Entry-level S trim isn’t lavishly equipped but does come with trinkets including air-conditioning, four electric windows (five-door models only), height-adjustable front seats, a front centre armrest, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and an 8.0in colour touchscreen. You have to put up with wheel trims instead of alloy wheels, though.
SE trim looks rather more appealing. This adds 16in alloy wheels, front-seat lumbar adjustment, a rear-seat armrest, a ski hatch and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. And it adds other gadgets, such as Apple CarPlay, automatic lights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors, power-folding door mirrors and adaptive cruise control. However, we’d suggest climbing the next rung up the ladder and going to SE Navigation trim. It got everything that the SE has but, as the name suggests, brings sat-nav plus extra online features. And the additional cost should be mitigated by better resale values.
GT is the first of the sportier offerings, adding bigger 17in alloy wheels, sports suspension, sports seats and a Performance monitor, which includes a lap timer and G-meter. Other additions are privacy glass and interior ambient lighting. R-line gets even sportier looks inside and out. The hotter GTD, GTI and R models all feature LED headlights, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and a 12.3in digital screen in place of analogue instruments; this displays lots of useful info including full-screen sat-nav maps. You also get sportier styling touches that hint at these models’ extra performance.
Next up are the plug-in hybrid models: GTE and GTE Advance. These also have the 12.3in digital instruments, dual-zone climate control, along with everything else the GT trim has, with the GTE Advance adding heated seats and 18in alloy wheels.
Finally the all-electric e-Golf is based on SE trim, plus LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, a heated windscreen and a 9.2in touchscreen with sat-nav.
You don’t need to add many options, but it's worth forking out for parking sensors on S trim and metallic paint on all models. If you go for SE or SE Navigation trim (our favourite) we'd recommend adding front foglights and climate control.