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Volkswagen Golf

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Summary


The Volkswagen Golf is a five-door family hatchback, available in petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid formats. The current model is the eighth generation and was launched in late 2019. It arrived in the UK by summer 2020.

Unlike earlier versions of the Golf, there will be no three-door hatchback version. An estate model will join the range in 2021, while performance models like the GTI, GTE and GTD arrived in the second half of 2020. There won’t be an all-electric e-Golf this time around, as the new Golf-sized Volkswagen ID.3 becomes the electric alternative to a petrol or diesel Golf.

Initial reviews of the new Volkswagen Golf at the international launch were very positive, although the overall rating has dropped back by several points as more local reviews of UK-spec cars have been published in recent months. As of August 2021, the Golf’s Expert Rating of 74% is one point behind its major sales rival, the Ford Focus. We will continue updating this page as more local reports are published.

The Golf has received praise for being better to drive than its acclaimed predecessor, although its ‘all-digital’ interior has received mixed reviews.

Key specifications


Body style: Medium hatchback and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £23,360 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2019
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: Spring


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2019

95%

ADULT OCCUPANT

89%

CHILD OCCUPANT

76%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

78%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


The Volkswagen Golf 1.5-litre petrol manual hatchback received a 3.5 star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

Green NCAP said: “The iconic Volkswagen Golf, now in its eighth generation, is tested here in 1.5 litre direct-injection petrol form. A GPF ensures that particulate number is kept in check and the car shows excellent control of other pollutant emissions. NOx and CO emissions are low and, with good all-round control, the car scores well in all tests. Energy efficiency is good and emissions of greenhouse gases is low.

“Overall, the latest Golf impresses in all three areas of assessment and fully deserves its 3½ star rating.”

This rating only applies to the 1.5-litre petrol (TSI) engine with manual gearbox. It does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range.

Security rating


Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Fail

Date: 2019

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen Golf has received

2021

  • Fleet News Awards – Best Lower Medium Car

2020

  • News UK Motor Awards – Sunday Times Car of the Year + Best Family Car
  • Auto Trader Awards – Best Car for Long Distances

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