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2022 Volkswagen Golf review

A comprehensive review of the 2022 Volkswagen Golf

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Volkswagen golf 2022 review

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finder score: 84.4%

Avg. critics score: 84.4%
5 critics
How did we calculate this? We analysed and aggregated the scores of CarExpert, CarsGuide, Wheels, Drive and Chasing Cars to bring you the finder.com.au score. This is a comprehensive score that brings together the four different expert ratings you see below.
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Critic reviews

WebsiteRatingQuotes
CarExpert82%"Smooth, quiet, comfortable, well-made, practical, and able to blend into its surroundings with subdued class – the latest base Golf does everything you'd expect a base Golf to do."Read more
CarsGuide83%"At this moment in history, as consumers shift to SUVs and electrification, the combustion-only Golf 8 range proves Volkswagen means to make the most of its legendary nameplates before their time comes."Read more
Wheels86%"The Mark 8 is still a textbook Golf – unchanged in so many ways yet improved in areas that are key today, such as technology and connectivity. "Read more
Drive86%"In terms of fulfilling the brief of a stylish, small hatchback with enough power to enjoy without being manic like a hot hatch, the Golf Life delivers. This mid-spec Life variant packs enough punch to be enjoyable, and is clothed in a chic package that brings plenty of standard equipment for the money."Read more
Chasing Cars85%"We highly recommend the Volkswagen Golf."Read more

How does the Volkswagen Golf compare with its peers?

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$32,790
84.4%
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5 stars
$20,990
82.5%
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Hyundai i30
378L
5 stars
$20,440
82.2%
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341L
5 stars
$25,990
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445L
5 stars
$21,490
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5 stars
$22,870
80.25%
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5 stars
$18,790
79%
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414L
5 stars
$23,590
78.6%
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345L
5 stars
$23,080
77.75%
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$17,690
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A comprehensive review of the Volkswagen Golf 2022

Volkswagen Golf pricing and specifications

It appears that Volkswagen Australia is currently only offering the Golf hatchback in 2 non-hot hatch variants: Life and R-Line.

Volkswagen Golf Life

Golf Life serves as the entry point to the Golf hatch range. This model starts from $39,788 driveaway.

Key Golf Life specs:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Comfort front seats
  • 3-zone climate control
  • 10-inch Innovision digital cockpit
  • 10-inch satellite navigation screen
  • 6-speakers plus central speaker
  • Digital Radio DAB+
  • LED headlamps
  • Wireless charging and App-Connect
  • Power-folding exterior mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • 10-colour ambient interior lighting
  • Exit Warning System, Emergency Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Assist, Rear View Camera (RVC), Park Assist

As the car reviewers attested, this is a thoroughly modern Golf.

Volkswagen Golf R-Line

Next in the standard Golf line-up is the R-Line. This is a more sporty-looking model, with sharp exterior features. The R-Line starts from $43,084 driveaway.

R-Line spec highlights:

  • 18-inch "Bergamo"-style alloy wheels
  • Sports suspension
  • Sports seats
  • Performance LED headlamps
  • R-Line exterior styling elements
  • Sports steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls
  • R-Line interior touches
  • VW progressive steering ratio
  • Light Assist
  • Ambient interior lighting, with 30 colours
  • Driver profile selection
  • Tinted rear and rear-side windows

This might be the Golf to go for if you want a little more tech, a stylish exterior/interior, and can't afford the $17,000 leap up to the Golf GTI.

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Volkswagen Golf LifeVolkswagen Golf R-LineVolkswagen Golf GTI*Volkswagen Golf R*
1.4-litre 110TSI turbo petrol, FWD, 8-speed automatic, hatchback: $39,7881.4-litre 110TSI turbo petrol, FWD, 8-speed automatic, hatchback: $43,0842.0-litre 180TSI turbo petrol, FWD, 7-speed DSG automatic, hatchback: $60,3292.0-litre 235TSI turbo petrol, 4WD, 7-speed DSG automatic, hatchback: $65,990 RRP
The above prices are for private buyers sourced from the Volkswagen Australia website in January 2022.

*Not covered by this review, included here for comparison

Pure White is the only no-cost (and solid) paint option for the VW Golf Life.

Premium metallic and pearlescent paint finishes:

  • Atlantic Blue Metallic
  • Dolphin Grey Metallic
  • Reflex Silver Metallic
  • Deep Black Pearl Effect

Those paint colours have a Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) of $650.

An exterior paint option, Pomelo Yellow Premium Metallic, has an MLP of $900.

For the Golf R-Line, VW charges $300 for Moonstone Grey Metallic. Reflex Silver isn't listed as an option.

VW Golf review: Overview

When you say hatchback, you think VW Golf – such is the car's reputation.

It seems that the car reviewers felt the MK8 version of Volkswagen's iconic hatch is the pinnacle of the model to date. It's super modern, with a minimal interior, heaps of safety tech and it also drives supremely. The passenger cabin is deemed as highly practical and well-made, and the journos thought it was a fun car to drive too. It should be quite frugal, plus it's attractive. It seems pretty much perfect, bar a few minor exceptions.

WebsiteProsConsNotable quote
CarExpert
  • Charming ride quality
  • Automatic a smooth city operator
  • Classic, sound and usable cabin
  • Entry-point price rise
  • Base spec lacks sparkle
  • Servicing costs
"I'd be inclined to go for the Golf 110TSI Life which adds some visual appeal and interior bling for not much more. Perhaps that's the point."
CarsGuide
  • Stellar to drive
  • Exceptional standard spec
  • Elegant and sophisticated design
  • Most pricey Golf to date
  • Australia misses out on hybrids
  • Lack of physical buttons
"It's true, there are some relatively minor changes here when it comes to the engine, platform, and even styling, but the Golf's tech-heavy cabin, expansive range, and ultra-refined driving characteristics allow it to well and truly assert its position as the benchmark of the hatch segment."
Wheels
  • First-rate comfort
  • Adaptable engine
  • Improved daily driver automatic
  • Interior has more tech now
  • Capped-price servicing cost
  • Hard plastics in areas
  • Reduced engine choice for Aussie market
"As transcendent hatchbacks go, though, the Golf 8 already remains the gold standard."
Drive
  • Exterior and interior contemporary styling
  • Auto better than predecessor
  • Magnificent handling and ride quality
  • No DAB
  • Climate control has fewer physical buttons
  • Climate control buttons aren't backlit
"The new Golf feels more premium than it ever has, while still matching it on the price sheets with more mainstream brands in Australia. It's loaded with equipment and technology, but more than just a plaything for techno-hungry millennials, the MK8 Golf drives like a Golf should – with enough verve to be fun, and a simplicity that makes driving a pleasure."
Chasing Cars
  • Exceptional turbo engine
  • Expert ride and handling
  • Comfortable and roomy cabin
  • Convenient new technology
  • Touchscreen "laggy" at times
  • Cost-effective Highline trim from forerunner has no equivalent
  • Automatic transmission calibration
  • No hybrid engine
"The Golf rides beautifully, it has power in reserve, it has frugal consumption and reasonably low running costs, and it provides a slice of luxury refinement at prices that are still accessible, even if they have crept up compared to the great-value Mk7.5."

Engine and performance

For 2022, the VW Golf in Australia is sold with 2 different engines and transmissions.

Those are a 1.4-litre turbo petrol, paired with an 8-speed automatic, or a 2.0-litre turbo petrol, splined to a 7-speed DSG gearbox.

Volkswagen 1.4-litre petrol engine

The first engine is a 1.4-litre capacity turbocharged petrol engine from the TSI range. Officially, this engine is from the Volkswagen Audi Group's EA211 line. In this configuration, it outputs a modest peak power of 110kW at 5,000 revs. Maximum torque of 250Nm kicks in early, from 1,500RPM right up to 4,000RPM. On paper, those figures sound almost like a diesel engine.

With the 1.4 TSI, buyers get an 8-speed automatic transmission from Toyota Group-owned AISIN. Interestingly, the gearbox is the first 8-speed auto designed to sit in a transverse layout (aligned perpendicular to the vehicle's length, as opposed to inline with it). Inspiring further confidence in this choice, other renowned carmakers like BMW, Jaguar, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volvo (plus more) have all used it at some stage in their models.

Volkswagen 2.0-litre diesel engine

For the Golf GTI and Golf R, VW deploys a 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine. In the GTI, it makes 180kW, from 5,000–6,200RPM and 370Nm across a diesel-like band that starts at 1,600RPM and goes right up to 4,300RPM. Plus, we've heard the GTI and it sounds fabulous, making pops and burbles that reveal its performance credentials.

When bolted into the Golf R, power jumps up to 235kW and the peak torque hits 400Nm.

For the 2.0-litre performance Golfs, Volkswagen opted to use 1 of their 7-speed automatic Direct Shift Gearboxes (DSG).

Car reviewers' impressions of the Volkswagen Golf engine and transmission line-up

How did car reviewers review the Golf engine line-up?

One of the reviewers started by saying the engine was magnificent. They declared it was silky smooth, responsive, and yet easy whenever you need it to be. Interestingly, they also spoke of how the VW Golf outclasses rivals that are still using non-turbo engines, as the Golf has more oomph. A motoring expert wished that VW had brought hybrid options to Australia (they are available in other markets), but conceded that the engine and gearbox combo meant the MK8 Golf was the best model built by VW for ages. The engine sounds as though it's very adaptable, able to work more or less from the off without sweat and rises to the challenge of an overtake with eagerness. A tester wrote that if you've had a Golf before, you'll love the MK8 model even more.

Reviewers also praised VW for switching to a more conventional 8-speed automatic transmission, which is allegedly quick to respond, has minimal lag, and switches gears with little fuss. A tester explained that on paper, VW had gone backwards with their tech, but actually enjoyed the driving experience more. Reportedly, the 8-speed auto isn't rapid, but it changes gears logically and performs on hills too.

Summing up the engine, a journo placed it as the best in the hatch category, which is quite an accomplishment.

Volkswagen Golf engine and transmission figures

1.4-litre TSI

2.0-litre TSI

Engine typeTurbocharged, stratified direct fuel injection, Double Over Head Cam (DOHC), 16 valves, Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), 3-way catalytic convertorTurbocharged, stratified direct fuel injection, Double Over Head Cam (DOHC), 16 valves, 3-way catalytic convertor
DrivetrainFWDFWD
Engine size/displacement1,395cc1,984cc
Fuel typePetrol (95 RON minimum)
Cylinders4, inline
Fuel tank capacity50 litres
Max. power110kW @ 5,000rpm180kW @ 5,000-6,200RPM
Max. torque250Nm @ 1,500-4,000RPM370Nm @ 1,600-4,300RPM
Fuel consumption (best model, combined)5.8L/100km7.0L/100km
Acceleration (0-100km/h)8.5 seconds6.4 seconds
Emissions standardEuro 6
Top speed (km/h)N/A
SecurityEngine immobiliserEngine immobiliser & alarm
Transmission8-speed automatic7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) with sport mode
Towing capacity (unbraked/braked)660kg/1,500kg720kg/1,600kg

Volkswagen Golf fuel economy

We source our fuel economy from the Government's Green Vehicle Guide (GVG). Here's how the 2022 VW Golf stacks up.

1.4-litre turbo petrol

VW's 1.4 TSI turbocharged petrol uses the following amounts of fuel, according to the GVG:

  • Combined: 5.8L/100km
  • Urban: 7.2L/100km
  • Extra: 5.0L/100km

If you drive 14,000km each year, then the Green Vehicle Guide estimates you'd spend $1,436 annually.

2.0-litre turbo petrol

Obviously, as the Golf GTI has a larger capacity and more powerful engine, you'd expect it to use more petrol.

  • Combined: 7.0L/100km
  • Urban: 9.3L/100km
  • Extra: 5.6L/100km

Those figures equate to an estimated annual fuel bill of $1,790, based on the above driving criteria.

Use fuel economy figures for comparison

Fuel economy figures are a really handy guide that you can use to compare 2 vehicles from 2 different manufacturers fairly accurately. You know that they've gone through the exact same testing procedure, which is now more accurate under the WLTP scheme than the previous NEDC testing protocol.

However, tests take place under standardised conditions. While they do feed in variables intended to simulate real-world driving, it isn't possible to account for all the many factors that impact achievable fuel economy. These include things like traffic levels, how many hills are in your neighbourhood or on your commute, how well-maintained your particular car is, and even how inflated your tyres are. All these (and other) factors combine on public roads, meaning you'll often see a deviation from the brochure figures.

How much petrol did the Volkswagen Golf consume on public roads?

Motoring reviewers tend to share the fuel economy they recorded during their time with a press car, which is helpful. It allows you to get a sense of how close you can get to the official brochure figures provided by Volkswagen. All of the reviewers drove cars with the 1.4-litre petrol engine.

A journo logged 6.2L/100km across a test drive that sounded very much like a combined route, so well within the typical 1-2.0L/100km variance observed with most vehicles. They also commented on how little attention they paid to try to drive frugally. Weirdly, another tester reported figures that were 2.5L/100km higher, though they did not state any more info about the conditions or their driving style. Backing this observation up, a second source shared that they'd seen 7.5L/100km combined fuel use over a week.

Other motoring writers managed to register figures below the official ones, an impressive 5.3L/100km. The final reviewer managed to clock just 0.2L/100km higher than the factory fuel economy numbers. They also noted how much thirstier some rival hatches were.

Averaging out those deviations, you get 6.66L/100km – so still within the 1.0-litre margin we often spot when analysing reviews.

Handling

Google the best-handling hatchback. The VW Golf is going to be on every list, often somewhere near the top. One member of the reviewing panel showered VW with a flattering accolade when they wrote it was the best-driving small car.

And it seems from the opinions of car reviewers that it's very comfortable too. A reviewer driving a base-model Golf found the tall tyre sidewalls absorbed lots of road bumps. They also described the suspension as comfort-oriented, meaning the Golf was a smooth operator. A tester said it had better ride quality than its rivals (they were driving a Golf Life model), saying the ride was velvety and it absorbed bumps readily. Around town, it is apparently nimble and even enjoyable, which isn't something you typically hear about cars. This view was held by another tester who said it was an enriching vehicle drive, even in ordinary surroundings.

From other testers, we noticed words like forgiving and settled, while a sample reviewer described the Golf's ride dynamics as exceptional. They considered the Golf's suspension to be perfectly balanced between overly firm and squishy – in other words, just right. They went on to say that in their eyes, the Golf was nearly unmatched by rivals in the area of bump absorption. This was backed up by another of the expert panel who also said it was the cream of the segment.

In the steering department, it seems the Golf was consistently praised by the reviewers. They said it presented agility as you needed it, but without feeling floaty (though a reviewer stated it had a minor disconnected sensation to it). Others found the steering made the Golf lively and encouraged you to seek out twisty, winding roads. A different tester thought the steering had a nice weight to it, without being overly heavy or fast.

Brakes were said to be firm and immediately effective.

Of course, if you really push the car hard, as journos do, things get a little more edgy. A tester noted you could feel bumps mid-corner more, but another proclaimed the Golf Life had the heart of the GTI Golf. They even went as far as flatteringly calling it a warm hatchback.

The Golf was singled out as the pinnacle of daily-driving cars. You can't get much better than that.

Interior and equipment

What's the interior of the Volkswagen Golf like?

In short, as you'd expect.

Almost all of the interior, according to the car reviewers, feels hefty and solid. Even when they pushed things like the transmission tunnel to try and get them to wiggle, they couldn't. Apparently, not even a millimetre. Little touches like cloth-lined bottle bins imbue the cabin with that sense of quality. Other testers evidenced this, saying the interior was high-end and solid.

Almost unanimously, the reviewers concluded that the interior was modern and minimal. The digital cockpit is apparently very easy to use, works well and is highly customisable. A journo stated that VW does digital instrument clusters better than every other carmaker. This was confirmed by a second reviewer who described it as the benchmark for digital cockpits. The displays are ostensibly nice and bright, with good contrast.

Reviewers found the seats were not only comfortable but also aesthetically pleasing. A lack of comfort, according to a tester, is a non-issue. This view was held by others in the motoring panel, who said the Golf had phenomenally cosy seats. Reviewers who drove a Golf Life noticed that the interior was meticulously designed, with a subtle VW logo formed from neat stitching across the seat upholstery. A journo also viewed the driver's seat as low and hunkered down, while still possessing plenty of adjustability to fit a wide variety of human frames. It seems universally, the motoring writers thought the MK8 Golf's seat represented a progression over the previous model's pews.

Second-row dwellers get things like air vents, USB chargers and reasonably-sized door pockets. The space available is reportedly sufficient for 2 passengers 6-feet or taller. This was confirmed by a second reviewer, who noted that backseat space is adequate, though not excessive. They believed most passengers would have ample room. Despite this, a motoring journo placed the Golf as the standard for the medium-size hatch class, thanks to the amenities available.

However, a reviewer perceived some small cost-saving measures. Things like less flocking on surfaces, a conventional bonnet stay rod (as opposed to a bonnet that lifts with gas struts) and a higher prevalence of plastic throughout the interior were believed to be signs of the accountants having a say. Something else that bugged a few of the testers was the infotainment system and how it now lacks a lot of physical switchgear. They said that it required an additional step to change climate settings, which could get a little irritating. Another motoring expert mentioned that this was intrusive and attention-demanding. Meanwhile, a reviewer also complained that while the ergonomics were generally excellent, there wasn't any back-lighting for the remaining physical temperature controls meaning it was tricky to operate.

Some of the motoring panel seemed to take issue with the infotainment software. They concluded that the icons were too small, requiring you to be extremely accurate when operating the system, which is made all the more tricky when driving on pot-holed bitumen. A panellist complained that the screen wasn't as reactive as they'd like. This led them to plug in their smartphone via Apple Carplay/Android Auto to meet their infotainment needs.

Boot-wise, the Golf has 374-litres VDA of storage volume. Fold the seats forward and you'll have a pretty IKEA-friendly 1,230-litres and a loadspace that measures 1,493mm x 1,003mm. How big is that? Well, if you think in IKEA terms, theoretically long enough to accept the super popular KALLAX shelving unit (flat-packed). How does that compare to other popular models?

The Golf has 157 litres more storage volume than the Corolla, which has a total of 217 litres (unless you go for the ZR Hybrid, which claims 333 litres). The Hyundai i30 has 395 litres with the seats up and 71 extra litres with the seats down at 1,301 litres. The Kia Cerato has 434 litres, making it one of the larger hatchback boots on the market. The Mazda3 has 295 litres VDA. The Golf is pretty good then for boot proportions.

If you need a bigger boot, you could always buy a Golf Wagon, since that model has 611 litres of boot space, which opens to 1,642 litres with the seats down.

In summary, the Golf's interior is generally user-friendly, sophisticated, futuristic in appearance and dependably practical.

Volkswagen Golf safety, security and driver assists

Volkswagen Golf LifeVolkswagen Golf R-LineVolkswagen Golf GTI
ANCAP rating5 star (tested 2021)
Airbags:
  • Dual frontal
  • First and second-row chest side
  • First and second-row head side
Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR)
Electronic Diff Lock (EDL)
Extended Electronic Diff Lock (XDL)
Electronic Stabilisation (ESP)
Low Tyre Pressure indicator
Vehicle Dynamics Manager controlling:
  • Adaptive Chassis Control
  • Extended Electronic Differential Lock (XDL)
  • Front diff lock
✖️✖️
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), with stop and go
Reversing auto kerb function (passenger side mirror tilts)
Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert
Lane Assist
Light Assist, auto high beam headlight function✖️
Distance warning display
Rear View Camera (RVC) with dynamic and static guides
Optical Parking System (OPS) infotainment display
Park Assist (parking bay and parallel parking assistance)
Front Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist detection
Proactive occupant protection system (works with Front and Side Assist)
Front and rear parking distance sensors (acoustic and visual warning)
Driver Fatigue Detection system
Traffic Jam Assist
Travel Assist
Emergency Assist
Exit Warning System
Manoeuvre braking (front and rear low-speed emergency braking)
Brake Assist
Oncoming vehicle braking (while turning)
Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD)
Multi-collision brake
Auto-hold function✖️✖️
Hill Start Assist (HSA)✖️
Anti-locking Braking System (ABS)
Electro-mechanical parking brake
Emergency-activated flashing brake lights
Door side impact protection
Engine immobiliser
Alarm system (with interior and towing protection)✖️✖️
Front seat, height-adjustable head restraints✖️✖️
Front head restraints - integrated✖️
Rear head restraints
ISOFIX outboard rear seats
12-year body corrosion warranty
Fuel-filler flap (with remote unlocking)
Keyless entry and ignition (with button)
One-touch locking/unlocking for driver's door
Remote central locking
Audiovisual alert for unbuckled front and rear-seat passengers
11
Rain-sensing wipers
Rear window with wash & wipe, plus intermittent wipe
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Electrically heated, adjustable and folding mirrors
LED indicators in exterior mirrors
Weight and space-saving spare wheel

Volkswagen Golf interior and comfort features

Volkswagen Golf LifeVolkswagen Golf R-LineVolkswagen Golf GTI
Innovision Digital Cockpit Pro (with customisable views)
Discover Pro satellite navigation system
10-inch colour infotainment touchscreen
App-Connect USB interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Inductive wireless charging
Front dual USB-C ports, dual rear USB-C charging sockets
12V centre console socket, luggage compartment socket
Bluetooth® phone connectivity, including audio streaming
DAB+ digital radio
Six speakers plus central speaker
Audio, voice control, driver assistance and Digital Cockpit controls on steering wheel✖️✖️
Audio, voice control, driver assistance and Digital Cockpit touch controls on sports steering wheel✖️
Eco, Comfort, Sport and Individual driving modes✖️
Electric front and rear windows with one-touch up/down plus programmable remote opening/closing
Three-spoke leather-clad steering wheel✖️✖️
Three-spoke leather-clad, flat-bottom sports steering wheel✖️
Comfort cloth seats✖️✖️
Sport cloth and microfleece seats✖️✖️
"Scale paper" sport cloth and microfleece seating (with red inserts and stitching)✖️✖️
Gearshift paddles
Comfort front seats✖️✖️
Sports front seats (with extra side bolstering and integrated head restraints)✖️
Height and lumbar adjust for front seats
Rear seat centre armrest with twin cup holders (with load-through capability)
Front and rear carpet floor mats✖️
Front and rear carpet floor mats with red stitching✖️✖️
Illuminated driver's and passenger's sun visor vanity mirrors
Cupholders:
  • Front (x2)
  • Rear (x2)
  • Front door bottle bulges
Tri-zone automatic climate control air-conditioning
Air Care air cleaning function, plus dust & pollen filter
Air quality and humidity sensor (with auto air recirculating)
Height and longitudinally adjustable front centre armrest with storage box
Rear air outlets
Panoramic glass sunroof, electric slide and tilt-adjustable with built-in wind deflector and sunblindOptional packOptional extraOptional pack
Tinted rear side window and rear window glass✖️
Heat-insulating tinted glass
Aluminium-finish accelerator and brake pedals✖️
Chrome air vent, power window and exterior mirror switches accents
"Nature Crossed Brushed" decorative dashboard and front door inlays✖️✖️
"Carbon Grey" decorative dashboard and front door inlays✖️✖️
"Black metal Chrome" decorative dashboard and front door inlays✖️✖️
Black headlining and pillar trim✖️
Interior lighting with time delay
LED twin front and rear reading lights
Selectable-colour LED lighting for front footwellsOptional pack
10-colour ambient lighting✖️✖️
30-colour LED ambient lightingOptional pack
Removable luggage cover
Cargo space carry bag hooks
Variable boot floor level
Boot-side lining storage compartments

Volkswagen Golf exterior highlights

Volkswagen Golf LifeVolkswagen Golf R-LineVolkswagen Golf GTI
Ventura-design 17-inch alloy wheels✖️✖️
Bergamo-design 18-inch alloy wheels✖️✖️
Richmond-design 18-inch alloy wheels✖️✖️
LED headlamps for low/high beam, LED Daytime Driving Lights✖️✖️
LED performance headlamps for low and high plus LED Daytime Driving Light signature with auto self-levelling✖️
LED tail lights and rear registration plate light
Auto headlamp function (using low light sensor)✖️✖️✖️
Inclement weather light and cornering light✖️✖️
Surround lighting with welcome light
Front fog lights with cornering light, 5 LEDs mounted in an X pattern in lower bumper, plus illuminated LED radiator grille strip✖️✖️
Tinted rear tail lamp clusters

Verdict

The Golf MK8 represents decades of hatchback building experience on VW's part. As a result, there's so much they've got right. Reviewers loved the engine and transmission available in Australia, they thought the car looked better than ever (inside and out), and they found it was still one of the best-made hatchbacks around. There were a few minor quibbles with the Golf's heavy touchscreen reliance, but overall, it seems that the car reviewers thought the latest Golf was the best one yet.

If you're looking to buy a hatchback, always try and test drive a Golf – it's considered by many to be the benchmark for the segment.

Our Volkswagen Golf review combines the findings of 4 different car reviewers. We do this to help you save time and hopefully gain a more accurate overview of a vehicle. We also help drivers compare car insurance and car loans, and it's well worth doing, as you can sometimes save hundreds of dollars.

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