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There’s no doubt that the VW Golf is still a highly recommendable option in the family car class, thanks in part to its solid blend of ride and handling and the frugality promised by its petrol engines, especially the 1.5 TSI 150. But there are cheaper rivals that are more spacious inside and better to drive, such as the Ford Focus and Seat Leon, and premium rivals with better infotainment systems and higher-grade interiors, like the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A Class.
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Style trim adds 17in alloy wheels, LED 'Plus' headlights, which can direct their light around corners, three-zone climate control, 30-colour ambient interior lighting, high beam assist, and smarter-looking styling inside and out.
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Capable of running on electricity alone for around 40 miles (according to Volkswagen’s figures), the 1.4 TSI eHybrid plug-in hybrid is a good option if you’re a company car driver wanting to keep benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax payments down or you want to reduce your emissions. The electric motors mean that you have access to instant power and nippy performance at low speeds. At higher speeds, you have to work the 1.4 petrol engine fairly hard to get the best out of it but it’s plenty brisk enough when you do.
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