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How to spec a new VW Golf

  • Our guide to the best Volkswagen Golf models
  • Engines, trims and options assessed
  • What price you should pay
Words By Steve Huntingford

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The Volkswagen Golf has dominated the small family car class for years, and the new, Mk7 version is the best yet.

Heres a step-by-step guide to help you find the pick of the range.

Which engine should you choose?
There are currently six engines to choose from: four petrols and two diesels.

Our favourite is the turbocharged 121bhp 1.4-litre petrol, because this is smooth and punchy, yet has an average economy of more than 40mpg.

That said, if youre a company car driver, you should probably consider going for the 103bhp 1.6-litre diesel, instead; it emits less than 100g/km of CO2, so youll be taxed on just 13% of its value.

The 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel and the 138bhp 1.4-litre turbo petrol with cylinder shut-off technology are also impressive, but theyre much pricier.

Which trim should you choose?
There are three options: S, SE and GT.

Even entry-level S cars come with air-conditioning, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and seven airbags.

We reckon its worth upgrading to SE, though, because this adds alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, and adaptive cruise control with city emergency braking assist.

Range-topping GT cars also get satellite-navigation and sportier styling and suspension, but theyre quite pricey.

Which options should you choose?
If you go for SE trim, the only cost options wed recommend are metallic paint (495) and parking sensors (445).

Three- or five-door?
A five-door Golf will cost you 655 more than an equivalent three-door, but we reckon the extra practicality makes this money well spent.

We recommend
VW Golf 1.4 TSI 122 SE 5dr - 19,645

Options:
Metallic paint - 495
Front and rear parking sensors - 445

Total price:
20,585

What should you pay?
The latest Golf has only just gone on sale, but Volkswagen dealers are already willing to cut almost 1000 off the price of our favourite model.

Even bigger discounts are available online; the best we found was at Drivethedeal.co.uk, which offered a discount of around 2000.

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By Steve Huntingford