Volkswagen Golf reviews

Neutral reviews


The Golf is to hatchbacks what the Mercedes S-Class is to luxury limos, or the iPhone is to mobile telephones: a crowd-pleasing, endlessly popular device that covers every base 99.9 per cent of the population could ever want – or need – it to. This Mk7 version is lighter than before, and in facelifted, post-2016 guise, offers self-driving-in-traffic function, and updated engines. Need more practicality? There’s a longer estate, or taller Golf SV mini-MPV. Need more performance? There’s a GTI hot hatch – the tartan-seated icon – and the R super-hatch. Want to meet in the middle? You can have a GTE plug-in hybrid or the GTD go-faster diesel. Or the electric e-Golf, with its 190-mile range. 


Price-wise, the Golf is a more premium option than say, a Focus or an Astra, but it’s also a far more multi-talented one, offering a securer and supremely refined drive in regular guise, and a high-quality, largely ergonomic cabin – we used to have higher praise for it, but recently VW’s had a go at ruining it inside with new touchscreens that are worse, and so on. But it’s spacious, quiet, safe, and smart. As an all-rounder, the Golf simply cannot be beaten. As a result, it’s the car that Top Gear staffers tend to recommend when asked ‘what should I buy?’ more often than anything else.


The Golf is a notch above other compacts in terms of sophistication, interior ambience, and driving experience, and it is priced accordingly. Handling is very responsive, making the Golf fun to drive. The ride is comfortable, the rear seat is relatively roomy, and the quiet cabin contributes to the Golf's solid and upscale feel. A high-performance all-wheel-drive Golf R and an electric eGolf complete the line. For 2019, the 1.8-liter turbo engine is replaced by a 147-hp 1.4-liter turbo, mated to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross-traffic warning are standard.

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Few car segments have as wide-ranging demands placed upon them as hatchbacks. They must be efficient, affordable, and spacious, while also delivering a modicum of driving enjoyment and all of the latest in-car technologies. The Volkswagen Golf has long excelled in this segment because it manages all those competing demands equally satisfactorily. The 2018 model has a handful of visual changes on the outside and some reshuffled equipment options, but what hasn’t changed is its trend of delivering a sensible, lovable experience for everyday drivers.

B. Robertson

The Golf looks 5 years old already ,yawn.. What hasn't changed is the check engine lights that come on randomly ...

Positive reviews


Volkswagen Golf is a good car. It handles well, rides smoothly, and accelerates quickly. Its quiet cabin uses plenty of top-notch materials, and both rows of seats have ample space. The Golf’s cargo hold outpaces many rivals in terms of space, and its user-friendly infotainment system headlines the model’s tech features. However, the system does feel outdated compared to rival setups, and some other compact cars get better gas mileage.


Advanced engine tech means most versions in the Golf range are very efficient, offsetting the high initial purchase cost

Justas Mackevicius

she is so beautiful

king lion

Golf and A3 are the best compact cars !


The Golf R is a really great car, although I understand why some might feel that it lacks excitement. I got to drive one for an entire weekend and it was great, it's really planted even at high speeds, it's got loads of features, the ride was quiet and the seats were firm but never uncomfortable. But that can be a problem depending on what you're looking for. The Golf R to me came across as a comfortable long distance cruiser capable of doing 155mph on the Autobahn for hours on end that can also be put into sport mode and attack some twisty backroads. For me that would be ideal, but for you it might not.

I've certainly had more fun on said backroads in other, much slower cars, but those usually tend to suck as long-distance cruisers. If you're in Europe and want to look at another VAG product, the Seat Leon Cupra is supposed to be the more exciting version of the Golf R. It's FWD and slightly lower on power but also lighter and less centered on comfort. At least that's what I've been told, I didn't get the chance to drive one yet.