Volkswagen Golf review

Category: Family car

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:diesel, hybrid, petrol
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  • Volkswagen Golf Mk8 front tracking
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  • Volkswagen Golf Mk8 rear seats
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Volkswagen Golf Mk8 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD front left tracking
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD left panning
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD front right static
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 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 2020 RHD dashboard detail
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD instrument cluster
  • Volkswagen Golf 2020 RHD boot open
RRP £23,300What Car? Target Price from£21,954
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Introduction

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If the Volkswagen Golf were a country, it’d be Turkey. Why? Well, it’s often said that Turkey is the bridge between two worlds, literally and metaphorically, with Istanbul’s bridges spanning the Bosporus River and linking Europe to Asia. And, as the epitome of the classless automobile, the Golf has always bridged two worlds: those of mainstream family cars and their pricier, premium alternatives.

It’s an amazing feat when you think about it. The Volkswagen Golf is a car that anybody would be happy to be seen in. Anywhere. Its rivals span the entire spectrum, from humbler offerings, such as the Ford Focus, Skoda Octavia, Seat Leon and Vauxhall Astra, to the fancier alternatives, which include 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, the latest model adds a host of clever technologies into the mix. Some are designed to enhance your experience with the car, and others, such as the mild-hybrid assistance that’s offered with some of the Golf's engines, are there to boost efficiency and performance. There's also the iconic Volkswagen Golf GTI, which we've covered off with its own dedicated review.

But here are the big questions: does the Volkswagen 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 vying for your cash?

Keep reading our comprehensive 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. Plus, you can use our New Car Buying service for great savings on a Golf and all manner of other family cars; it takes just a few clicks and it’s as easy as making toast.

At a glance

Number of trims6 see more
Available fuel typesdiesel, hybrid, petrol
MPG range across all versions256.8 - 62.8
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles

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