Our Golf's dashboard is dominated by plastics that do a very good job of impersonating brushed metal.
Car makers have been trying to make plastic look like other materials for decades, with varying degrees of success, but you know they've got it cracked when you find yourself rapping the dashboard with your knuckles and touching it with your fingertips to see if you get that ’cold metal’ feel.
The Golf's dashboard is also beautifully assembled, with very tight, consistent ‘shutlines’ and - so far - no rattles, despite the car being driven over some rather nasty speed humps on a daily basis.
By Rob Keenan
Read all of our updates on life with our Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI.
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