Great engines, well finished and spacious interior, comfortable, good to drive
Expensive compared to similar hatchbacks, noisy diesels
With an excellent drive, roomy interior and a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, the Volkswagen Golf is one of the best hatchbacks around. It's improved in every area over the car it replaced - it can carry four adults in comfort, is enjoyable and comfortable on the road and has most of the equipment you'll ever need. There's also an excellent range of engines that mix performance and economy.
The best are the 1.4-litre TSI with 140bhp or 170bhp, or the excellent 2.0-litre TDI diesel, but all of them are more than up to the job. There's also an eco-friendly model - badged Bluemotion - which offers low emissions and superb economy. Hot hatch fans are well catered for too with the 200bhp Golf GTI and 240bhp R32, both of which are covered in separate reviews.
What owners say about this car
Worth searching round for the 'Match' spec - gives it a bit of of extra refinement. Still very comfortable to... Read owner review
It is VERY easy to live with. It's very comfortable on long journeys and you can fit a lot of... Read owner review
Fantastic car solid and nippy I've owned mk1,2,3,4 and now mk5 I'd say this has a lot of space best... Read owner review