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2017 Volkswagen Golf reader test team review

The Mk7.5 Volkswagen Golf has refreshed looks, new technology and a new engine. Will potential buyers be impressed with the updated plush family hatchback?

Words By Kris Culmer

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Reg Chopra

Age: 62 Job: Retired Drives: Hyundai Veloster and Mercedes-Benz C-Class

β€œI’m looking for a five-door hatchback to replace my Veloster, so I’d like to see how the updated Golf will try to stay as the class leader.

β€œI’ve also looked at the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and BMW 1 Series. In terms of passenger and luggage space, all three are about the same.

β€œWhat impresses me most about the Golf’s space is in the rear seats. I’m 6ft tall and not the thinnest person in the world, but I’d be very happy sat there, with loads of head and leg room and comfy seats.

β€œThe minimum spec I’d want on the Golf is SE, which gets the frontal collision avoidance system on top of the basic safety kit. That tech is the game-changer, because it makes the car safer and reduces insurance.

β€œI’d love for my car to be able to steer itself into parking spaces, so it’s a shame that’s a Β£595 option here.

β€œHaving looked in the boot, it is slightly smaller than my Veloster’s. However, it could take two large suitcases and two carry-on bags for going on holiday. Plus, the rear seats are easy to fold down to expand the load area.

β€œI’d definitely consider this Golf if I could get a competitive deal.”

Rated 3 out of 5

Lex Pearce

Age: 42 Job: Office manager Drives: Volkswagen Golf R (Mk6)

β€œThis car looks great, because Volkswagen has just tweaked a few small areas, which is how it should be with the Golf; if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

β€œIt just looks a bit more fine-tuned. I like the sleeker, more aggressive look of the bonnet and front bumper. The lines down the car’s side are a lot more defined, too. It looks like it means business.

β€œThe most discernible difference is that you can no longer see the collision sensors through the front grille; it used to be a big, black square in the middle. The front end looks a lot better now that’s gone.

β€œThe new LED head and tail-lights look smart and more striking, and I like that the sportier models get β€˜animated’ indicator lights, which flow in the direction you’re turning.

β€œThe new infotainment is very responsive to light touches. I still like my CDs, so I’m glad that there’s a CD player, which is neatly tucked away along with USB ports in the glovebox.

β€œIn my Mk6 Golf, there are no cupholders in the centre console; I’m so happy they’ve returned here.

β€œAs a Mk6 Golf owner, I think this model has enough changes that I might consider buying it. If I owned a Mk7, I definitely wouldn’t, though.”

Rated 4 out of 5

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