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Volkswagen Golf (2012 – 2019)

Not a current model

The Volkswagen Golf is a medium-sized family hatchback, available in three- and five-door hatchback body styles, and as an 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. Production of the seventh-generation Golf ended in 2019. A replacement model was unveiled in October 2019 and will go on sale in the UK in 2020.

The Volkswagen Golf is also available as a taller Golf SV MPV version and performance models called the Golf GTI and Golf R. These models are not included on this page.

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. The hatchback has tended to score better than the estate, but only by a small amount.

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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

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Honest John




The Sun


The Sunday Times


The Telegraph


Top Gear


What Car?




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This rating expired in January 2019 and is no longer valid.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

3.1 / 10


6.7 / 10



Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen Golf has received


  • Autocar Awards – Used Car Hero


  • Auto Express Awards – Compact Family Car of the Year
  • Fleet World Honours – Best Lower Medium Car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Lower Medium Car
  • Diesel Car & Eco Car Awards – Best Medium Car + Best Plug-In Hybrid
  • Sunday Times Motor Awards – Commuter Car of the Year


  • Auto Express Awards – Compact Family Car of the Year

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