Tom Goodlad, Senior Reviewer, @tom_goodlad

Golf Hatchback Review

The Volkswagen Golf has been a household name for decades, and the latest version is the best ever. It offers smart-yet-conservative styling with plenty of badge appeal, a practical and high-quality interior and a vast range of engines and trim levels to pick from.

Starting with the engines, the Golf is powered by a selection of smooth and refined TSI petrol engines, frugal and punchy TDI diesels and a selection of powerful GTI and R performance models. For those with a more eco-conscious mind, there’s a plug-in hybrid called the GTE, as well as an all-electric option called the e-Golf, which will travel around 150 miles on a full charge.

Whichever Golf you go for, it’ll be very easy to drive, with an excellent driving position, good visibility and an excellent ride. It’s very comfortable in any specification, while the sportier models add a bit of extra excitement while remaining refined and easy to use every day.

Inside, the Golf’s dashboard is restrained in design, but clear dials and a large, bright screen for the infotainment system make it easy to use, and you’ll be able to fit four adults in comfortably – a fifth at a push for shorter journeys. Match models offer a long list of standard equipment for a decent price, while R Line models offer similar equipment levels with a sportier look. The GT is a little more luxurious, while GTI, GTD and GTE have a sportier edge, as does the R.

To help guide you, if you’re after a regular Golf without the performance stats, a mid-spec Match with the 1.5 TSI Evo petrol engine is an excellent all-rounder that won’t cost the earth to run.

The 380-litre boot is well-shaped and easy to access, while the rear seats will fold down flat easily. If you need more space, there’s also a Golf Estate with a boot that’s almost twice the size as the hatchback.


You can’t go far wrong with a Volkswagen Golf – there’s a reason it’s regularly on the top 10 bestselling cars in the UK lists. It’s hard to beat if you want a practical family hatchback thanks to a spacious interior and practical boot, a range of excellent engines and trim levels to suit all kinds of buyers’ desires. It’s not the most exciting hatch out there, but few cars are as easy to drive, user-friendly or desirable as a Golf, and the extra bonus of having such a vast selection of models to choose from means you can pick exactly what you want.

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