Car trim reviews

Volkswagen Golf Match

The VW Golf Match has a slightly more sporty look than the S and a lot more equipment for a modest price increase. It’s the best-value version of the Golf.

The VW Golf Match offers terrific value for money in a terrific car. For around £1,250 more than a base level Golf S, you get automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, USB and iPod connectors, a digital radio, a trip computer, alloy wheels, more storage areas and a classier interior finish. T

here’s no better family car in this class. The Golf will transport four in comfort and five at a pinch, has a full five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and enjoys a fine reputation for reliability.

In Match trim it is available with a 120bhp 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and two diesels – a 103bhp 1.6 and a 138bhp 2.0-litre, both of which are available with VW’s BlueMotion Technology, which adds engine stop-start, low rolling resistance tyres, a gearshift indicator and battery recharging under braking. BlueMotion Technology is an optional extra on Match and GT models, and shouldn’t be confused with the separate BlueMotion models, which have even more fuel-saving modifications.

Good points

There’s no such thing as the perfect family car, but the Golf comes close. It’s good to drive, comfortable to travel in, roomy, relatively compact, sensibly priced and fairly cheap to run. Throw in an excellent standard spec in Match trim and the usual Golf virtues of safety, quality and reliability, and it’s hard to argue against it.The BlueMotion Technology diesels deliver around 6mpg more than those without the extra fuel-saving features, and in the 2.0-litre model this is enough to slash its company car tax rating by five bands. For private buyers who don’t do high annual mileages, the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine is the ideal choice, delivering good performance with respectable economy.

Bad points

Our list of complaints with the Golf is a short one. It’s not as engaging to drive as a Ford Focus, doesn’t have the biggest luggage area in the compact hatchback class and the rear seats don’t fold flat.It also seems odd that five-door versions are available with a semi-automatic twin-clutch DSG gearbox, but three-door cars are not.The 2.0-litre diesel models are expensive, so probably best avoided unless you’re a business driver who can benefit from the tax breaks of models with BlueMotion Technology features. Resale values with the 1.4 petrol engine are weaker than with any other Golf.

What you get

  • Alloy wheels
  • Alarm
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front fog lights
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Front electric windows
  • Single CD player
  • AUX stereo input
  • DAB Radio
  • Cruise control
  • Stop/Start
  • Automatic wipers
  • Rear electric windows
  • Bluetooth

Our choice

The 1.4-litre TSI turbo petrol engine is smooth while delivering good performance and economy. Company car drivers could easily be tempted by the 1.6 diesel, though.

Recommended

2021 Volkswagen Golf R estate on the way
2021 Volkswagen Golf R estate prototype
Volkswagen Golf R Estate
23 Mar 2021

2021 Volkswagen Golf R estate on the way

Volkswagen Golf GTI: old vs new
Volkswagen Golf GTI old vs new header
Volkswagen Golf GTI hatchback
12 Mar 2021

Volkswagen Golf GTI: old vs new

Best used hatchbacks
2014 Skoda Octavia in blue driving around a corner
Family hatchbacks
12 Feb 2021

Best used hatchbacks

Volkswagen Golf R-Line
Volkswagen Golf R-Line Mk7.5
Volkswagen Golf
1 Feb 2021

Volkswagen Golf R-Line

Most Popular

What are Audi TFSI petrol engines?
Yellow Audi Q2
Audi
16 Apr 2021

What are Audi TFSI petrol engines?

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Best new car deals 2021
Skoda Fabia
Deals
16 Apr 2021

Best new car deals 2021

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Tips and advice
10 Nov 2020

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?
Tips and Advice
23 Mar 2020

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
24 Feb 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Best car interiors
Best cars
10 Mar 2020

Best car interiors

Best electric cars
Best cars
24 Dec 2020

Best electric cars

Best cheap-to-run cars
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
1 Feb 2021

Best cheap-to-run cars

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Hot hatches
9 Apr 2020

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks