VW Golf Match revealed: more kit for not much cash

3 Jul, 2014 11:19am Oliver Kew

New Volkswagen Golf Match replaces Golf SE, adding new alloy wheels and a heap of extra convenience kit at no extra cost

VW has killed off the mid-range Golf SE and replaced it with the Golf Match, which adds a few more toys to the specification at no extra cost from the SE.

The new VW Golf Match is priced from £19,680 for the three-door version, powered by a 120bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine with cylinder-deactivation and a manual gearbox. The Match wears a new set of 16-inch ‘Dover’ alloy wheels, but it’s the extra kit that’s more enticing.

As standard on the Golf Match, VW is throwing in front and rear parking sensors, and a ‘mirror pack’, which includes auto-fold door mirrors with puddle lights. The Golf Match also has standard-fit front foglights, though xenon headlights remain cost options.

There’s nothing new to play with inside the Match, so you still get a 5.8-inch touchscreen with DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and air-conditioning. Above and beyond the entry-level Golf S, Match buyers also get adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, automatic wipers and lights and VW’s ‘Driver Profile’ selector, which lets drivers tailor their engine and steering behaviour between Eco, Normal and Sport modes.

Two turbodiesel engines, a 1.6 TDI with 104bhp and a 148bhp 2.0 TDI are also available for the Golf Match, which can be ordered now for September 2014 delivery.

An equivalent Audi A3 three-door with the same 1.4-litre engine is £100 cheaper than the Golf Match at £19,580, but does without rain-sensing wipers and dusk-sensitive lights. The cheapest petrol-powered Mercedes A-Class, meanwhile, is a full £20,045, but its premium is somewhat offset by the fact it’s only available as a more practical five-door.

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Presumably they're called 'Dover' because Golf "styling" is so 'sole' destroying...

the sick person here is you
something about the vag group and there is always some stupid comment of you
you may like ford, so thanks vw to give tecnologies of engines and platforms
vw may not be the best brand, but is one to be respected to what they bring to the world, and for what they have done for others brand, like mercedez, honda, hyundai, FORD, and so on

Since when did 16 inch alloys look as big on a real Golf as they do in that picture?! Is that legal? They've obviously enhanced that picture to make the wheels look bigger, thus the car look more sporty.

Skoda did the same thing with pictures of the Rapid Connect SE - it came with 16 inch alloys but the picture made them look like 18 inch!

Isn't some governing body supposed to be protecting the consumer from this blatant mis-representation of goods?!

Actually it's nice to see that Miguel has been pretty neutral just recently.

Long may it stay that way.

Here here! And does he HAVE TO SHOUT!

There are disclaimers in the brochures, they do state not UK spec, as most brochures are international now, and because the UK is the awkward country of Europe and drives on the wrong side of the road, it's cheaper to produce one brochure and translate it for each country, rather than show each countrys specs/wheel sizes etc.

If you don't know anything about cars buy a golf. It's boring and dull to drive but at least you will have a premium image.

Not for me either. Who with a pulse, a brain, would buy that tedious box? Just think of the many more interesting ways to spend that sort of cash. But if your not that into cars I suppose its fine!

I'm only in my 20s but it seems as though car prices have gone through the roof in recent years. I know it's to do with inflation etc but £19,000 for a three-door mid-range Golf? I drive a DS3 and have noticed that with the latest revisions, the car I bought 1 year ago, now costs about £2,500 more, thanks to a set of new headlights. Bonkers! It'll soon be the norm for all mid-sized cars to be priced upwards of £20,000, all whilst people's wages don't keep up with the rate of inflation.