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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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If you’re drawn to the frugal performance of the GTD, it gets 18in alloy wheels, sporty bumpers, three-zone climate control and keyless entry. It looks rather pricey, especially compared to the faster GTI, which is barely any more expensive.
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Another 2.0-litre diesel, although this time with 197bhp and found under the bonnet of the GTD. It's certainly brisk, if not quite hot hatch quick. Its huge reserves of low-down shove means it’s all too easy to spin the front tyres, but makes for effortless acceleration on the move. It’s a shame the standard automatic gearbox is frustratingly hesitant at times.
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