Specifications of Volkswagen Golf VIII 1.4 TSI (204 HP) eHybrid DSG
General characteristics of Volkswagen Golf VIII 1.4 TSI (204 HP) eHybrid DSG
From the point of view of sporty, spirited driving, the regular Volkswagen Golf hatchback isn't nearly as good as its Japanese competitors. This is due to its prioritization of comfort, and for the masses, that's the correct direction to go in. That also doesn't mean that the Golf is a lazy, wallowing hatch. It's still got pretty sharp and accurate steering, decent brakes, and a suspension setup that doesn't exaggerate body roll. Its ability to absorb small and medium bumps with aplomb is part of what makes it an attractive option in the segment, although some mid-corner corrugations can make the ride a little less composed. Still, as a fun city car and a long-distance cruiser, the Golf won't offend anyone. There's also a remarkably low level of tire and wind noise when you're on the freeway, and it's these small details that distinguish the German way of doing a hatch as opposed to most Japanese alternatives.
The Volkswagen Golf is aging, but it is doing so gracefully. It's still an attractive, safe, comfortable car that does all you really need. The manual gearbox can make the car fun to drive and the diminutive engine under the hood - although not fire-spitting - is more than adequate for the task set for it. The Golf is also well-equipped as standard and is no less affordable than it was for the 2020 variant. Economy and safety ratings are good too, and the cabin is both spacious and ergonomic. However, that's not always enough. We really like this car, and it used to be above reproach. It is to its segment what the BMW 3 Series and Mazda MX-5 Miata are to theirs - the class-leader. Unfortunately, its rivals are more advanced and more in keeping with the times, and unless you care little for tech, other options are certainly worth a test drive - especially those originating from the Land of the Rising Sun.