Volkswagen Golf review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£23,875
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Volkswagen Golf 2019 infotainment detail LHD
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Volkswagen is yet to announce UK pricing for the Golf, but we would expect prices to increase over those for the previous model. That means it’ll be priced above the Ford Focus and Skoda Scala, but below the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class. We’re also waiting for economy and emissions figures, so watch this space.

We did notice during our drive on a mix of roads that the 1.5eTSI 150 was very frugal, easily maintaining over 42mpg. From previous experience that’s more impressive than the average fuel economy you get from a BMW 118i automatic.

Equipment, options and extras

As we don’t know the UK specifications at this point (because Volkswagen hasn’t released them), we’re afraid this section is a bit short. We do know that every Golf will receive alloy wheels, climate control and keyless start.

Volkswagen Golf 2019 infotainment detail LHD

Reliability

Volkswagen finished in the middle of the pack in our What Car? 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, in 16th place out of the 31 manufacturers. The eighth-generation Golf is far too new to appear, though.

Like most VWs, the Golf comes with a three-year/ 60,000-mile warranty and one year’s roadside assistance. That's not exceptional these days, falling short of the five-year warranties that Hyundai, Renault and Toyota offer, let alone the seven-year cover provided by Kia.

Safety and security

Every Golf has autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assistance and something called Car2X. This allows all cars fitted with this feature to share information on traffic conditions and hazards within a radius of 800m, giving you early warnings of any dangers ahead. 

The Golf achieved a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, with excellent scores that matched the best-in-class car, like the Mercedes A-Class, for adult and child protection. The protection for pedestrians and vulnerable road users wasn’t as good, though.

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Volkswagen Golf 2019 front head-on tracking LHD
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Overview

There’s no doubt the Golf is still a highly recommendable car in its class, thanks in part to its blend of ride and handling, as well as the frugality promised by its mild-hybrid petrol. But there are cheaper rivals that are more spacious inside, while its premium competition offer better infotainment systems and higher-grade interiors.

  • Exceedingly comfortable ride with adaptive suspension
  • Tidy handling
  • Strong and frugal 1.5 eTSI hybrid engine
  • Frustratingly fiddly infotainment system
  • Interior quality could be better in places
  • There are more spacious rivals