The family hatchback is the car buyer’s default choice and, for many, the VW Golf is the default family hatch.
Now in its seventh generation, it’s a superb all-rounder that offers everything most families will ever need. True, it’s not cheap to buy, but strong resale values and a range of fuel-efficient turbocharged engines mean it should cost surprisingly little to run over three years.
The pick of that engine line-up is the 1.4 TSI 125, but the GTI hot hatch and the 2.0 TDI 150 diesel also impress. In fact, the latter is the one to go for if you’re a company car driver, even though it’ll cost you slightly more in tax than the diesel Bluemotion model.
It should be noted that as good as the latest Golf is, it doesn't dominate its class in the way some previous versions did. However, that's down to the competiton upping its game rather than Volkswagen lowering its standards.
So, are any of these cars better all-rounders than the Golf, and in which spec does VW's best-selling car make most sense?