Volkswagen Golf review

From £23,300

Although much has changed, the Volkswagen Golf still feels like the benchmark. It's easy to see why it's the go-to family hatchback.

  • Volkswagen Golf 2020
  • For: Technology, quality, familiarity
  • Against: Digital cockpit, can get expensive, no electric option
  • Verdict: A digital revolution, but the Golf remains reassuringly familiar

How can something so different be so familiar? The Mk8 Volkswagen Golf looks like a chip off the old block, but details have changed, most notably on the inside.

Volkswagen calls it a ‘digitalised workplace’, with the dashboard dominated by a 10-inch central screen and digital instrument cluster.

Predictably, the Golf feels impeccably well-assembled, although there are some plastics that would look out of place in an Audi or Mercedes-Benz.

You’ll find three trim levels: Life, Style and R-Line, with sportier versions on the horizon and an estate available alongside.

There’s no electric e-Golf this time – Volkswagen is focusing on the ID3 instead.

You’re most likely to pick the turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol, which offers a terrific blend of performance and economy.

A more expensive 2.0 diesel is available if you regularly drive longer distances.

Overall, although much has changed, the Golf still feels like the benchmark. Prices start from over £23,000, mind.


  • Launched: 2020
  • Facelifted: Not yet
  • Due for replacement: TBC
  • Warranty: 3 years / 60k miles
Model: Volkswagen Golf
Prices from: £23,300
Engines: 1.0 TSI 110, 1.5 TSI 130, 1.5 TSI 150, 2.0 TSI 245, 2.0 TDI 115, 2.0 TDI 150, 2.0 TDI 200, 1.4 PHEV 245
Gearboxes: 6-speed manual, 6/7-speed DSG
Bodystyles: Hatchback, estate
Trims: Life, Style, R-Line, GTE, GTI, GTD
Euro NCAP: Not tested
Power: 110-150 hp
0-62mph: -
Fuel economy: 36.7-68.9 mpg
CO2: 36-174g/km
Dimensions (l/w/h): 4,284/1,789/1,491
Boot capacity: 381 litres

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