Volkswagen Golf review

Category: Family car

Section: Introduction

Volkswagen Golf 2021 Mk8 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 Mk8 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 rear panning
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 dashboard
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 rear seats
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD infotainment
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD front left tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD left panning
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD front right static
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD rear right static
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD front end detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD rear end detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD dashboard detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD instrument cluster
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD boot open
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 Mk8 front tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 rear panning
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 dashboard
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 rear seats
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD infotainment
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD front left tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD left panning
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD front right static
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD rear right static
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD front end detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD rear end detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD steering wheel detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD dashboard detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD instrument cluster
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

The Volkswagen Golf is the ultimate classless automobile that anyone would be happy to be seen in, and has always managed to bridge two worlds: mainstream family cars and pricier premium alternatives.

It’s an amazing feat when you think about it, but means it has to compete with a daunting range of rivals. They include humbler offerings such as the Ford Focus, Seat Leon, Skoda Octavia and Vauxhall Astra, plus the fancier alternatives, including the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class.

Keep reading this VW Golf review to find out the answers. We’ll tell you all about how the car stacks up against its key rivals, and which engine and trim combination makes the most sense. We're covering the core Golf range, including the GTD hot hatch. We also have full separate reviews of the iconic Volkswagen Golf GTI and plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Golf GTE

If you do decide to buy a Golf, or indeed a vehicle of any make and model, you can save yourself thousands of pounds by using our free What Car? New Car Buying service, which can help you find the best prices on new cars, including some great new Volkswagen deals.

At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £1,634
Target Price from £22,882
Save up to £1,634
or from £246pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £20,950
Leasing deals
From £206pm
RRP price range £23,860 - £40,025
Number of trims (see all)8
Number of engines (see all)11
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol, hybrid, diesel
MPG range across all versions 256.8 - 62.8
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £470 / £2,892
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £940 / £5,783
Available colours