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Latest reviews

We have 8 reviews of recent Volkswagen Golf models:

  • Ruggedised Golf offers excellent comfort and rough-road ability

    Parkers rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
    New price: £36,570 - £36,570

    PROS

    • Strong engine
    • Good size
    • Genuine 4x4 usability

    CONS

    • Pricey, especially with options
    • Fiddly Golf Mk8 switches; too few USBs
    • Missing the dynamic brilliance of the best Golfs
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  • Thoroughly rational, practical family car with an air of quality

    Parkers rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
    New price: £25,100 - £31,795

    PROS

    • Sensibly sized for British roads and towns
    • Premium feel and many clever details
    • Diverse range of engines and trims
    • Uncompromised practicality

    CONS

    • Appreciably more expensive than rivals
    • Tech overkill, touch-controls are annoying
    • Some trim is not family-friendly
    • Can’t escape engineering shared with cheaper cars
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  • Performance diesel Golf has a lot to recommend it

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £33,820 - £33,820

    PROS

    • Swift and effortless performance
    • Excellent handling and steering
    • The 500+ mile fuel range

    CONS

    • Issues with the infotainment system
    • Skoda Octavia vRS is cheaper and roomier
    • Adaptive dampers are an optional extra
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  • A practical and posh plug-in hot hatchback

    Parkers rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
    New price: £36,700 - £36,700

    PROS

    • Usable electric range
    • Genuinely quick
    • Practical hatchback body
    • Cheap as a company car

    CONS

    • Infuriating infotainment
    • Too heavy to be very fun
    • Mechanically similar siblings are cheaper
    • Doesn’t feel as premium as previous model
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  • Hot hatch for grown ups is still a brilliant all-rounder

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £34,175 - £37,925

    PROS

    • Excellent handling and steering
    • Exciting performance in Clubsport form
    • Comfortable and refined at speed

    CONS

    • Infotainment and controls are poor
    • Rivals offer better value
    • Expensive options jack up prices
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  • The benchmark family car continues to impress in its eighth generation

    Parkers rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
    New price: £23,860 - £33,640

    PROS

    • Wide range of engines and models
    • High-tech interior with online connectivity
    • Golf Mk8 still a great choice, but the opposition is closing in
    • R version is extremely impressive

    CONS

    • Digital cockpit might be off-putting
    • Simpler suspension on cheaper cars
    • Some interior plastics feel underwhelming
    • GTI is capable but lacks excitement
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  • Top-dog Golf is a discreet supercar slayer

    Parkers rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
    New price: £40,025 - £40,025

    PROS

    • Fast, effortless performance
    • All-weather usability
    • Retains family car comfort

    CONS

    • Infotainment set-up is poor
    • Touch sensitive controls don't work well
    • Engine and exhaust could sound more exciting
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Older reviews

Estate (5 reviews)

2013 - 2020

  • Estate version of the best hatch isn’t the roomiest but it’s highly desirable

    Parkers rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
    Used price: £4,867 - £35,024
    PROS
    • Commodious luggage space
    • Generous equipment levels
    • Economical engines
    CONS
    • More expensive than rivals
    • Options on the dear side
    • Used car values are high
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  • A niche product, but an alluring – if pricey one – all the same

    Parkers rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
    Used price: £9,282 - £29,058
    PROS
    • Rugged looks
    • Spacious loadbay
    • Practical touches
    • Impressive quality
    CONS
    • Restricted engine range
    • Expensive to buy
    • More green-laner than off-roader
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2009 - 2016

2004 - 2009

1997 - 2005

Hatchback (14 reviews)

2013 - 2020

  • Still so good, and now one of the best used cars you can buy

    Parkers rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
    Used price: £4,452 - £36,044
    PROS
    • Spacious and high-quality interior
    • Large range of engines available
    • GTI and R provide thrills
    CONS
    • Styling is a little dull on some models
    • Optional extras can be pricey
    • Growing range of strong competition
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  • Previous generation Golf GTI still stacks up today

    Parkers rating: 4.8 out of 5 4.8
    Used price: £9,762 - £27,316
    PROS
    • Iconic hot hatch
    • Volkswagen build quality
    • Everyday usability
    • Performance
    CONS
    • Evolutionary looks
    • Some rivals sharper
    • Rather overshadowed by Golf R
    • Expensive compared with rivals
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  • A cheap, fast, highly capable hot hatch with four-wheel drive traction

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    Used price: £12,266 - £24,523
    PROS
    • Very fast
    • Handles well
    • Smart interior
    CONS
    • Excellent rivals
    • Less boot space than GTI
    • High list price
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2009 - 2016

  • Golf Mk6 still stacks up as a great family hatchback

    Parkers rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
    Used price: £1,837 - £10,906
    PROS
    • Supremely refined
    • Upmarket interior
    • Good choice of efficient engines
    CONS
    • Not particularly exciting to drive
    • Expensive compared to rivals
    • Not as reliable as you think
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  • Golf Mk6 is a great all-rounder that's still fun to drive

    Parkers rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
    Used price: £4,920 - £12,543
    PROS
    • Mk6 GTI an outstanding all-rounder
    • Great performance
    • Agility, comfort and practicality
    CONS
    • Not as quick outright as many alternatives
    • Less overtly sporty styling than some
    • Some carryover issues from the earlier GTI
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  • Currently your cheapest way into a used Volkswagen Golf R

    Parkers rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
    Used price: £7,310 - £16,580
    PROS
    • Rapid performance, great usable power
    • Aggressive, yet understated looks
    • Agile and poised, four-wheel-drive traction
    CONS
    • Stiff ride
    • Hard to find one now
    • Four-wheel drive needs regular maintenance
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  • Taller Golf offers more room for less money

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    Used price: £1,586 - £6,557
    PROS
    • Easy to drive and park
    • Plenty of rear passenger room for two
    • Good choice of economical engines
    CONS
    • Not much roomier than hatch
    • Some engine reliability issues
    • Underpowered 1.4-litre engines
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2004 - 2009

  • Still the one to have if you're after a dependable family car…

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    Used price: £343 - £4,953
    PROS
    • Great engines and good to drive
    • Well-finished and spacious interior
    • Plenty of specialist support out there
    CONS
    • A class act, but it's not infallible
    • Watch for DMF issues on cars with miles
    • Most rivals are comfortably cheaper
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  • After years off the boil VW got it right with the Mk5 GTI

    Parkers rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
    Used price: £2,529 - £8,608
    PROS
    • Great performance
    • Fun to drive
    • Easy to live with
    CONS
    • Expensive compared to some hot hatches
    • Watch out for poorly modified examples
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  • Six-cylinder hot hatch is now an all-time classic

    Parkers rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
    Used price: £4,650 - £10,003
    PROS
    • Discreet performance
    • Grippy four-wheel drive handling
    • Six-cylinder soundtrack
    CONS
    • Offers little more than the outstanding Golf GTI
    • Thirsty engine
    • Costly to run
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1997 - 2005

  • Golf Mk4 is fast becoming a classic

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    Used price: £413 - £19,838
    PROS
    • Strong demand for good ones
    • Reputation for quality
    • Comfortable on the move
    • Neat design that still looks good
    CONS
    • SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia do the same for less
    • Not as good to drive as the Focus
    • Higher-powered diesels need careful maintenance
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1992 - 2001

1981 - 1993

Convertible (4 reviews)

2009 - 2016

1992 - 2001

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