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Key Facts

You can count on the Golf’s build quality and, as an extension, its reliability and safety. Timeless and subtle in design, the older ranges still look good even today. Fans of more aggressive and contemporary styling can still be satisfied with the GT and R-Line variations, as they’re particularly sporty.

If economy is high on your agenda, the BlueMotion engine models are the ones to go for, even reaching highs of 88mpg when coupled with some smooth and economical driving.

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Why buy a Volkswagen Golf?

German manufacturers are renowned for their superior build quality, so you can rest easy in the knowledge that your Golf will stand up to the stresses and strains of time. The Golf’s timeless looks complement this, too – it’s a car you’ll be happy to own for years.

Known for being safe, these are the classic family hatchback. The five-door is the one to go for if there are going to be little ones sat in the back, as it’s easier to fit child seats and there’ll be fewer footprints on the upholstery from clambering in and out.

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Which Volkswagen Golf is right for me?

Latest Range

For distance drivers: Volkswagen Golf Match

For distance drivers: Volkswagen Golf Match

The Golf Match is the mid-range model and is packed full of tech. What’s impressive is all current models of the Golf hatchback, excluding the base-spec S model, come with adaptive cruise control as standard, which automatically adjusts your speed based on the car in front on the motorway whilst you’re in cruise control. Very handy for those long commutes.

On top of that, you also get the added benefit of auto headlights, windscreen wipers and parking sensors all around.

For speed and style: Volkswagen Golf GT

For speed and style: Volkswagen Golf GT

As one of the sportier models in the range, the Golf GT achieves an impressive 0-62 time of 8.2 seconds, even with the 1.4 engine. It’s also a more luxurious place to be than the rough-and-ready R-Line, coming with black leather upholstery and a multi-functional steering wheel as standard and even a Formula 1-style paddle shift when equipped with VW’s DSG dual clutch.

For The Driving Enthusiast: Volkswagen Golf R

For The Driving Enthusiast: Volkswagen Golf R

The Golf R is the ultimate hot hatch, with its 2.0l turbocharged engine tuned to a whopping 300bhp! If you think the GTi isn’t powerful enough, look no further.

Previous Range

The middle ground: Volkswagen Golf SE

The middle ground: Volkswagen Golf SE

The SE might not have the exciting and sporty styling of the GT or the R-Line, but it still does a lot of things well: from having an interior that’s a joy to sit in on long journeys, to power under the pedal when you need it.

At this age, you can expect to find one on the used market for around the £9,000 to £10,000 mark, which makes it a viable option for those who want a high-quality hatchback that won’t cost the Earth.

What are the Alternatives?

Cheaper to service: Vauxhall Astra

Cheaper to service: Vauxhall Astra

Often showing up for cheaper prices on the used market, the Astra is a good alternative to the Golf if you want to keep a few pounds in your pocket.

You’re sure to find a decent handful of gadgets inside the Vauxhall, although the Astra doesn’t come with the same amount of curb appeal as the more iconic Golf.

Used Vauxhall Astra

Good value and looks: Ford Focus

Good value and looks: Ford Focus

Coming in various packages which begin at cheaper prices than the Golf, the Focus also comes in a wider array of models than the VW. Similarly, there are versions with an emphasis on performance and fuel economy, so you’re fully able to pick the right package to suit your needs.

Used Ford Focus

For more space: Nissan Qashqai

For more space: Nissan Qashqai

Appearing on the used market for under the £10,000 mark, depending on the age, the Qashqai is one to consider if you’re not entirely sold on the idea of limiting your space to a conventional hatchback. Although if you’re looking specifically for a 4WD model, you can expect to pay £15,000 and upwards for a used one.

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Used Volkswagen Golf reviews

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF reviews verified by reevooReevoo

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Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 142 reviews
10 out of 10


Wakefield GB Motorway driver
Big boot, lovely to drive
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed purchase: 04 April 2017
Published on: 16 May 2017


10 out of 10


Burnley GB Commuter
Spacious, cd changer, fuel efficient,
Needs a bigger engine.
Confirmed purchase: 27 March 2017
Published on: 14 May 2017


10 out of 10


Wakefield GB Commuter
Fast, confidence inspiring handling. Fun to drive with good fuel economy. Really comfortable seats.
Whilst 3 door looks great it can be a pain when there are 3 of you and not the best for putting big things in as the GTD seats don't go down very far.
Confirmed purchase: 14 March 2017
Published on: 27 April 2017



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