Right from the first door thunk, the Volkswagen Golf exudes a quality feel not found in your average econobox. The Golf has long been a cut above other small cars, being more fun to drive and finished like a more expensive German sedan. Redesigned for 2015, the latest example continues those virtues and then some, making it the best Golf yet.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Smooth effortless acceleration. Flat, stable handling. Precise steering. What a great handling vehicle. I also own a Mercedes B250E and the eGolf is a vastly superior vehicle."

Rick B., CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The car is very fun to drive, power is very good, handling is very good, acceleration is very good. The car is a pleasure. Note: This is a golf R."

William P., NC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"It's so much fun - torque at any speed. Everyone should have an electric car for round town use. Gas makes no sense after you have tried one of these."

John E., CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Turbo for quick acceleration, great handling on turns, manual transmission and shifting is smooth."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Power comes on at low RPM, more than you would ever need. Handling is excellent, corners well, and is very secure on the highway. Side winds appear to have no effect. Automated lights and wipers let you focus on the road."

Daniel-Irene S., VA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Very quick, handles great, lots of fun to drive. Quiet and comfortable too."

Remi L., NC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Fun to drive. Great combination of comfort and performance."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The handling is fantastic, assured. Cannot be better"

Anonymous, CO (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The car has more than adequate power for its size. It handles very well."

Michael W., WI (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The Golf R has a very comfortable (and adjustable ) ride, smooth and superior road handling, and plenty of power. I'm now sold on AWD for every season."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Really fast, great sticky summer tires, adjustable suspension lets you tailor the ride/handling characteristics"

R S., ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Acceleration is good and so is handling. I look forward to replacing the stock tires and wish it had an option for better tires when we leased the car."

Heather P., HI (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"I have the 2017 Golf R. The car has 292 hp and acceleration is very quick (4.7 sec 0-100 km/h). The various selectable handling modes (comfort, normal, race and custom) allow the driver to adjust handling and response to controls."

Anthony A., ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Very smooth handling. Fast acceleration. Feels secure with tight steering."

Margaret J., IL (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Outstanding driving dynamics. There is a reason the Golf won several car of the year awards and serves as a benchmark for its class. I have owned 18 cars over 28 years and the Golf is by far my favorite."

Robert P., LA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Nimble handling, responsive manual transmission, highway mileage in mid-forties, turbo offers strong acceleration when you need it!"

W E., MD (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"This car is a pleasure to drive. The braking is fantastic. Turning is on a dime. Acceleration is smooth and exciting. This is the best car I have ever had."

Anonymous, UT (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Smooth responsive handling. Just a fabulous car."

Emily H., CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Good acceleration and excellent handling"

Phillip P., CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"My e-Golf has great get up and go from a start. Merging onto the highway is easy as the car is very responsive. Cornering is flat and confident, the tires limit the ultimate level of grip but it is all very controllable."

Matthew E., ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Same and other Golf"

Robert A., AZ (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"responsive handling,"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"VW design philosophy is to make optimal torque throughout the lower rpm band, which is where it's needed for urban/suburban driving. My Golf has the 1.8L TSI motor and 6-speed DSG. The power output feels just as the specs state. The Golf has responsive torque output that feels pretty constant though its rpm range. The overall power is enough to compete with many V6 cars and depending on how the transmission is used the response can be enhanced. In normal automatic mode the computer is reasonably quick to downshift without smashing the pedal to the floor. This makes it nicer to drive in the 25-45+ mph range. Same applies at highway speeds, less effort, more control. At low speeds, demand for high acceleration may cause a delay as the computer decides to downshift, but once done the power comes on, without any perceived turbo delay. If you drive in "Sport-mode" the car is always in a lower gear, ready to accelerate seemingly at will. You will feel the torque with every twitch of your big toe. Its not a "Hemi" but it feels like you can point it and go. Of course the mileage goes down significantly in sport mode, but in heavy traffic or on mountain roads mileage is secondary. Handling is good even on base Golfs. Again, by design, it is intended to be a sportier car. The sacrifice is in the ride quality, which tends to be stiffer than non sporty cars or luxury cars. But the 2017 Golf is much improved in this regard over my 2008. Any thumping has also been quieted. The Golf can provide the driver with confidence in hard maneuvering. Transitions in the body lean are quick and steady. It feels stuck to the road in high speed or sudden hard turns. The ride quality vs handling can be mitigated by choice of wheel/tire. I compromised on a Golf with 16" wheels as the roads I drive are always in need of repair."

David P., CT (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Very sporty handling. Tight shifting with manual transmission."

Dean S., WI (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Strong excekeration from the 1.8 turbo and it handles like a dream. A lot of fun to drive."

William D., NC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Drives beautifully. Manual transmission, which I love, was very difficult to come by. VW now makes very few cars with manual transmission that simultaneously is nicely appointed. (You can get a manual in many models, but only in the stripped-down version.) This is a pity."

Anonymous, RI (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"It has a very sporty feel and driving experience considering the car's price point. Fun to drive."

Anonymous, DC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The e-golf drives like bigger car with little sway and smooth response to road bumps. The acceleration is of course instant which can come in handy. The handling is nimble with tires not providing as much traction as I would like. The benefit is they are low resistance which can add to the range of the vehicle battery."

Alberto A., CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Great acceleration, variable ride and handling modes provide great flexibility. Sports car handling or luxury car ride and quiet."

Anonymous, QC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Acceleration and brakes are excellent. Comfort is very limited because of the seats being too hard and somewhat ill designed."

Jean-Pierre E., TX (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Nothing drives like a German car, even if it is built in Mexico. The balance of ride comfort, handling and steering feel are that of a much more expensive car."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"previous comments apply here"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Great power delivery, handles corners well predictable near the limit. Good feel of what the tires are doing and absorbs bad pavement quite well. Time for an R"

Anonymous, BC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Hadels almost as well as previous ly owned 320 BMW for a fraction of cost."

Anonymous, SC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The car is very powerful. You have more power than you need for almost any situation. It has so much power than the manual transmission slows acceleration down versus the DSG automatic, but the manual is more fun to drive and less expensive. Handling is much better than other FWD based vehicles due to the light engine in front and AWD. Has adjustable modes to stiffen or lighten the ride."

T D., NY (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Acceleration is excellent once the turbo kicks in. Gearing is very long, giving good fuel economy and quiet operation at highway speeds."

Daniel P., NH (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Fantastic"

David R., ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Excellent handling, acceleration, excellent visibility, styling, value."

Richard F., NY (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"It drives really well. I wish it a bit more power, but then my fuel economy would suffer, I suppose. The 100 kW motor is much better than the 85 kW motor in my leased 2015 e-Golf. The 2017 (which I purchased and plan to run for 10-15 years at least) has good passing power at highway speeds and is REALLY quick to 30 mph (I think I could keep up with a Porsche 911 to 30 mph) but then slows down from 30 to 60 mph. The car is so serene to drive - I can have a conversation at normal volumes due the quiet drive train. The only bad item is a minor one - I use my iphone for navigation with Car Play. Instead of showing a destination button for EV charging stations, VW shows a button for gas stations - it's VW's fault because they should have programmed their interface a bit differently. I talked to VW but I don't get the sense they will fix it. At least I can ask Siri for a list of charging stations. I love the car also because the 36 kWh battery is a good size for my needs so that I can keep it charged in the 30% to 80% SOC most of the time to maximize battery life. I do miss the LED headlamps from my 2015 (this LE model has halogen units) and I may consider purchasing the OEM LED headlamps and swapping them in a few years. I don't drive a lot at night for now, so I'll keep it in mind. VW did a great job with this car. I do wish it had active thermal management for the battery pack, but I am very diligent about keeping the car cool and I rarely quick charge it, so I hope to get minimal degradation, and I'm happy that I don't have a nissan battery pack - VW purchased the cells in my car from Samsung SDI, and I trust them a lot more than Nissan for their chemistry technology."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The car handles well and can be quite peppy at higher speeds - not so much at lower speeds."

Michael R., LA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The Golf's transmission should provide smoother gear shifts at low speeds. I need to be especially gentle with the throttle for the first few miles to avoid abrupt low speed shifts with a cold engine ."

Anthony W., CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Hi love My car. Thank,you"

Yasmina M., QC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Everything is great, nothing is bad, The best car on the road for the money. A driver cars."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Extremely fast but easy to live with as a daily driver."

Anonymous, CO (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Golf basic model (1.8T) has ample acceleration and extremely enjoyable handling. Extremely good value at that price point."

Anonymous, AE (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Pickup is great"

Edward M., NJ (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Excellent. It’s a sleeper. Terrific driving value!"

Greg M., CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Great handling. Good acceleration at city speeds; more lethargic at highway speeds."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Road holding and steering are first rate, even though we purchased a TSI (i.e., base model) rather than a GTI."

Peter F., TX (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"very responsive handling"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"good ride, great handling , good acceleration in a high quality packag"

Anonymous, CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Driving and comfort experience is excellent."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Lots of pep. Nice ride, feels stable on the road."

Cheryl W., NV (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The car is light and stays well planted when it corners. Engine has plenty of power for quick acceleration in the hills."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Extremely quiet - Very good seats - Handles well"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"I am big and tall, the seats are tight as they should be. Comfortable. just wish the passenger seat had some more power functions. This is a golf R."

William P., NC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Very comfortable"

David R., ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Have seldom ever been able to adjust the power seat to obtain complete comfort in spite of the multiple adjustments. VW replaced the lower cushion and seat frame which improved the comfort but I still cannot adjust the seat for me. The passenger seat (not powered) is perfect. I'm average height/weight (5'11", 190 lbs). I like the power lumbar and backrest features of the VW seat but I do no like the seat cushion height/tilt."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Too much road noise on highways."

Robert H., AZ (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"For a small car the Golf does a great job of taming the lumpy streets of Seattle. Seats are comfortable for 3 hours at a time and noise level is reasonably low."

Anonymous, WA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The e-Golf is are really comfortable car. Quiet, smooth riding with great seats."

Matthew E., ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Seats are great, ride typical of a sports car, but it is a bit noisy on the highway"

Anonymous, CO (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The car rides well for such a small car. It also is relatively quiet riding and the engine does not make a lot of noise."

Michael W., WI (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Steady ride, comfortable, supportive seats, wonderful space in the hatchback!"

W E., MD (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"quiet car, seats could be wider at the upper shoulder/back area. the ride quality is very good. feels solid."

Anonymous, BC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"This is a very solid small car. It offers the comfort and security of a larger car. Well composed on the freeway."

Margaret W., CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The Golf is a great car on short and long trips but a little noisy inside the cabin."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The eGolf excels because all the excellent features of the standard Golf are retained, even down to the controls (shift lever etc.) Comfy seats. Ride is firm but not harsh, noise is n to as quiet as a luxury sedan, but it isn't as expensive either!"

John E., CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Extremely smooth and stable ride. Extremely quiet. Supportive and comfortable seats."

Rick B., CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Outstanding combination of comfort and handling. Quiet and solidly built."

Robert P., LA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"All around performance comfort and quality. Amazing value for the price. It is a 4 season sport scar."

Anonymous, QC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The bad thing is whe Re the disckettes ate located. Very e Asy to have an addicent. Otherwise I like ve my car."

Yasmina M., QC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Great comfort and support"

David R., ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I believe that the features, equipment, comfort, mpg, and performance of my Golf TSI Wolfsburg model are unmatched by any other car near its price range"

Anonymous, WA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Fuel economy on highway driving averages 40 - 47 mpg. 5 speed manual transmission is smooth. Safety electronics such as auto braking, lane detection and rear traffic alert work without being intrusive. I would like to be able to use google maps instead of Apple maps for navigation. Car net very useful feature for parked car location and remote locking."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Big discounts available, safety features standard with manual transmission/Wolfsburg édition."

Remi L., NC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"My Wolfsburg edition Golf has every comfort that I prefer to have in a car at a very reasonable price. Heated seats, moonroof, good audio system. My previous vehicle, a Chevrolet Cruze, didn’t have half the equipment for the same MSRP."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Nice all around vehicle. Nice styling, nice handling and priced right."

Anonymous, NV (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"I belueve we got a high level of quality for the price paid. No complaints from a quality standpoint."

William D., NC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"good handling, most safety features, sunroof"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Bought in November of last year, got an updated model for a good price."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"overall design, acceleration and handling are good, not much feel in the steering if any, gear box very notchy not always easy to pass/engage gears. My previous Golf was a Diesel, I do miss the gear box. It was much better than this gas model, adn the GPS was not available either."

Jean-Pierre E., TX (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Great Gas mileage, versatile, comfortable seating"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The golf sold well under sticker price, and was one of the least expensive cars out there. However it out performed stalwarts like Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Better handling, very comfortable interior, spirited performance, and excellent integration of Car Play. Plus it has several (but not all) automated safety features."

Daniel-Irene S., VA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"The build quality, handling and comfort great for the price paid."

Anonymous, SC (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Had all the options and features I wanted, and more, on the base model"

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"At under $20K I feel this basic model offers excellent value and many features that would have been extra in the past."

Daniel P., NH (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Feels and drives like a more premium value car. Good mileage for the power and price. Android Auto increases value."

Zach S., CT (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Gives the impression that it will last a long time. It remains as solid as the day I bought it."

Margaret W., CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"I bought the Wolfsburg Edition which was pretty well equipped for an incredibly low price. I think the diesel scandal allowed many people to get great discounts on VWs last year. I had sold my 2011 Jetta TDI back to VW in 2016 for around $18,000.00. I bought the golf about 5 months later for about $20,400.00. So far, so good."

Michael R., LA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Has it all in a useable hatchback. Good power, fine handling, exquisite interior, and quality materials and construction."

Daniel N., CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Value is a matter of getting what you want or need for the lowest cost. (I want it all!) The Golf is an excellent car where practicality, performance, economy and price are top concerns. Hatch body style can easily fit items, depending on shape, that might not appear to fit. The Interior is comfortable and easy to clean. Depending on how and where you drive it gets very good to excellent mileage and still has responsive power to go-go-GO! The handling and ride are on the sporty side, but the car feels solid to drive. It has all the safety features and I've seen pictures of crashed Golfs that show how rigid the passenger compartment is. The styling is not popular or even important, but the latest model is starting to look like a mini-crossover while still being larger than a Mini. Interior style options are limited to cloth or leather seating, but there are several wheel styles that could be had (for added cost) and VW offers many add-on accessories. VW tends to be priced higher than the competition, but when you compare all the features and undocumented qualities, it all adds up to the better value, in my opinion. Also, never pay sticker price, watch for year end deals or negotiate a deal if you can."

David P., CT (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Compared to a BMW 2 series, which I would have preferred if it was offered in 4 doors and hatchback, this car offers more power, more usable space, and is equipped with almost every safety and convenience option that VW offers. A BMW 2 series with all of this would probably cost almost $20K more."

T D., NY (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"If you want performance, this is it ... the ride is tight, as you expect .. you can't beat the DSG and this engine in this price range"

Anonymous, VA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Super buy, Wolfsburg edition with every option. Has great safety features, fun to drive and looks good."

Cheryl W., NV (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Golf has the features of a more expensive car. It is very well built of quality materials."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Terrrific in town mileage. Quiet and comfortable. Pretty state of the art (6 speed, turbo, etc). Quite a bit more current than a Corolla ..."

Peter F., TX (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"Good value for the money"

David R., ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"higher priced than competition but very good driving, comfort, and reliability."

Anonymous, ON (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

"This car is a very practical, economical car that is packed with safety features as well as excellent performance. It is like a Swiss army knife of cars. The Fit is similar in many ways but lacks safety features and comfort."

Lisa H., WA (2017 Volkswagen Golf)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. 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?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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