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 Match trim 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. The GT version of the Golf also comes with sat nav, 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 113bhp that offers over 58.9 miles per gallon and a very respectable 0-62 mph time of 10.1 seconds or a super new 1.5 litre petrol offering 130bhp called EVO which can reach 62 mph in 9.1 seconds and to a top speed of 130 miles per hour, it offers economy of 56.5 mpg as a six speed manual or 57.6 as a 7 speed dual clutch Automatic (DSG), this engine is also available with 148 bhp which does not dent the economy but reaches 62mph in a hot hatch time of 8.3 seconds.  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 Golf is being cleared to make way for the new model that arrives later this year, prices are patchy to say the least.

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Summer Best Buy – Golf  ‘Match’ petrol 1.6 Diesel (113bhp) 5 speed Manual 5dr  –  £99 Advance Payment (£62.76 wpms)