We have the new generation, turmeric yellow, 2022 Volkswagen Golf Life hatch to test with our family! This is a fantastic five-seat hatchback for families so let's see how this vibrant new Golf Life model stacks up in our BabyDrive testing…
The Volkswagen Golf is a great five-seat hatch as a BabyDrive! For a family of up to five, this would be a very comfortable and practical family car.
In the rear seats, there are ISOFix points in the two outer seats and top tether anchorages on the back of all three rear seats.
I am able to fit three Infasecure child seats across the rear seats. I installed the Infasecure Roamer II, Infasecure Versatile folding booster seat in the middle and the Infasecure Achieve More child seat rear-facing.
With just the two outer Infasecure child seats installed in the back seats, I could just sit between them and I'm 162cm tall.
We found legroom to be quite good in the VW Golf Life and with rear-facing child seats installed in the back a 180cm driver could fit or a 186cm front passenger.
A 186cm driver could fit in front of a forward-facing Infasecure child seat.
The interior of the VW Golf is neat and tidy, although I thought some of the plastic surfaces felt a bit cheap to the touch compared with previous Golfs I have driven. There are air-conditioning vents across the front dash as well as in the back of the central console so the rear passengers are comfortable too.
Storage is great in the VW Golf, especially in the back where there are map pockets on the back of both front seats and smaller pockets too great for kids' toys, phones and books!
In the front storage is good too with practical size cup holders for coffee cups, a phone charging tray and net and generous size glove box.
Door bins in the front and back are lined so anything in there will not rattle around while you are driving.
When it comes to the boot storage, the boot floor drops down about 10cm which makes it a really practical size boot for fitting prams or your family dog.
A twin pram will fit nicely in the boot of the VW Golf Life or 10 shopping bags when it's empty. That is comparable to the Hyundai i30, Mazda3 and Honda Civic that also hold 10 shopping bags. The Toyota Corolla holds nine bags and the Kia Cerato, Subaru Impreza and Ford Focus all hold 11 shopping bags.
The VW Golf life is a super sporty, agile and fun car to drive with and without your family on board! It has a good turning circle too and it's nice and easy to manoeuvre and park in school and supermarket car parks as well as being fun out on the open roads.
The dash of the new VW Golf is really clean and minimal, all the buttons you are used to finding littering the dashboard are now neatly within the media system, which is easy to use and navigate with some nice features within it too, like being able to easily customise your sound settings…
…or your driver assist settings.
The 2022 VW Golf Life has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too.
The reversing camera image is nice and clear and fills the screen giving you great visibility when parking and manoeuvring.
I love driving the 2022 VW Golf Life with my family of four; it carries everything we need, there is good legroom for all on board and it fits our Infasecure child seats and pram nicely, with a comfortable and practical amount of space for everything else daily family life requires. Importantly for us, the Golf is a fantastic car to drive, so we both found it enjoyable and fun when the kids weren't on board!!
The Volkswagen Golf Life was given a five-star ANCAP safety rating and has six airbags as standard. (You can read more details about the safety in the VW Golf in the expandable Safety section below).