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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.
The trimSee full equipment
There’s only one trim level and it gives you plenty of standard goodies, including adaptive cruise control, Matrix LED headlights, three-zone climate control and wireless phone charging. You will have to pay extra if you want any colour other than white, though.
The engineSee full engine specs
The Golf’s R 2.0-litre turbocharged engine packs 316bhp – more than the S3 and M135i can muster – and that power is transferred to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. In our tests, 0-60mph took just 4.3 seconds.
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