“Das Auto” – used to be Volkswagen’s strap line, and for many the Volkswagen Golf really is the car of choice. Since the original was launched back in 1974, more than 33 million have been sold, which works out to about one every 40 seconds.
It’s still not the cheapest family car you can buy, but the Golf is a superb all-rounder that offers everything most people will ever need.
The range kicks off with an 84bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder (TSI) petrol engine. The VW Golf rides more comfortably than all other family cars.
Regarding the infotainment system, VW Golf got at least 8.0in, high-definition, glass fronted colour touchscreen. The menus are easy to figure out, so you won’t need to resort to the handbook to connect your phone or set the radio stations presets.Every version gets at least a DAB radio, Bluetooth and a USB socket, while the standard eight-speaker stereo produces crisp sounds and resists distortion well. SE trim adds Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, which displays selected smartphone apps and lets you control them using the touchscreen. However, you’ll need to upgrade to SE Navigation trim or above to get a built-in sat-nav.
The Golf’s interior is a cut above those of many family car rivals. True, it doesn’t feel as special inside as an Audi A3 – the plastics in the lower reaches of the cabin are harder and the switches don’t operate with quite the same precision – but the materials in your eyeline look and feel expensive enough, with lots of tactile, soft-touch plastics that seem bolted together extremely solidly. It’s a much classier effort than a Ford Focus or Seat Leon.
Thankfully, things don’t deteriorate much in the back, where you’ll find similarly plush materials. Overall, interior quality isn’t the Golf’s strongest suit, but you certainly won’t feel short-changed.
The front space got an abundance of head and leg room, with a generously wide cabin that means you won’t want for shoulder room,either.
Seven airbags are fitted as standard to all versions, including full-length curtain airbags and a driver’s knee ‘bag. Rear side airbags are available as an option on all five-door versions, and are worth considering if you regularly carry people in the back.
As a conclusion, the Volkswagen Golf is one of your favourite family cars. It’s brilliant to drive, competitively priced and well equipped.
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