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Volkswagen has sold more than 30 million Golfs since 1974, with buyers attracted by solid build quality, a broad range of engines and appealing designs. Official prices can be high, but you can find large discounts online.
The evergreen Volkswagen Golf has sold in huge numbers since its inception and it has evolved into a spacious, high quality medium hatchback offered in a wide range of models to suit all tastes and budgets. With everything from super frugal diesel engines to brawny turbocharged petrols fitted under the bonnets of sleek hatchbacks and practical estates, you’re sure to find a Golf that suits your needs.
Prices are higher than some rivals, but strong residual values mean you’re likely to get back a large proportion of the premium when you come on to resell your car. The seventh generation of the Golf is larger, more luxurious and more efficient than before, seating four passengers in comfort and a fifth at a push. Thanks to impressive official fuel economy figures, fuel bills should be low too.
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Top choice diesel Volkswagen Golf for under £20,000
Our favourite Golf is the 2.0 TDI SE five-door thanks to its combination of economy, performance and equipment. Following a discount of £2,639 you can buy this Golf for just £19,811. This 150bhp model officially returns 68.9mpg, while performance is impressive with a 0-62mph time of just 8.6 seconds.
As for equipment, SE spec includes 16-inch alloy wheels, a digital radio, automatic windscreen wipers and an adaptive cruise control that maintains a safe distance behind the vehicle in front, making for relaxing motorway driving. The car is also packed with safety kit and can even stop automatically around town if it senses that you are going to crash.
£2,753 discount on petrol Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI GT
If you’d prefer a petrol model, the 1.4 TSI GT five-door could be yours for £20,642 – a saving of over £2,700. Thanks to a strong turbocharged engine, acceleration is brisk with a 0-62mph time of 8.4 seconds, though official fuel economy is also impressive at 58.9mpg.
In GT spec, this model has all the same kit as the diesel above, but adds larger 17-inch alloy wheels and sports suspension plus sports seats. You also get satellite navigation with European maps, and it has the ability to read road signs and display the speed limit onscreen. Parking sensors front and rear make getting into tight spaces a doddle too.
Brand new Volkswagen Golf 1.2 TSI 105 S for just £15,990
If you’d rather spend a little less, the Golf 1.2 TSI 105 S three-door could be yours for under £16,000 following a £1,740 discount from Nationwide Cars. Despite its small engine this Golf can accelerate to 62mph in 10.2 seconds and it returns a decent official fuel economy figure of 57.6mpg.
This entry level model misses out on alloy wheels, however you do get a digital radio, CD player and iPod connectivity, plus manual air conditioning and a trip computer.
Hot Car Deals:
- Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI SE 5dr – £19,811 at Carfile
- Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI GT 5dr – £20,642 at Carfile
- Volkswagen Golf 1.2 TSI 105 S 3dr – £15,990 at Nationwide Cars
Hot Car Deal hunters please note:
- The car brokers and deals featured are not vetted, endorsed or recommended by Which?. Always check the specifics of the deal so you know exactly what you are getting and who is supplying the car. Make sure all aspects of the deal are confirmed in writing before committing to buy.
- Not all brokers deal in UK sourced vehicles, and this may have an impact on standard equipment and warranty levels.
- The term ‘pre-reg’ or ‘pre-registered’ refers to vehicles that are brand new but already registered with the DVLA. This means that you will appear as the second owner on the V5 registration document.
- Beware of unscrupulous brokers who tell you they will have to retain the V5 registration document for a period of time after your purchase of the car. Vehicles sold this way may be cheap, but there are legal implications, including the risk that you the buyer could be committing a criminal offence when you drive the car, so they should be avoided.