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Volkswagen Golf

(2012 - present)

The Volkswagen Golf is a medium-sized family hatchback, available in three- and five-door body styles, and estate. Over more than 40 years, the Golf has been one of the biggest-selling names in automotive history.

The current model was launched in late 2012, and received a major update at the end of 2016. A replacement model may be shown in 2019, but is not likely to go on sale in the UK until 2020.

The Volkswagen Golf is also available as an estate, a taller Golf SV MPV version, and performance models called the Golf GTI and Golf R. We are currently building separate pages for all these versions, so check back soon.

The Golf has received consistently good scores from UK media sources compared to rival cars, and has been widely praised for its refinement and wide range of model choices.

Body style: Five-door hatch and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £18,765 on-road

Launched: Winter 2012/13
Last updated: Winter 2016/17
Replacement due: 2020


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

Volkswagen Golf 4

Auto Express

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Volkswagen Golf 9

Honest John

Volkswagen Golf 10

The Sun

Volkswagen Golf 11

The Sunday Times

Volkswagen Golf 12

Top Gear

Volkswagen Golf 13

What Car?

Volkswagen Golf 14



Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

The Volkswagen Golf was crash tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded a five-star rating.

This rating expired in January 2019 and is no longer valid.


Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 1.6 TDI 4×2 Manual
Date tested: February 2019

Volkswagen Golf 16

3.1 / 10


Volkswagen Golf 17

6.7 / 10


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