Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TSI GTI 5dr DSG Review

Category: Family car

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £35,695What Car? Target Price£34,920
Review

There’s no doubt that the VW Golf is still a highly recommendable option in the family car class, thanks in part to its solid blend of ride and handling and the frugality promised by its petrol engines, especially the 1.5 TSI 150. But there are cheaper rivals that are more spacious inside and better to drive, such as the Ford Focus and Seat Leon, and premium rivals with better infotainment systems and higher-grade interiors, like the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A Class.

The Golf GTI's 2.0-litre engine feels pretty swift on the road, while perfectly spaced gear ratios allow you to make excellent use of the engine’s broad spread of shove. You can feel that kick in just below 2000rpm and drag you keenly into the power band, from where it revs to its redline with greater enthusiasm than the Focus ST will. It can’t match the brutal top-end shove of the Type R, though.


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Key information

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

38.7

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

374

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

167

g/km

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