The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Solid and dependable family car

Starting price: £25,250

Pros

Easy to handle and park

A comfortable drive on short / long distances

Still has an element of style

Cons

Rear legroom is not the best in its class

Interior is a little plasticky in parts

Intro

We were looking forward to test driving the VW Golf and she remains a fantastic family car.

The Golf eTSi (mild hybrid) is the 8th generation of Golfs and very much a dynamic little number that will take you anywhere!  The design flows on from the earlier models with a few tweaks including new lights around the bonnet and a smart rear.

However, the fully electric Golf is being phased out this year (2021) to make way for VW’s all electric ID3 series. The Golf still has a choice of petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid engines.  There are 9 different lines (models) from the standard ‘Active’ through to the very sporty (boy racer!) ‘GTI clubsport’.

Rivals on the market include the Ford Focus, Seat Leon, Audi Q3 and Mercedes A Class.

Kate loved her old Golf and sadly at the grand old age of 17 years she (the Golf not Kate) was towed off to the scrap yard.  So to hop into the cockpit today was quite exciting. It still felt sporty and it was great to drive.  Effortless, responsive and smooth… what more could a girl wish for!  The car uses regenerative breaking which basically means that it harvests energy every time you use the break pedal and this helps charge the battery.  The pedal felt a little light. Great steering meant that parking was simple. However, parking assist / rear cameras are extra whereas the front and rear sensors are standard.  The car has the canny ability to use the computer, cameras and sensors to steer the car without you touching it.  Like a child it could take some time to actually feel confident to give the car this much independence!

Interior

The cockpit itself was comfortable with the climate control and 10inch infotainment screen at your finger tips.  Plenty of adjustments available on both the steering wheel and seat to find that perfect driving position. View over the road and rear was perfect for a small car. The Golf also has the massage option which, as previously said, it can feel like a toddlers angry foot!

The driver display was visually clear with good graphics. Flowing from here into the middle of the dash was the infotainment screen.  Functionality is very much through touch and, as per many new cars, buttons and knobs are being phased out. There is a small pad below the screen which does provide shortcuts.  The aircon and heated seats are controlled by a sliding bar below the infotainment screen

Seats & Passenger Space

The front seats were really comfortable with plenty of support plus good adjustment function to find the right position Leather trim is available on entry level models.

The backseats had plenty of headroom and, albeit leg room was not so roomy, you could squeeze in 3 adults / teenagers for a short journey. However, it is more of a 2 child or 2 adult rear bench.  We could only fit two car seats and there are two isofix points to compliment this. There is also the option for rear heated seats which even with old children does not score highly on the priority list.

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Cups & Cubby

Adequate spaces and cubby holes in the Golf. The door bins were an okay size and able to hold a bottle. The centre console had room for a coffee cup / bottle and the glovebox was adequate to throw in some wipes and emergency humbugs.

In the rear the pulldown armrest houses two good size bottle or cupholders and a big tick for the two usb points and climate control to keep the passengers happy!

Boot Space

The boot is on par with competition in this class with 380 litres.  The boot opening is good, but like many small cars there is a load lip.  The variable height floor lengthens or shortens the load lip.  However, if you have a dog or need full boot space then you will need to drop the floor.  A buggy or pram fit happily into the boot and for a family car it does the job and great for everyday life.

Summary

All in all the VW Golf is very likable and a pretty robust small car. It remains a good choice as a run around or even for those longer trips to visit family and friends.

** Boosters used in this review: Cozynsafe Tambu (width 45cm)

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4284(L) x 1789(W) x 11491 (H)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

380 litres

Backseat Size Kate and Claire Reviews

Backseat Dimensions

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

51.4 (Electric Range Combined)

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-62mph in 8.5 secs