Best used Volkswagen Golf finance deals and offers 2019

The Golf looks expensive but with so many to choose from and used models lasting so well, there's no need to pay a high price for a good one

John Evans
Nov 8, 2019

There are cheaper hatchbacks than the Volkswagen Golf but none feels as well built, classy or competent. Volkswagen has had a long time to get the model just so (this is the seventh generation version) and it shows.

There’s a version for most tastes, from the modest entry-level S, through the affordable but desirable Match and SE models, the powerful GTD and GTI hot hatches, and the GTE plug-in hybrid, to the super-fast Golf R and all-electric e-Golf. Some versions are available in three-door form as well as the more common five-door body. 

Equipment levels are good and the interior is thoroughly well executed – tastefully designed, solid-feeling, easy to use on the move and roomy. Prices are on the high side - at least for newer models - but your reward is reasonably slow depreciation and willing buyers when it’s time to change. This also means that monthly payments if you go for PCP finance should be quite low, too.

There’s a huge range of engines to choose from. Leaving the powerful 2.0-litre engines in the GTI, GTD and R models to one side, the 125hp and 150hp 1.4 TSI petrol or newer 150hp 1.5 TSI Evo are a better choice than the 1.2 TSI, and the powerful but refined 2.0 TDI diesel better than the underwhelming 1.6 TDI, which has a five-speed gearbox as standard. An efficient 1.0 TSI petrol arrived in 2017 and that’s well worth looking out for if you want a particularly economical model, or don't need a particularly speedy Golf.

The optional DSG automatic gearbox is excellent: smooth, responsive and efficient. One thing to note is that low-powered 1.2 TSI and 1.6 TDI versions have a less sophisticated rear suspension system than more powerful ones - meaning they can't deal with rough roads quite as well - but you’ll barely notice it in normal driving.

BuyaCar has well over 1,500 used Golfs currently available, ranging in age from particularly new models to five-year old cars. This model was launched in 2013 and facelifted in 2017 when it gained a restyled nose and tail, some new interior materials, and the addition of a new 1.5 TSI Evo engine that can close down cylinders when cruising to save fuel. However, the two generations still look and feel very similar, so don't despair if your budget won't stretch to a facelifted version. If anything, it's the older 1.4-litre petrol engines that are smoother and provide stronger performance than the newer 1.5 TSI engines.

 

2019 VW Golf PCP offers

VW Golf S offers

This is the cheapest trim but doesn't skimp on kit with front electric windows, body-coloured electric mirrors, an electronic parking brake with hill-hold, a digital radio, a colour touchscreen display, phone connectivity, air-conditioning and split-fold rear seats all standard. Also standard is the Golf’s usual high quality feel. A shame it has steel wheels with hubcaps.

Engines are a mix of low-power 1.0 (later models), 1.2 and 1.4 TSI petrols, and a 1.6 TDI diesel. It’s a car pool model really but if you’re on a budget and your driving routine is undemanding, it’s ideal.

VW Golf
Nearly new VW Golf S

Buyacar prices from £12,450
Monthly finance from £178

VW Golf
Used VW Golf S

Buyacar prices from £7,899
Monthly finance from £138

VW Golf SE offers

Golf SE models bring some welcome features including alloy wheels, rear electric windows, adaptive cruise control and emergency city braking and boast a higher level of perceived quality over S trim thanks to features such as a leather covered steering wheel, too.

The SE may not have that much extra over the S, but it feels like a much more complete, desirable package than the basic-feeling S, so if you're on a budget, but don't want to skimp on too many things, SE models are a better choice.

VW Golf
Nearly new VW Golf SE

Buyacar prices from £13,999
Monthly finance from £200

VW Golf
Used VW Golf SE

Buyacar prices from £8,999
Monthly finance from £145

VW Golf Match offers

Mid-spec Match builds on SE with a richer feeling interior and even more equipment. Most notably there’s a front differential lock that sharpens the handling when cornering, front and rear parking sensors, folding mirrors with puddle lights, and a reverse-activated, dipping door mirror.

It also features a selection of driving modes – standard, sport, economy and individual – that enable you to adjust the car’s steering weight, and brake and throttle responses to suit.

The 150hp 2.0 TDI engine is a great partner here: powerful, smooth and economical but the 125hp 1.4 TSI petrol is more refined and, with the DSG automatic gearbox, very easy to drive.

Whatever the engine, the Match has a very comfortable and quiet ride, in part thanks to its relatively small alloy wheels, meaning more rubber between you and the road. Sportier versions with low-profile tyres are much less comfortable.

VW Golf Match Edition replaced Match in 2015. It differs from Match only in having a Discover Navigation system as standard. Individually, this system cost £1,100 but Match Edition cost only £100 more than Match, making it excellent value. If you don't want a particularly sporty model, this is a fantastic all-round option.

VW Golf
Nearly new VW Golf Match

Buyacar prices from £15,000
Monthly finance from £209

VW Golf
Used VW Golf Match

Buyacar prices from £7,650
Monthly finance from £124

VW Golf GT offers

GT brings a feeling of luxury with a sporty flavour in the shape of larger alloy wheels, lowered sorts suspension, ambient lighting, even more brushed silver inserts and chrome, and brighter tail lights. As a result, it's not quite as comfortable as Match versions, though.

GT Edition replaced GT trim in 2015, offering a panoramic sunroof and 18-inch alloy wheels, for £300 more. That's a small price for these extras, which individually typically cost far more than this.

However, this and GT are not as comfortable-riding as Match, which really is the best trim for most drivers.

VW Golf
Nearly new VW Golf GT

Buyacar prices from £15,288
Monthly finance from £220

VW Golf
Used VW Golf GT

Buyacar prices from £9,295
Monthly finance from £156

VW Golf R-Line offers

This trim has Golf R looks without the performance. It cost £995 more than the GT but adds a bodykit and even a discreet R badge on the grille. However, the wheels are only 17-inch and the exhaust has twin rather than quad tail pipes.

The interior is dark and moody alleviated by some splashes of alloy for the pedals and a sports steering wheel from the R. Have it with either the 150hp 1.4 TSI or 2.0 TDI.

We wouldn't bother, though. GT versions feel sporty enough for most drivers, while if you just want a sensible comfort-oriented Golf, the Match versions make even more sense.

VW Golf
Nearly new VW Golf R-Line

Buyacar prices from £16,500
Monthly finance from £241

VW Golf
Used VW Golf R-Line

Buyacar prices from £12,999
Monthly finance from £195

VW Golf GTD offers

The GTD provides hot hatch performance with lower running costs, as it's powered by a diesel engine. It’s a little more discreet than the GTI but almost as entertaining thanks, especially, to its strong overtaking acceleration. It’s also very relaxing to drive at motorway speeds.

Don't expect 1.6 TDI or even 2.0 TDI economy; nearing 50mpg is around the best it’ll manage in reality. Considering how impressive the 2.0 TDI is, we'd be tempted to stick with this, since it's not much slower and is enjoyable to drive, while the petrol GTI is far more exciting than the GTD.

The interior in the GTD is influenced by the GTI with check upholstery and lots of brushed metal detailing. Being a diesel, average mileages are higher than for the GTI but thanks to the model’s impressive build quality, even if you choose a model that has covered a reasonably high distance, it should still feel fresh.

VW Golf
Nearly new VW Golf GTD

Buyacar prices from £20,490
Monthly finance from £292

VW Golf
Used VW Golf GTD

Buyacar prices from £11,900
Monthly finance from £183

VW Golf GTI offers

There are quicker, more focused rivals including the Ford Focus ST but no hot hatch blends performance, comfort and usability quite like a Golf GTI. Earlier generations have occasionally missed the mark but the current seventh-generation version hits the target bang in the centre with strong performance, a high equipment level and the kind of discreet styling fans of the GTI appreciate.

Manual versions are a little more engaging but the DSG automatic gearbox is easily up to the job, too. SInce this is a capable fast car rather than an out-and-out sports car, many drivers will feel that the automatic actually suits the car better.

Over time, this GTI has spawned more powerful spin-offs including the Performance and TCR that’s almost as powerful as the R model, although unlike that car, it’s not four-wheel drive.

Nearly new VW Golf GTI
VW Golf
Used VW Golf GTI

Buyacar prices from £14,499
Monthly finance from £230

VW Golf GTE offers

This plug-in hybrid Golf is powered by a 150hp 1.4 TSI petrol engine and a 103hp electric motor. As a result, it’s slightly quicker than the GTD and not much slower than the GTI, although thanks to its higher weight, not quite as fun to drive as either.

But of course, that’s not its point. What is, is its low emissions (it costs nothing to tax) and decent fuel economy, plus its ability to travel for up to 30 miles on electric power alone. The management system that juggles between petrol and electric power is extremely impressive. Make sure you plug in regularly, though, as otherwise you'll get barely any better fuel economy than going for a conventional petrol model.

As a new car, it’s aimed at company car drivers looking to reduce their tax burden. However, private buyers can benefit from its pure electric range, too. On top of that it comes well equipped with climate control and smart, blue-check, GTI-style seats.

Nearly new VW Golf GTE
VW Golf
Used VW Golf GTE

Buyacar prices from £14,799
Monthly finance from £215

VW Golf R offers

If the GTI isn't quite quick or entertaining enough for you, there’s always the Golf R. Its 300hp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and four-wheel drive system puts it head to head with rivals including the Ford Focus RS and Audi RS3. However, in true Golf tradition, it looks classier and more discreet than all of them.

Initially, it was offered with a manual gearbox but later the automatic - with launch control that can reduce acceleration times -  became standard. This is a far more exciting car than the GTI. Therefore, if you want a more engaging drive, it's definitely worth hunting down a manual model.

It may look discreet but it still has a bodykit, LED tail lights and lowered sports suspension plus arch-filling alloy wheels. The interior is a blend of GTI and luxury car. It’s still roomy in there but the boot is smaller than in standard versions due to the presence underneath of the car’s four-wheel-drive mechanicals.

VW Golf
Nearly new VW Golf R

Buyacar prices from £26,490
Monthly finance from £354

VW Golf
Used VW Golf R

Buyacar prices from £15,000
Monthly finance from £230

VW e-Golf offers

Like the rest of the Golf range, this all-electric Golf was updated in 2017. Crucially, its driving range was one of the things to benefit, rising from 119 miles to 186 miles (expect 130 miles in the real world). In addition, it can be charged from zero to 80% capacity at a fast-charging point in just 45 minutes, although it still takes four hours on a home charger.

At the same time, power rose from 115hp to 135hp. It feels more lively as a consequence and sprightlier than other mainstream rivals including the Nissan Leaf. Consequently, if you fancy an e-Golf, it's worth tracking down a more recent model.

Perhaps its biggest advantage over other electric vehicles, though, is its conventional Golf looks. Apart from its badging and special wheels, it’s identical to other Golfs. It’s just as roomy in the back, too, because the electric motor is at the front, where the engine would be.

Staying with the interior, it’s more exciting here than a conventional Golf thanks to features such as 12.3-inch digital display that sits in place of traditional dials and which lets you prioritise things like range and local charging points.

VW Golf
Nearly new VW e-Golf

Buyacar prices from £21,000
Monthly finance from £278

VW Golf
Used VW e-Golf

Buyacar prices from £19,000
Monthly finance from £278

 

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