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Volkswagen Golf review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

It’s a case of ‘as you were’ for the Mk8 Golf, with first-rate levels of comfort and just enough practicality.

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

4.0 out of 5

£21,465 to £37,710
  • New mild-hybrid powertrain
  • Comfortable
  • Excellent safety levels
  • High list prices
  • Road noise and engine drone
  • Cabin doesn't feel as premium

Volkswagen has plenty of confidence in the five-door Golf’s capability to provide enough space and versatility for most customers’ needs. There’s no longer a three-door model and a fresh replacement for the slightly more spacious Golf SV is not on the cards. So, buyers will have a choice of the regular hatchback or an estate bodystyle, which is available later in 2020.

The Golf has excellent visibility for both the driver and passengers, mainly due to its practical shape compared to the sportier designs of the Mercedes A-Class and BMW 1 Series. There are also front and rear parking sensors as standard, which will help with tight parking manoeuvres, while you can add a reversing camera for an extra £300.

The steering wheel includes reach and rake adjustability, allowing you to grab the best driving position, while even the tallest driver should have enough headroom. If you need more space, you could always look to the cavernous Skoda Octavia.


The Mk8 Golf has grown a few centimetres in length over its predecessor. The five-door hatch is now 4,284mm long, 1,789mm wide (excluding mirrors) and 1,491mm in height.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

There’s ample space in the cabin for four adults to travel in comfort, with the new longer model offering a touch more room for rear passengers. Overall interior space is equal to the Ford Focus, but slightly behind the SEAT Leon.


There’s no revolution in boot size, either, with Volkswagen offering one extra litre of load capacity compared to the Mk7 Golf. Luggage space with the rear seats in the upright position is now 381 litres.

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