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The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen Golf/Golf SV

Overall verdict
It defines this sector and should be its default buy. You simply can’t go wrong.


Latest Golf improves a car that was already the class leader


It could be more fun to drive...but would buyers want it to be?


What is it?

Unlike the outgoing Golf MkVI, this is more than just a comprehensive and clever facelift. The Golf MkVII really is an all-new car. But instead of radically redesigning the hatch, VW has come up with… a Golf. When you’ve sold 29 million of ‘em, you don’t throw away a formula that’s so successful. Instead, you improve it. Which is why no stone has been left unturned in the pursuit of perfection.

Given how the old one was already the class leader, this means every other family hatchback should rightly be worried. You can sense the disquiet at Ford and Vauxhall: here’s cash-rich Volkswagen starting from scratch. And just to further compound things, it’s radically improved the Golf’s high-rise cousin, too. Bye bye dreary old Golf Plus, hello smart new Golf SV. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 TSI R 3dr DSG [Nav]
4.9s 165g/km 39.8 300 £32,860
The cheapest
1.2 TSI S 3dr
11.9s 113g/km 57.6 85 £17,570
The greenest
e-Golf 5dr Auto
10.4s 0g/km 115 £31,625
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