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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Volkswagen Golf Hatchback review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

This generation Golf was the first Volkswagen to achieve a top five-star Euro NCAP crash test result. In addition, every car has twin front airbags passenger, driver and front passenger side airbags, head airbags, anti-whiplash protection, five three-point seatbelts and Isofix child-seat anchor points.

All cars have an alarm, immobiliser and a stereo that's unique to the car, as well as a key that's difficult to copy.

The Golf's boot space is larger than before and as a result it's more than capable of coping with everyday family life. There are cupholders in all models and plenty of handy, well-thought-out storage space including deep door pockets and a large central cubby.

A 'storage pack' is available too that includes a flip-down sunglasses pouch, cupholder and bottle opener.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (04-08).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

BlueMotion Match equipment

BlueMotion Match standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
BlueMotion Match optional equipment
None available

BlueMotion S equipment

BlueMotion S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
BlueMotion S optional equipment
None available

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
GT optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

GT Sport equipment

GT Sport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
GT Sport optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

GT Sport [Lthr] equipment

GT Sport [Lthr] standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
GT Sport [Lthr] optional equipment
None available

Match equipment

Match standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
Match optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Full size spare wheel

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
SE optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating

The Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (04-08) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 5 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Pedestrian - 3 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.