Volkswagen Golf Mk7 used review: the best Golf EVER?

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Published on 19 Jul 2022, 16:07
Vicki Butler-Henderson explains how to buy the best used Volkswagen Golf (Mk7) that you can afford.

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There's no doubt that the Volkswagen Golf has earned its place at the front of the family hatchback pack. Over 45 years and eight generations it's been a mainstay in the sector, and the seventh-generation model was arguably the best of the bunch.

The Mk7 Golf was launched in 2013 and received a facelift in 2017, but all versions pack the model’s trademark quality, practicality and user-friendly tech. Other strong points include its classy and understated looks, peerless refinement and a wide variety of bodystyles and engines with varying levels of performance and economy. It offered safe yet engaging handling and excellent ride comfort, while a variety of driving aids made it extremely safe yet reasonably enjoyable to drive.

The Golf has always been slightly more expensive to buy than its closest rivals, but used examples hold on to their value like few other mainstream family hatchbacks, so it’s a car that makes sense to the head and the heart. Its appeal is further broadened by the availability of stylish three-door models and even more practical five-door estate versions. Here's Vicki Butler-Henderson to explain how to bag the best used example possible.

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