What can a Volkswagen Golf do that other cars cannot do as well? It’s remains a more comfortable, more upmarket, and more dynamic car to drive than a mainstream Japanese or South Korean car, but without the really high price of an Audi A3, BMW 1 Series or Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
The Golf’s most direct competition actually comes from Skoda, its sister brand from within the Volkswagen Group. The Skoda Kamiq and Skoda Scala are both new-ish and within shouting distance of the VW Golf in Singapore, both literally and figuratively considering how the showrooms are in the same building. Also packed with current-gen tech, the Skodas have long given the slightly more upmarket Volkswagen brand a good run for their money.
The fact that the Golf is so clean on emissions also nets it a VES A2 rating, which automatically gives it a S$15k rebate, has helped make it sightly cheaper than expected, or else you could be staring at a higher price tag.
There are plenty of smaller cars for less money and maintenance costs, though if you’re in the market for a Volkswagen Polo or even Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid, you’re unlikely to be shopping for a car the size of a Volkswagen Golf, and the higher pricing of the luxury Germans probably puts you back here.
In fact, we’d say that if you have your eyes on a Golf, it’s not likely you’ll want anything else. And if you don’t know what the hoo-hah about the Golf is, as long as you’re not looking for tremendous room it has pretty much everything a driver could want: You’re on course for the clean design, the no-fuss ergonomics and living experience, the excellent dynamic balance and efficiency. That the Golf now adds mild hybrid tech under the bonnet, and more obvious in-cabin tech is just part of the evolution.
Volkswagen Golf 1.5 eTSI
|Engine||1,498cc, inline four, turbocharged|
|Power||150hp at 5000-6000rpm|
|Torque||250Nm at 1500-3500rpm|
|VES Banding||A2 / -S$15,000|
|Price||S$132,900 with COE|
|Verdict||Classy, stylish, and modern, the popular German hatchback looks scheduled to maintain that popularity with its essential capable-ness now even more improved|