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The Golf is 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 – but there are cheaper rivals that are more spacious inside and better to drive, and premium rivals with better infotainment systems and higher-grade interiors.
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The Golf GTI's 2.0-litre engine feels pretty swift on the road, while perfectly spaced gear ratios allow you to make excellent use of the engine’s broad spread of shove. You can feel that kick in just below 2000rpm and drag you keenly into the power band, from where it revs to its redline with greater enthusiasm than the Focus ST will. It can’t match the brutal top-end shove of the Type R, though.
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