Engines: 1.4-litre 90kW turbocharged petrol; 1.4-litre 103kW turbocharged petrol; 1.6-litre 77kW turbocharged diesel; 2-litre 110kW turbocharged diesel, all with stop/start.
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; seven-speed automatic
Fuel economy: 4.7 litres/100km – 7.8 litres 100km
Emissions: Euro V
Equipment: All the latest gear
Safety: Five-star crash rating
If Volkswagen continues to make cars like the latest Golf it will almost certainly achieve its 2018 goal of becoming the number one carmaker in the world. The seventh-generation Golf is a world-beater. There is nothing on the hatchback market that offers as much broad-based appeal, certainly not for the money.
There is nothing singularly outstanding about the car – and that’s the best thing about it. It’s rolling package of quality, refinement, and functional simplicity. Some hatchbacks offer more performance; others perhaps a better ride/handling mix, or a more appealing cabin.
But none match the all-round appeal of the Golf7. Value for money it’s the best hatchback on the planet. The fuel-saving stop-start engines – where the engine cuts out if you’re sitting at a standstill – is one of the smoother examples of the technology.
Thrifty engines, refinement, ease of use, breadth of ability.
Not so good
Styling is a bit ho-hum.