Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TSI 290 GTI TCR 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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Trim: GTI TCR

Sounding like a local radio station, but actually named after the touring car racing version of the Golf, the TCR features more powerful brakes than the GTI Performance and plenty of look-at-me design details, in addition to its extra power.

Engine: 2.0 TSI 290

The TCR has 44bhp more than the GTI Performance, which takes the total up to 286bhp. As a result, it provides noticeably more top-end pace; indeed, it’s quicker in a straight line than the Honda Civic Type R, in part thanks to the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them shifts of its standard twin-clutch automatic gearbox.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH5.6 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

N

Urban: NMotorway: N
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

380

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

153

g/km