Volkswagen Golf

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How much does the Volkswagen Golf cost to run?

The 1.6L diesel is the most economical Volkswagen Golf to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency. Compared to the competition in the Small Family segment, it will make the smallest dent in your wallet.

The Volkswagen Golf 1.6L diesel is free to tax, as it sits in tax band A.

It does just over 88 MPG on average, which means it will cost £7.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Peugeot 308 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Citroen C4 1.6L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 13, which is lower than the Ford Focus 1.5L diesel, but higher than the Citroen C4 1.6L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Honda Civic has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.2L petrol1.4L petrol1.5L petrol1.6L diesel
mpg57.6 - 65.747.9 - 57.644.1 - 60.154.3 - 58.958.9 - 88.3
emissions99 - 112113 - 136109 - 149110 - 11985 - 125
tax£0.00 - £30.00£145.00 - £30.00£160.00 - £20.00£20.00 - £30.00£0.00 - £125.00
insuranceGroup 11 - 14Group 7 - 18Group 8 - 28Group 15 - 19Group 10 - 18

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Volkswagen Golf: How big is the boot?

You can take your pick of three body shapes with the Volkswagen Golf, ranging from the big boot in the estate to the smallest in the convertible.

The estate can take the most luggage; 5 large bags. The hatchback can take 3 large bags and finally the convertible can take 2 large bags.

Worth knowing, the Peugeot 308 estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 5 large bags with its 810 litres.

Is the Volkswagen Golf easy to park?

The Volkswagen Golf is very middle of the road - it fills three quarters of a space. There are lots of wider cars, but just as many that are narrower and feel easier to park. For example, the Skoda Rapid.

If you park on the street regularly, this is one of the cars to shortlist. At 4320m long it gives you reasonable 480mm space to move the car in and out of the bay.

Which Volkswagen Golf has the best performance?

The fastest Volkswagen Golf from 0-60, is the 2.0L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 400 lbs/ft torque and 310 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Mercedes Benz A Class 2.0L petrol, which will beat your Volkswagen Golf to 60 by 0.4 seconds. That doesn’t sound much, but in 0-60 terms it’s actually a big gap.

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.2L petrol1.4L petrol1.5L petrol1.6L diesel
zeroTo629.7 - 12.610.2 - 12.68 - 13.98.3 - 9.510.1 - 13.8
torque175 - 200160 - 175132 - 250200 - 250230 - 250
bhp85 - 11585 - 10580 - 160130 - 15090 - 115

What size caravan or trailer, can the Volkswagen Golf tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Volkswagen Golf 2.0L petrol which has 380 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1800kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.