Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TSI 290 GTI TCR 5dr DSG 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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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

0-62 MPH5.6 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure


Urban: 34Motorway: 48.7
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?



EmissionsOfficial emissions rating



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