Although German cars are known for their excellent engineering, the Volkswagen Golf is in a class of its own. Since its first appearance in 1974, the Golf is a common appearance the world over. It is popular for its good build and robust performance that come at affordable price. Just why is the Volkswagen Golf so popular?
The Golf has an ergonomic interior with leather upholstery. The chairs and steering wheel are very adjustable for a comfortable driving position. The height of the seats is also adjustable for a good vantage point. The wide windows and narrow pillars give views that are only seen in higher SUVs.
Spacious cargo holds
All Golf versions have spacious cargo holds that are not found in hatchbacks of the same size. The classic Golf comes with 52.7 cubic feet of cargo hold, while the SportWagen comes with 66.5 cubic feet of cargo hold that is only rivaled by vans. These higher loads are capably by engines with good pulling power.
The Golf gave the world the sporty GTI, a racy hatchback that showed that functional family cars do not have to be boring. The Golf R churns out 290HP of torque which is good enough to go toe to toe with racier SUVs like the Subaru Forester.
All current Golf models come with rear parking sensors and autonomous braking for city and built-up areas which kick into action when the sensors detect an impending accident. The Golf also features seven airbags.
The most favorite engine must be the 1.4 liter TSI 125 engine. It has been praised for smooth and strong performance while keeping the ride quiet. All Golf engines are well suppressed keeping the interior very quiet.
Stability and handling
Along with racy performance comes superior handling. The Golf will remain firmly planted even when cornering at speed. The sporty GTI and R versions have drive-mode select which gives choice between normal relatively hands-free driving, and sporty mode with more excitable handling while remaining very stable.
The Golf model has a version for everyone. There is the classic Golf that is a spacious hatchback for everyday family use. There is the Golf GTI which is for the younger family people who want some oomph from their everyday car. There is the e-Golf which is for those who believe in doing something for the environment. The true racer has the Golf R with its monstrous engine matching those of top range SUVs.