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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

With seven airbags as standard (including a knee airbag for the driver) the Golf is one of the safest cars in its class and all models come with ESP stability control as standard. Like its predecessor it was awarded a five-star rating by Euro NCAP for adult occupant safety along with four stars for child safety. The Golf also features faster sensors for the airbags and seatbelt tensioners along with Brake Assist, ABS, new whiplash reducing headrests, side impact protection and a stronger chassis structure than ever before.

Volkswagen Golf safety levels are fantastic then and buyers can specify rear side airbags and sensors for the rear occupants that allow the driver to check that those in the back are wearing their seatbelts.

Boot space is identical to the previous model with 350 litres available with the rear seats in place and 1,305 litres with them folded down. This isn't as large as alternatives like the Honda Civic or Ford Focus but it's more than adequate for everyday use and happily swallows a couple of medium sized suitcases. Compared to the old model, the boot opening is wider making it easier to load bulky items while up front there are cavernous door pockets with sculpted bottle holders, a good-sized glovebox and a large central cubby.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (09-12).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • 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
  • 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
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Bluemotion equipment

Bluemotion standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
Bluemotion optional equipment
None available

GT equipment

GT standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
GT optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows

GTD equipment

GTD standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
GTD optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows

Match equipment

Match standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
Match optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
S optional equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Steel wheels

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE optional equipment
  • Rear electric windows

Twist equipment

Twist standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Space saver spare wheel
Twist optional equipment
None available