Consumer Reports

Volkswagen Golf Reviews from Consumer Reports

Indicates subscriber only content
Volkswagen Golf Reviews

The Volkswagen Golf is a 2-door hatchback, 4-door hatchback offered in a 4dr HB Auto TSI SEL, 4dr HB Auto TSI SE, 2dr HB Man TSI, 4dr HB Man w/DCC/Nav, 2dr HB Man TSI S, 4dr HB Auto TSI S, 4dr HB Man, 4dr HB Man TSI S, 2dr HB Auto TSI, 2dr HB Auto TSI S, 4dr HB SE, 4dr HB DSG, 4dr HB Auto TSI S w/Sunroof, 4dr HB SEL Premium and 4dr HB DSG w/DCC/Nav. The powertrains include 0.0-liter electric (115 hp), 1.8-liter 4 turbo (170 hp), 2.0-liter 4 turbo (292 hp) and 2.0-liter 4 turbodiesel (150 hp) engines, and 1-speed direct, 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual and 6-speed sequential transmissions. It is Front or AWD wheel drive. EPA-rated fuel economy ranges from 25 mpg city to 36 mpg highway. The Golf uses Regular fuel.

Competing models include Hyundai Elantra, Subaru Impreza, Kia Soul and Mazda3.

Last Model Reviewed: 2015

Reviewed Volkswagen Golfs from Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has placed the following models through over 50 tests at our test track:

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf hatchback SE 4-cyl
  • 2010 Volkswagen Golf hatchback 2.5 5-cyl
  • 2008 Volkswagen Golf hatchback S 5-cyl

Subscribers get complete access to Volkswagen Golf Ratings. Subscribe Now

Owner's Satisfaction Survey

Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?"


Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is the vehicle's published retail (base) price, without options, destination charge, or other fees. The Invoice Price is printed on the dealer's paperwork from the manufacturer. However, this amount is often more than the dealer actually paid for the vehicle. The Consumer Reports Bottom Line Price subtracts any dealer sales incentives, holdbacks, and rebates from the dealer-invoice price to give you a good starting point for your negotiations.

Reliability History & Common Problems


How are cars holding up? The reliability history charts give you the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on 1.1 million vehicles in our latest subscriber survey, these charts give you a rundown on how 2004 through 2013 models are holding up in 17 areas, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. Learn more about car Reliability