Volkswagen Golf review

Category: Family car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:hybrid, diesel, petrol
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  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD front left tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD left panning
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  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD rear right static
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD front end detail
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  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD dashboard detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2021 RHD instrument cluster
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RRP £23,360What Car? Target Price from£22,123
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Introduction

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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, Skoda Octavia, Seat Leon and Vauxhall Astra, plus the fancier alternatives, including the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class.

The Golf has been around for eight generations now and, as well as aiming to maintain its usual blend of impressive practicality and driving dynamics, this latest model adds a host of clever technologies into the mix. One of those is the mild hybrid assistance that’s offered with some of the Golf's engines to improve efficiency and performance, which we'll talk about later.

So here are the big questions: Does the Golf provide the perfect balance of ‘everyday posh’ to win your affections? Does its clever tech really add to the ownership experience? And how does it compare with all the other family car rivals that are vying for your cash – in particular, the BMW 1 SeriesFord Focus and Mercedes A-Class?

Keep reading this VW Golf review to find out the answers. We’ll tell you all about how it 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 have separate reviews of the iconic VW Golf GTI and plug-in hybrid GTE

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At a glance

Number of trims10 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? hybrid, diesel, petrol
MPG range across all versions256.8 - 62.8
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£461 / £2,913
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£922 / £5,827

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