VW Golf Review: The Gold Standard in Family Hatchbacks

When it comes to family hatchbacks, the Volkswagen Golf has long been the industry trailblazer. With a durable build, excellent handling and unparalleled space and comfort, it’s not hard to see why the Golf is the reigning champion of the hatchback market.

Starting life in 1974 as a replacement for the iconic VW Beetle, the Golf has gone from strength to strength. Now in its 7th generation, VW’s latest Golf is its most refined yet. Whether you’re thinking about a Golf or just looking for a fantastic hatchback, read on to find out why this car is a no-brainer.


The VW Golf’s design may have evolved over the years, but it has always maintained its instantly recognisable shape. The latest generation Golf on offer from Volkswagen incorporates the new, sharper styling which has been standardised across the range. When it comes to aesthetic appeal, the Golf has plenty – with the crisp lines of the angled headlights giving the front grille an aggressive and sophisticated look.


With easy steering wheel and driver seat adjustment, finding a comfortable driving position shouldn’t be a problem. It’s clear that ergonomics was a major influence when designing the Golf’s interior, with all essential controls well within reach of both the driver and front passenger.

The Golf’s spacious interior is further enhanced by excellent all around visibility. While competitors have compromised on window space in order to achieve a sleek exterior, Volkswagen has managed to achieve the best of both worlds - with large windows letting in plenty of natural light and making easy work of parking in tight spots.

With plenty of leg and headroom both up front and in the rear, the VW Golf can comfortably accommodate 4 adult passengers on longer journeys - with a 5th rear centre seat perfect for shorter trips.


The latest VW Golf comes with plenty of kit - including air conditioning as standard - and even entry-level models seem well equipped compared to rivals in the same class.

In order to protect your investment, front and rear parking sensors are standard on Match models and above. In addition to sensors, a rear reversing camera and even automatic Park Assist are available as optional extras - which can be a wise investment for city drivers.

Audiophiles and technology fans will love the Golf, offering DAB digital radio alongside aux, USB and Bluetooth connections as standard - meaning you’ll always be able to enjoy your favourite playlist. The Golf’s punchy 8 speaker audio system is controlled by a 5.8 inch touch screen - alongside a number of other functions. Top spec models also benefit from an upgraded 6.5 inch touch screen, as well as Sat Nav functionality.

Performance and handling

VW offers the Golf with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, with strong performance and fuel economy across the range.

Entry level Golf S models come equipped with a frugal 1.2 litre petrol engine, offering 85bhp – which is more than enough power for everyday driving. If you’re looking for something that packs a bit more punch, the 1.4 litre models are a popular choice - offering 123bhp or 148bhp, depending on spec level.

For those that prefer diesel, the Golf is available with a number of powerful and ultra-efficient diesel engines. The 2.0 TDI is fantastic choice, pushing out 148bhp and plenty of torque, it’s ideal for longer journeys and overtaking at speed.

Our pick of the engine line up is the 1.4 TSI 125, offering the perfect balance of power, punch and fuel efficiency - making it a great all-rounder.

When it comes to handling, the VW Golf shines - offering precise and predictable steering. Drivers will feel reassured on country roads, with plenty of grip and stability in the corners – even in poor weather conditions.


Starting at £17,625 for the entry-level Golf S, the popular VW offers premium quality and German engineering across the range. For those after something with a little more power and all of the mod cons, the range topping Golf GTI comes in at £29,930. With such a wide range of specification and trim levels, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect Golf for you.

Due to its fantastic build quality and high demand, the Golf retains strong resale values. So whether you’re planning to buy a new or used VW Golf, depreciation shouldn’t be a concern.

Find your nearest VW citygate dealership or explore our dealerships around Greater London and the home counties and book a test drive today! Alternatively, to book your test drive online, simply head over to our VW Golf page.

VW Golf finance deals

If you’re looking for a deal to suit your budget, our VW Golf finance deals offer an easy and affordable way to get behind the wheel of your dream car. Head over to our VW finance page to find out more about the different types of finance available - from VW PCP deals to Hire Purchase, you’re practically guaranteed to find a VW Golf on finance that suits you.

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