine size 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol
Power 113bhp 
Torque 148lb ft 
Gearbox 6-spd manual
0-60mph 9.8sec
Top speed 123mph
Official fuel economy 51.1mpg
CO2 emissions 109g/km

Specifications: Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI 115 SE

Engine size 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol
Power 113bhp 
Torque 148lb ft 
Gearbox 6-spd manual
0-60mph 9.5sec
Top speed 120mph
Official fuel economy 44.1mpg
CO2 emissions 121g/km

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