- “Volkswagen's popular hatchback has long been an MT favorite, and I'm happy to report Volkswagen hasn't screwed it up for the seventh generation.” — Motor Trend
- “Performance rubber would make this car an impressive handler for the class.” — Motor Trend
- “Today's Mazda 3 and Ford Focus have nudged their way onto that particular stage, while Honda, Hyundai and Kia still take occasional swings at the Golf, albeit halfhearted ones.” — The Car Connection
- “The body feels stiff, the chassis firm, and the steering is as responsive as ever.” — Car and Driver
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