Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (13 on) - Review

Review by Simon McBride on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
5
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.

5 out of 5

Comfort

The Volkswagen Golf comfort levels are high. The cabin is pleasant and road wind and tyre noise are minimal while the ride is excellent. Up front the seats are comfortable, well bolstered and have ample side supports.

The seventh generation Golf is 56mm longer than the previous model while the front wheels are 43mm further forward. This has helped to generate more interior space and making the Golf an even better proposition for rear seat passengers on long motorway trips.

4.5 out of 5

Practicality

The VW Golf has grown ever so slightly. The length has increased by 56mm longer and it's 13mm wider than the out-going version meaning that the interior space has improved. Up front there is a little more elbow room while knee room is also enhanced making the Golf feel a bit more spacious.

Load space has also increased and with seats in place this has grown from 350 to 380 litres and to aid loading and unloading the Golf receives a usefully low load lip.

Rivals including the Ford Focus (316 litres), Audi A3 (365 litres), and the BMW 1 Series (370 litres) all have a smaller boot with the seats in place although the Vauxhall Astra (380 litres) does equal the Golf in the space race. When you fold the rear seats in the Golf the load space expands to 1,270 litres.

Those buying the e-Golf will be pleased to know that passenger space doesn't suffer, despite the batteries sandwiched into the floor, and there's just as much room as before.

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Behind the wheel

The cabin of seventh generation of the VW Golf is more driver focused than ever before. The minor switchgear has been redesigned and is now angled towards the driver making the driving position on a par with that in the BMW 1 Series.

The cabin features high quality plastics while the dash is soft to touch. The interior is very logical and well thought out. There may be little to wow you but it works incredibly well – as the saying goes ‘If it isn’t broke don’t fix it’.
The same quality features on the e-Golf, with the only change in the cabin to some of the instrumentation to reflect the electric powerplant underneath the skin.