Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

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

Petrol engines 9.7 - 11.4 mpp
Diesel engines 11.4 - 12.7 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 45.6 - 53.3 mpg
Diesel engines 56.5 - 62.8 mpg
  • Limited range of engines initially
  • All are efficient and offer low running costs
  • Plug-in hybrids to follow later

There's a limited range of engines available in the Golf so far, but the good news is that all offer decent real-world fuel efficiency, hence the competitive 9.7 - 12.7 mpp figures.

Under the recently introduced and more realistic WLTP fuel efficiency testing methods, the most economical version is the Life 2.0 TDI with claims of 64.2-68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 107-115g/km. Best of the petrols - again in Life specification - are the 1.0- and 1.5-litre TSI versions, with identical claims of 49.6-53.3mpg.

In addition, the 2.0-litre TDI now uses a much more sophisticated AdBlue system that promises to be 80% more effective at reducing nitrogen oxide emissions as before, but in terms of CO2 emissions, the lowest will be offered by the forthcoming GTE plug-in hybrid versions.

In a week's testing over more than 1,000 miles, the 2.0 TDI in manual form averaged 67.3mpg in a combination of motorway driving and mixed local running. Although it wasn't driven hard, no particular attempt was made to maximise the fuel economy. So, we'd fully expect any long-distance driver to match and even beat our overall figure. There's still life in diesel for those who rack up the miles.

How reliable is the Golf?

At this stage is far too soon to say for sure, but we will monitor the situation and update this section accordingly.

Remember that much of the engine technology is already employed within the Volkswagen Group, and the mild hybrid technology will appear in a variety of other models.

Although flashy, the touchscreens are an evolution of what Volkswagen's been using for a few years, so again, there should be few niggles.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150
Insurance group 14 - 23
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