Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI Life 5dr Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

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RRP £26,945What Car? Target Price£25,394
Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
manual
Doors:
5 doors

The VW Golf is a highly recommendable option in the family car class, but there are cheaper rivals that are more spacious inside and better to drive, and premium rivals with better infotainment systems and higher-grade interiors. We think the best version is the 1.5 TSI 150 engine and the entry-level Life trim.

We'd stick with this entry-level trim. It comes with pretty much all you really need, including single-zone climate control, 16in alloy wheels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob, automatic lights and wipers, adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, a digital Active Info Display, 10-colour interior ambient lighting, wireless phone charging, front and rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, front and rear centre armrests, front-seat adjustable lumbar support, and a 10.0in infotainment touchscreen with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto and a DAB radio.

The cheapest engine option is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder with 108bhp. Performance is adequate if you’re not in a rush, although it’s at its best trundling around frugally using the engine’s low-rev urgency to best effect. The 2.0 TDI 115 diesel sips even less fuel, but the 1.0 TSI 110 is significantly cheaper to buy.


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Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH10.2 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxMANUAL
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

52.3

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

381

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

122

g/km