Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf has been around since 1974 and is now in its seventh series. It has a justified reputation for being reliable, well built and desirable, the latest Golf is evolution personified, it retains the distinctive Golf look but subtle changes make this the biggest and best Golf yet. The extra 56mm in length and 13mm in width are used to excellent effect, up front the driver and passenger have increased legroom and are separated by an extra 31mm. Rear passengers have extra leg and shoulder room and Volkswagen have even managed to increase the boot by 30 litres. The latest Golf is 100kg lighter making it better to drive and more economical. The Ford Focus is still the best handling car in this class, the Hyundai i30 is the best value and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta better looking but the Golf makes for the perfect all-rounder.


The cheapest version of the Golf is the S, which comes with air-conditioning, front electric windows, an 8-inch touchscreen with digital radio and a Bluetooth hands-free phone connection. We reckon it’s worth upgrading to the SE model, though, because this adds 16-inch alloy wheels, power folding wing mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, electric rear windows (on five-door models) and an adaptive cruise control system that keeps you a set distance from the car in front. However, if you want satnav as well you’ll need to opt for SE Navigation. The GT version of the Golf also comes with satnav, 17-inch wheels and sports suspension, but this and the sporty looking R-Line model are a bit pricey.


The two petrol engines are a three cylinder six speed 1.0 litre with 108bhp that offers over 58.9 miles per gallon and a very respectable 0-62 mph time of 10.1 seconds or a 1.4 litre petrol offering 122 brake horse power that will get you to 62 mph in 9.3 seconds and to a top speed of 126 miles per hour, it offers economy of 54.3 mpg. The two diesel units are 1.6 litre 115bhp with 5 manual gears and the 2.0 litre 150bhp, both are quiet and smooth and offer an excellent blend of power and economy, 68.9 mpg for the smaller diesel.  The Excellent seven speed DSG automatic gearbox is available across the range and has minimal effect on power or economy.

 Autumn Best Buy – Golf  ‘SE Nav’ petrol 1.0 tsi (108bhp) 6 speed Manual 3 or 5dr  –  £49 Advance Payment (£59.74 wpms) or £349 (£61.74 wpms) as Automatic 5 door

 Autumn Best Buy  – Golf  ‘SE Nav’ diesel 1.6 (115bhp) 5 speed Manual 5dr   –  £449 Advance Payment (£62.40 wpms) or £649 (£63.74 wpms) as Automatic

 Autumn Best Buy  – Golf  ‘GTD’ 2.0 Diesel (184bhp) Manual 3 or 5dr   –  £1999 Advance Payment (£946 wpms) or £2599 (£1546 wpms) as Automatic