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Volkswagen Golf

(2020 - present)

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 will arrive 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 about 3% as more local reviews of UK-spec cars have been published in recent months. We will continue updating this page as 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.

Body style: Five-door hatchback
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £18,765 on-road

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

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2019

95%

ADULT OCCUPANT

89%

CHILD OCCUPANT

76%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

78%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Volkswagen Golf has not yet been lab tested by Euro NCAP. Check back soon.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Volkswagen Golf has received

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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