Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI 105 Bluemotion Tech SE
Week ending July 17
Miles this week 400
When I was handed the keys to our scarlet-coloured long-termer, I felt like I had lucked in before the weekend had started.
With university commitments in Coventry, a family member’s christening in the west country and What Car? Towers based in Teddington, it meant I had to complete a triangle of England. And the more time I spent in our Golf, the more it got under my skin.
Gruff engine note aside, the Volkswagen proved to be a pleasant commuting tool during the 400 miles and confirmed to me why it remains one of the best cars in the small family segment.
By Aaron Smith
Week ending July 2
Miles this week 105
All this fiddling about with tyre pressures has had me wondering what Golf owners, or rather 1.6 TDI Golf owners, would make of their car’s brand of tyres, assuming it’s still on the set fitted in the factory.
You see, in my experience those who run a VW Golf tend to be a little sniffy about car brands and models. Tell them you drive a Ford Focus and they’re likely to give you the same look they express when they step in something nasty on the pavement.
So I can only imagine their faces when they discover their pride and joy is wearing not Pirellis or Michelins but Hankooks.
Not that there’s anything wrong with this South Korean make. Hankook is the seventh largest tyre company in the world, and it seems to know what it’s doing if the way my Golf performs on the road is anything to go by.
By Rob Keenan