What's the used Volkswagen Golf hatchback like?
Very few cars have the classless appeal of the Volkswagen Golf and, with this seventh-generation model, VW managed to come up with a car that’s not only as multitalented as its predecessors but improves on them significantly.
For starters, there’s the range of low-capacity 1.0, 1.4 and later 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engines that punch far above their weight in terms of performance, yet return impressive fuel-efficiency. Then there are the 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel engines for those who travel on the motorway every day. Anybody interested in ultra-low emissions driving might want to consider either the plug-in hybrid GTE or full-electric e-Golf. For those more interested in speed, there's always the hot hatch GTI or ballistically quick Golf R.
The dashboard is built from even more upmarket-feeling materials than in previous generations, and is laid out almost ideally, with all the major controls right where you need them to be.
To drive, the seventh-generation Golf is deeply impressive; comfortable and stable at any speed, yet also offering enough response from the chassis and sharpness from the steering to make it enjoyable.
What’s more, most versions come with more than enough equipment to satisfy the majority of used car buyers. And, because of the Golf’s ubiquity, it’s easy to find an example that suits your wants and needs.
For all this, there is of course a price to pay – the Golf is a little more expensive to buy than most of its contemporaries when compared like for like. Also, some rivals, such as the Skoda Octavia, are even more spacious, but the Golf still offers more than enough space for the average family. And when you take into account all that it offers, the Golf starts to look like it’s worth every penny of its higher price.
The Golf was substantially updated in 2017, with some styling tweaks to the exterior, a range of more efficient engines, some additional trim levels and a new infotainment system for the interior.