Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG Review

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Review

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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The Performance is now the entry-level version of the Golf GTI, but you get lots of standard equipment, including LED headlights, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and a 12.3in digital screen in place of analogue instruments; this can display lots of useful info, including full-screen sat-nav maps.

An output of 242bhp is enough to match the pace of the entry-level Hyundai i30N, but what’s more important is that the GTI Performance feels properly strong, even from low revs. That said, it doesn’t have the firepower of rivals such as the 316bhp Honda Civic Type R.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH6.2 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

44.8

Urban: 37.7Motorway: 50.4
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

380

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

143

g/km