I've just taken delivery of my new Golf 1.9TDi SE estate with a DSG gearbox. It's taken nearly six months to arrive, but I have to say that so far I think it's well worth the wait. My previous company car was a VW Passat SE estate with the 140 PD engine, so I was a little worried that the Golf would fall short of the mark in terms of power and refinment. Although it hasn't got the same power as the Passat, it's still got a lot more get up and go that I expected, and the handling definitely has the edge over the Passat. The ride and road noise are almost as good as the Passat, which is real surprise. The DSG 'box is an absolute dream - why on earth would anyone want a manual if you had the choice? The old adage that autos are thirsty is out the window - with less than 100 miles on the clock, I'm getting 52mpg travelling on A-roads and around town. The only real let-down is the engine noise, which is more noticable at low speeds than the 140 PD lump. However, I think this is more down to the 1.9 engine being noiser rather than the Golf having less soundproofing than the Passat. The back end styling isn't wonderful, either, but overall it's an absolutely great company car. I chose this car over a Passat or a Mondeo, both of which I have driven, so I was pretty worried that I'd made a mistake and bought a pup, but I'm genuinely surprised at just how good this car is.
Greg Bennett, Staffordshire, April 14th 2008