Used Volkswagen Golf buying guide
The Volkswagen Golf has gone through many changes throughout its long history, but still maintains itself as one of Volkswagen’s most iconic cars. Probably only second to the movie star Volkswagen Beetle. The Golf is widely known as one of the best compact cars, offering a blend of practicality, reliability, and versatility that’s great for city driving, commuting, or as a second family car. There’s plenty of choice among the used Volkswagen Golf range too, with three standard variants and two performance models.
Volkswagen Golf models: what’s included
The Volkswagen Golf comes as a hatch or a wagon, with the hatch model being the more popular choice. Here’s what you need to know about the range:
Volkswagen Golf 110TSI Trendline
The Trendline is where the Volkswagen Golf range starts, which is fitted with a 1.4L petrol engine, 6-speed manual or 7-speed DSG transmission, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Some feature highlights include a leather multi-function steering wheel, rear view camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, parking sensors, LED tail lights and daytime driving lights, rain sensing wipers, and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring. On many used Volkswagen Golf Trendline models, you’ll also find the optional driver assistance package that includes safety features like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and lane assist. The Trendline offers a classy design, a clean layout of interior features, and a dependable drive across town.
Volkswagen Golf 110TSI Comfortline
Next is the Volkswagen Golf Comfortline, which changes up to 17-inch alloy wheels and 7-speed DSG transmission only. It adds keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, power folding door mirrors, and floor mats. Also offered with the driver assistance package, the VW Golf Comfortline packs in more value with convenient and comfortable features.
Volkswagen Golf 110TSI Highline
The Highline model adds standard features like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, park assist, a panoramic electric sunroof, Vienna leather-appointed seat trim, lane assist, and LED ambient lighting. The VW Golf Highline is a polished performer, with a straightforward drive that’s nice to live with.
Volkswagen Golf GTI
The VW Golf GTI model is technically in its own range, presenting a more performance-oriented package with a 2.0L petrol engine and 7-speed DSG. It features some highlights like active info display, 18-inch alloy wheels and adaptive chassis control, GTI body styling, sport style cloth seat trim, keyless entry and start, and adaptive cruise control. With a strong ‘hot hatch’ reputation, the Golf GTI is refined and handles well.
Volkswagen Golf R
Adding Volkswagen’s 4MOTION AWD, the R model also includes heated front seats, Vienna leather seat trim, R body styling, 19-inch alloy wheels, a larger 9.2-inch display screen, dark tinted rear windows, a panoramic sunroof, and premium audio system. The performance styling on the Golf R not only looks cool, but works great with the performance package under the hood.
How safe is a used Volkswagen Golf?
Volkswagen makes use of advanced active safety tech to create some of the safest cars in the market today. Across the Volkswagen Golf range, there are safety features like blind spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, lane assist, anti-lock braking system, and forward collision warning. Each Volkswagen Golf is also fitted with six airbags and door side impact protection beams, with a rigid safety cell that has front and rear crumple zones. These active and passive safety tech is what’s been keeping the Golf at the 5-star ANCAP rating mark for so long.
What are the benefits of buying a used Volkswagen Golf?
If you're looking for a practical and reliable compact car that won't break the bank, a used Volkswagen Golf might be a great choice. As one of the best-selling cars in the world, the Golf has a proven track record of durability and reliability. With such a long manufacturing history, you’ll find it easy to find plenty of used Volkswagen Golf hatches or wagons that work for you. You’ll also be skipping a new car’s initial depreciation on a used Volkswagen Golf, getting one for a more affordable price. Overall, a used Volkswagen Golf is a practical and reliable choice for those looking for great value in a compact car. With its solid build quality and proven longevity, it's no wonder why the Golf has remained a popular choice for decades.
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