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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 24 - 54 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

The frugal 1.9-litre diesel returns over 50mpg and the petrol models aren’t bad either. Insurance for the hatchback can be high – particularly for GTI models – but smaller 1.4-litre models are a little more affordable to insure. Servicing and spares are quite pricey at main dealers and reliability hasn't been perfect either. Thankfully, high demand for the Golf means strong re-sale values, making a big difference on your purchase when the time comes to sell.

Golf scores quite well on the eco front. With an average of 188 g/km CO2 across the line-up, its emissions are fairly standard for a small family hatchback. The range is not particularly economical, averaging 38 mpg.

Not as good as the previous Golfs. There have been plenty of minor problems reported that upset owners who thought that everything in life should be as reliable as a Volkswagen. The 1.8T engine had well-publicised ignition problems plus there were issues with door locks and windows.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150 - £330
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Insurance group 9 - 36
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