What’s The Best Golf For You?
- Golf S
- Golf SE
- Golf SE Navigation
- Golf GT
- Golf R-Line
- Golf GTD
- Golf GTI
- Golf GTE
- GTE Advance
- Golf E
- Golf R
One of the most desirable cars on sale today is the Volkswagen Golf. It exudes a classless, sophisticated image. There are not many motors that can claim to look like they belong in just about any location – but the Volkswagen Golf is one of them. There are however, many, many combinations that a Golf can come in, so we’re going to help decipher that a little with this handy guide.
Petrol or Diesel?
Depending on the number of miles you travel, you might not be going far enough to reap the benefits of a diesel engine. Furthermore, if you’re somebody who makes frequent short journeys, diesel could prove to be the wrong choice altogether. A happy compromise may come in the form of VW’s excellent 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol engine, this returns an easy 40mpg+ and is cheaper to buy than a diesel engine. We say if you’re doing under 13,000-miles a year, this is the sensible choice for a Golf.
There are currently 11 different trim levels available for the VW Golf, and do keep in mind there’s often the option of a DSG automatic gearbox to go with these cars, too.
Probably the trim level that makes the least sense to buy due to its lack of residual value and equipment. A very basic model – but you still get Bluetooth and DAB.
Where the Golf really starts to get appealing, this is the true ‘entry-level’ for most buyers. Front and rear parking sensors and handy adaptive cruise control are included on this model, there’s also automatic lights and wipers.
As above, but fitted with a satellite navigation system and automatic emergency braking to sweeten the deal.
The best thing about the GT model is that the attractive 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine comes in at this level, which is one of the best engines for the car. Ambient lighting inside is a little luxurious touch.
R-Line is the standard Golf putting on a short-skirt. It is a sporty styled version of a normal Golf with a couple of extras thrown in on top – stainless steel pedals and R-Line sporty seats for example.
The first of the ‘GT’ cars – the GTD is the diesel version and it packs a powerful 184ps 2.0-litre diesel engine under the bonnet. This delivers impressive performance and economy figures. Just keep in mind that you can’t have both when it comes to driving.
The GTI is a historic performance model in the world of motoring, and the powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine makes sure the driver always has enough clout on tap for a truly exciting ride. A great name in motoring history, and a top car to drive.
The GTE is the newest of the ‘GT’ cars in the Golf line-up. It uses a petrol engine and electric motors to produce a powerful yet efficient car. VW claims it’ll do over 160mpg, but if you can do that we will give you a big shiny medal. This is best thought of as a powerful eco-car rather than a performance model like the GTI.
A rather needless addition to the Golf range which is just a GTE with extra toys thrown in on top.
When you take away all forms of combustion engine you get the e-Golf – an all-electric Golf that only uses the power of the blue spiky stuff to get you from A to B.
‘R’ is the Golf turned up to 11. Full-fat, no holds-barred, all-out performance.310ps on tap, and a nifty 4WD system to help you put it all down onto the tarmac. A serious car for serious drivers.
The verdict, from Carsnip’s Editorial Chief, Tim Barnes-Clay:
I had two Golfs. One was a D reg 1.6CL and the other was an F reg 8-valve Golf GTI. I loved them. And I want an R now. Forget electric and go ‘full fat’. That’s my opinion – but you don’t need to take notice of it!