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For The Golf GTI is fast and fun, yet also refined and easy to drive. It has a roomy, classy cabin, too, and excellent resale values.

Against You need to specify the optional adaptive chassis control to get the best blend of ride comfort and handling control. It's pricey, too.

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

What Car? says

5 out of 5 stars

The Volkswagen Golf 2.0 GTI is a superb hot hatch that's also easy to live with. It's expensive, but worth it.

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Key facts

6.5 secs
Top speed
153 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Golf is a superb all-rounder that offers everything most families will ever need. However, you still need to choose reasonably carefully.

Most versions are sensational to drive, blending an extremely comfortable ride with good body control. However, the cheaper versions (both 1.2 petrols and the 1.6 diesel) come with less sophisticated rear suspension, and they don't ride quite as serenely as the other models. They're still more comfortable than many rivals, though.

The 121bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine is our favourite because it's strong, quiet and economical. If you do lots of miles, though, the punchy and smooth 2.0-litre diesel is an excellent choice. Match trim strikes the best balance between equipment and price.

Separate to the petrol and diesel Golfs is the e-Golf, which runs solely on electric power. It offers punchy performance and an official range of 118 miles – although our own range tests suggest its real-world range is more like 87 miles.

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