Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI 115 S 5dr Review

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The Volkswagen Golf continues to be one of our favourite family cars. It's practical, tidy to drive, comfortable, and the infotainment system is very well equipped and easy to use. If you are looking for something that's plusher than the cheapest in the class, such as the Skoda Octavia, Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, but has a bit of upmarket presence and feel, then the Golf merges those two worlds very well indeed.

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Entry-level S-trim isn’t lavishly equipped, but it does come with trinkets including air-conditioning, four electric windows (five-door model only), height-adjustable front seats, a front centre armrest, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and an 8.0in colour touchscreen, but you have to put up with wheel trims instead of alloy wheels.

The 113bhp version is one of our favourites. It's no speed machine, granted, but revs keenly and feels livelier than you might imagine for such a small engine. That applies even when you're on the motorway; you just need to work it a bit harder than some of the more powerful alternatives. Comes with a standard six-speed manual gearbox that's slick to use, or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Key information

0-62 MPH9.8 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure


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EmissionsOfficial emissions rating