Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (13 on) - Review

Review by Simon McBride on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
This is the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf that follows the original Mk1 launched back in 1976. It doesn’t look a whole lot different from the current Golf but Volkswagen claims it is completely new.

4 out of 5

Buying new

The most 138bhp 1.4-litre TSI is our favourite engine. It mixes good average economy (58.9mpg) and low CO2 emissions (112g/km) to a sprightly version of the Golf. Opting for the standard six-speed manual is a good choice as the 7-speed DSG auto version is a bit pricey in comparison.

The most popular trim will be SE – standard kit includes Bluetooth, automatic wipers, PreCrash preventative occupant protection and 16-inch alloys.

4 out of 5

Buying used

The VW Golf makes an excellent used buy, however, a car in good condition will hold on to a strong resale value. The easiest trim to get hold of is likely to be SE while the 1.4-litre TSI will be a favourite among retail customers.

You may get a deal if you are after a diesel as they are unlikely to be as popular as the petrol models. Given new prices undercut the previous models’ and you get more kit as standard, used values are likely to remain strong.

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4.5 out of 5


VW Golfs always have a loyal customer base so selling one should not prove difficult. That said entry level S models will be harder to shift as the next trim up, SE, provides significantly more kit as standard including the adaptive cruise control and City Emergency Braking (automatically brakes the car to standstill if detects an impending accident while driving in slow speed traffic).

The seven-speed DSG automatics provide interest to buyers but are going to struggle to justify their higher cost at new especially as the six-speed manuals are very good.

Diesels will appeal to long distance drivers but petrols will have the wider appeal especially the 1.4 TSi with Active Cylinder Technology as it is frugal and emissions are low keeping road tax costs down. Five door models will also attract far more buyers than the three door versions just because they are more versatile.