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Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI 110 manual 5dr SE Nav
The Volkswagen Golf is one of the best-selling cars in both the UK and the world. As with previous versions, the new Golf, launched at the start of 2017, is available as a small family hatchback, slightly more roomy SV hatch, estate or Alltrack off-roader, which all offer class-above quality at affordable pricing. It’s also available as a hot-hatch with a host of power options.
The latest Golf offers a seriously grown-up driving experience. Particularly impressive is the way the Golf rides over lumpy and broken roads. The car does a first-rate job of smoothing out the worst road surfaces and the suspension is silent over bumps, with no knocks or thuds that can afflict rival hatchbacks. This is testament to the VW Golf’s overall solidity. All engines are similarly refined. Alongside the great ride comfort and supportive seats, Volkswagen has also engineered a car that in all forms delivers an involving experience for the driver. The steering feedback means the car can be easily positioned on the road both for cruising long distances or having more fun on twisty routes. The GTI, GTD and R versions turn this up a notch too. They communicate very well what the car is doing on the road which means they’re great fun to drive quickly, but retain all the comfort and refinement for every-day use.
The Volkswagen Golf can be ordered in either S, SE, SE Nav, GT or R-Line specification, plus separate GTD, GTI, GTE and R models. Key items of standard spec of the Golf are:
SE (in addition to S)
SE Navigation (in addition to SE)
R-Line (in addition to GT)
The sweet spot for company car drivers interested in the VW Golf has to be the SE Navigation, which is incredibly well equipped, including all the things that keep those drivers doing high mileage happy, such as satnav, adaptive cruise control and a digital radio. And it also has the essentials for strong residual values, such as alloy wheels and parking sensors. As for the engine, the 1.6 diesel has the lowest CO 2 at 102g/km, while the 109g/km 1.0-litre petrol which is smooth and quick.
The interior of the Golf is impressively well put together. The quality of the materials is impressive, the layout for the driver is simple and clear and the operation of all the most common controls is easy. There’s a good amount of leg and head-room in the back seats, while at 380-litres the hatchback boot is competitive and at 605 litres the estate’s boot is seriously impressive.
There’s generous room for four adults, five for shorter trips. There’s a good sized boot, and decent on-board storage. The estate’s loadbay is competitively spacious.
CO2 emissions range from the e-Golf’s zero to 39g/km for the plug-in hybrid GTE to 85g/km for the 1.6 TDI Bluemotion diesel and 165g/km for the R 300. The 85hp 1.2 has the lowest CO2 of the conventional petrols at 113g/km. Benefit-in-kind exposure ranges from 16% for the Bluemotion TDI diesel to 28% for the petrol 300 R.
Seven airbags, automatic post-collision braking, antilock brakes, ESP anti-skid control and an electronic differential lock are standard. The Golf achieved a five star NCAP safety rating. Various electronic driver aids are available. There are Isofix attachment points for two child seats in the rear.
These include the Citroen C4, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai i30, Kia C’eed, Peugeot 308, Renault Megane, Toyota Auris and Vauxhall Astra. Premium possibilities include the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, Mercedes A-Class and Volvo V40.
When a car’s this good, it’s no wonder that popularity follows. Brilliant in so many areas, the Golf is, rightly, an easy choice for many.