2016 Volkswagen Golf Walk Around

The Golf has grown more rounded over the years, but its basic shape is still upright and crisp. The long, nearly flat roof permits ample rear headroom and cargo space, though it’s not as sexy as the sloping tops worn by some competitors. While the Golf looks handsome and confident, there’s nothing dramatic to see. The styling is as sensible as it gets in this class.

The GTI gets some visual tweaks to complement its sportier performance, including aerodynamic side skirts, a rear spoiler, and dual chrome tailpipes. The sport suspension reduces overall height slightly. The Golf R looks the same, except for its special badging and quad exhaust outlets. Both the GTI and R get their own wheels designs.


The conservative styling theme carries over to the inside, which features clean, angular shapes and well-defined controls. Most surfaces are covered in soft, nicely grained materials. Light metallic trim helps brighten the otherwise black dash and console. The mood is subdued and sporty, not unlike German cars costing far more.

The relatively boxy body provides impressive head and shoulder room for this class. Front passengers will be plenty comfortable on long trips, and the back feels spacious enough for a pair of full-size adults. You get a 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, and an exceptional 52.7 cubic feet with it folded. If that’s not enough, there’re always the wagon, officially called SportWagen, with a total of 66.5 cubic feet, which bests many compact crossovers.

The GTI and Golf R get a sport steering wheel and shift knob, red ambient lighting, and upgraded instrumentation. Seats are clad in tartan fabric instead of the solid cloth or leatherette used everywhere else in the lineup.

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