Volkswagen Golf GTI (2012-2019) review - Reliability and Safety

The Golf has a top five-star crash rating and performs strongly in our Driver Power survey

The Golf GTI gets the same five-star Euro NCAP rating as the standard Golf – a result that’s partly thanks to the curtain and driver's knee airbags and stability control, which are both standard. Plus, it has an autonomous emergency braking system that will automatically apply the anchors if the car senses an imminent low-speed collision.

The Golf was independently crash tested in 2012, when NCAP awarded it 94 per cent for adult occupant safety, 89 per cent for child occupant safety, 65 per cent for pedestrian safety and 71 per cent for safety assist systems. The Ford Focus tested in the same year scored 92, 82, 72 and 71 per cent. 

The VW Golf has built up an enviable reputation for reliability over the 30 odd years it’s been in production, even if the emissions scandal has tarnished the image more than a little. 

The company also scored a respectable fifth place finish in our 2018 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. The Golf did brilliantly, too, finishing in 18th place – with particularly strong ratings for ride and handling, reliability, and safety. Just 7.5 per cent of respondents said their car had ever gone wrong.

Warranty

The Volkswagen Golf comes with a fairly unremarkable warranty offering three years of cover with a 60,000-mile limit in the third year. It’s pretty standard fare, but the Renaultsport Megane does better with four-year cover and a 100,000 mile cap. 

Servicing

Pick one of the fixed menu-priced schemes from your VW dealer and you can cover basic servicing costs from as little as £16 per month. If you want to extend cover to include consumables like spark plugs and tyres then you’ll have to pay a bit more. All prices look competitive though.

Have you considered?

Cupra Leon TSI 300: long-term test review
Cupra Leon long termer - final report header
Cupra Leon

Cupra Leon TSI 300: long-term test review

Final report: we’ve got mixed emotions as the Cupra Leon hot hatch leaves our fleet
3 Mar 2022
Volkswagen Golf GTI review
VW Golf GTI - Mk8
Volkswagen Golf GTI Hatchback

Volkswagen Golf GTI review

The Volkswagen Golf GTI remains a tremendous all-rounder with its typically sophisticated take on the hot hatch formula
20 Jan 2022
New Cupra Leon Estate 2021 review
Cupra Leon Estate - front
Cupra Leon

New Cupra Leon Estate 2021 review

The new 306bhp Cupra Leon Estate has arrived in the UK, but is it worth its premium price tag?
14 Jul 2021

Most Popular

Best motorhomes 2022: the top 5 picks for all budgets
Chausson motorhome
Tips & advice

Best motorhomes 2022: the top 5 picks for all budgets

In the market for a new motorhome? Here are our top-five recommendations...
18 May 2022
New all-electric Volkswagen Aero B saloon to rival Tesla Model 3
Volkswagen Aero B exclusive image - front
Volkswagen

New all-electric Volkswagen Aero B saloon to rival Tesla Model 3

The new four-door VW Aero B EV could come with up to 435 miles of range and our exclusive images preview how it could look
20 May 2022
New Kia Niro EV prototype review
Kia Niro EV  prototype - front
Kia Niro

New Kia Niro EV prototype review

We get behind the wheel of a pre-production prototype version of the 201bhp Kia Niro EV
22 May 2022