The new Volkswagen Golf will cost from £16,330 when it goes on sale later this month.
That means an entry-level version of the MK 7 2013 Golf is actually cheaper than the current version, which starts at £16,425.
The entry-level car uses an 84bhp 1.2-litre turbo unit that does an average of 57.7mpg and emits 113g/km of CO2. There’s also a 120bhp 1.4 with emissions of 123g/km and 54.3mpg.
The final petrol option at launch is a clever 138bhp 1.4 ACT engine, which shuts down two of its cylinders under light engine loads – such as periods of motorway cruising – to save fuel and minimise emissions; it manages 60.1mpg and 109g/km.
Two diesels complete the line-up. There's a 103bhp 1.6 that averages 74.3mpg and 99g/km of CO2, and a 148bhp 2.0 capable of 68.0mpg and 106g/km.
A 217bhp GTI hot hatch and a Bluemotion model that emits just 85g/km of CO2 will follow next summer.
Three trims levels will be available - S, SE and GT.
Every model is equipped with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and seven airbags, but the mid-level SE trim is the pick of the range because it upgrades the entry car's black and white touch-screen to colour and brings smarter interior trim, adaptive cruise control and a City Emergency Braking system that automatically applies the brakes if it detects an imminent collision at speeds below 19mph.
Other safety equipment that will be available includes a fatigue-detection system, lane-keeping assist and traffic sign recognition.
Order books open on October 18, with deliveries beginning in January.
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