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.

4.5 out of 5

Equipment

Eight trim levels, excluding the GTI and R which are reviewed separately, are available in the regular UK Golf line-up: S, BlueMotion, SE, Match, e-Golf, GT, GTD and GTE.

Standard specification levels build on those of the outgoing model bringing new items of luxury and technology to the class, so Volkswagen Golf equipment levels have improved.

Standard equipment

The entry-level Composition Media system includes a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen, DAB digital radio, a CD player, MDI interface (for connecting iPod or MP3 player), Bluetooth telephone preparation and audio streaming and eight speakers. Also standard is ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air con, among a host of other features.

BlueMotion has aerodynamic bodywork features, special badging, 15 inch alloys wheels and lowered, sports suspension.

Moving up from S to SE trim brings an outstanding range of features, including standard ADC Automatic Distance Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, which can even bring the vehicle to a complete halt if necessary.

Also included is a Driver Alert System, PreCrash preventative occupant protection, Driver Profile Selection (with four modes and five on DSG-equipped cars), rain-sensitive wipers, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror and dusk sensor (automatic driving lights).

Interior trim includes brushed stainless steel decorative inserts, and ‘Zoom/Micro’ cloth upholstery, along with a leather-trimmed handbrake grip, gear lever and multi-function steering wheel. A black radiator grille with chrome trimmed-inserts and ‘Toronto’ 16-inch alloy wheels complete the exterior.

From summer 2014, Match replaced the SE trim and added front and rear parking sensors, electrically folding door mirrors with integral puddle lights, auto-dimming rear view mirror and 16-inch 'Denver' alloy wheels.

The e-Golf is based on the SE specification, and adds 16-inch 'Tilleves' alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and an eight-inch touchscreen Discover Pro sat-nav.

From the outside, the GT model can be recognised by its 17-inch ‘Dijon’ alloy wheels, front fog lights and air intakes with chrome surrounds, ‘Cherry Red’ rear light clusters, and heat-insulating dark-tinted rear glass.

Inside there are gloss black decorative inserts, Alcantara and cloth sports seats, LED reading lights, ambient lighting in the doors and centre console, electrically foldable door mirrors with puddle lights, and front and rear parking sensors with visual display.

As standard the GT comes with the Discover Navigation media system. This includes a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen preloaded with European mapping data (with three years of free upgrades), traffic sign display, and twin SD card reader (as well, of course, as the same multimedia functionality as the Composition Media unit).

GTD and GTE models add to the GT's sportiness with 18 inch 'Nogaro' alloy wheels for the GTD and 'Serron' rims on the GTE, 15mm lower sports suspension, bi-xenon headlamps with LED day running lights (C-shaped and bumper-mounted on the GTE), LED tail lights, unqiue bumper designs and a sports interior with grey detailing on the GTD, blue on the GTE. The GTE is only available as a five-door hatchback.

Optional equipment

Optional equipment includes high beam assist, lane assist, park assist (which is able to parallel-park the Golf in spaces only 80 cm longer than the car itself in addition to providing automatic end-on parking), ACC adaptive chassis control and a rear-view camera.

Drivers can also select from a choice of alternative alloy wheels up to 18 inches in diameter, bi-xenon headlights, ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery (optionally with 12-way electrically adjustable front seats), 2Zone climate control, the Discover Pro navigation system with 8-inch colour touchscreen, keyless entry and a panoramic sunroof, among other options.

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Trim

Equipment

Key:

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Optional item

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
S BlueMotion SE SE Edition Match GTE GT GTD e-Golf
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