The German company has opened the order books on these shores, with a handful of variants on offer from the start. Although Volkswagen is promising more options later in the year, the family favourite arrives with a choice of two trim levels and four engines.
For now, prices start at £23,875, and that gets you the ‘Life’ version with a 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 128bhp. Expected to be the best-selling version, the Life comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, front and rear parking sensors, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Life models also come with an eight-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system, automatic lights and wipers, and cloth upholstery. VW’s digital instrument cluster, though, is the highlight, replacing traditional dials with a customisable 10.25-inch screen.
If you want, you can spend a little more to upgrade the engine to a more powerful 148bhp 1.5-litre, or a 2.0-litre diesel. Both come with six-speed manual gearboxes, but the latter gets a less impressive 113bhp output.
Or you could spend your hard-earned cash on the more luxurious Design model. That car gets larger 17-inch alloys, plus “sports comfort” seats and three-zone climate control. The dash is also adorned with “Luxury Brown Wood”.
And the higher-spec Golf gives you the option of a fourth engine. It’s another 2.0-litre diesel, but it comes with 148bhp and a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
Naturally, Volkswagen will be introducing more engines – including a 1.0-litre petrol – as 2020 marches on, and more trim levels are on the way, too. There will also be obligatory GTI, R and Estate versions of the popular model.