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.
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