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Price (on the road)

Β£18,340-Β£34,910

Target Price (cash)

Β£16,674-Β£31,705

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  • Front foglights
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Β£218.26-Β£505.79/month

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Engines

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The all-electric e-Golf delivers a smooth rush of powerful and virtually silent acceleration around town. It runs out of steam on faster roads, but is perfect for nipping between traffic lights in the city and for stop-start urban driving.
2.0 TDI 184
This most powerful diesel engine is reserved exclusively for the sporty GTD. It delivers brisk acceleration getting from 0-62mph in as little as 7.4sec, and on to a top speed of 144mph. At the same time it’s claimed to return upwards of 60mpg with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. An optional seven-speed (DSG) auto is also available.
2.0 TDI
If you want a diesel and can stretch your budget, we’d take this 2.0-litre engine over the 1.6 TDI 115; it’s stronger from low revs and always smoother, yet still returns good claimed fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Available with a standard six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed (DSG) auto.
1.6 TDI
This diesel engine has 113bhp and comes with a five-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed (DSG) auto. It’s the least refined engine in the Golf range with performance that is adequate rather than sparkling, although it does offer very competitive claimed fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
2.0 TSI 310 4MOTION
Only the range-topping R model is available with this seriously powerful 306bhp petrol engine which, combined with four-wheel drive, gives the Golf R the sort of acceleration to worry proper sports cars. Comes with a choice of either a slick-shifting, six-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed (DSG) auto.
2.0 TSI 245
Arriving later in 2017, this comes as part of an upgrade package for the GTI, bringing an extra 15bhp as well as larger brakes and a limited-slip differential.
2.0 TSI
This engine is reserved for the GTI, and it pulls strongly from low revs. However, the real joy comes from letting it rev, at which point acceleration becomes properly rapid.
1.5 TSI EVO 150
Available only in the more expensive GT and R-Line trims, this engine pulls hard from low revs and builds speed in a very progressive way. It remains near-silent at cruising speeds, too, and helped by its ability to shut down cylinders when they’re not needed, can top 50mpg in real-world conditions.
1.5 TSI EVO
This engine will be joining the range later in 2017, and we’ll let you know what it’s like as soon as it arrives.
1.4 TSI DSG
Combines a turbocharged 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor. The instant shove of the electric motor means the GTE is particularly rapid away from a standstill. Super-low CO2 emissions help make it a tax-efficient choice for company car drivers, and it can manage around 20 miles on pure battery power.
1.4 TI S
This free-revving 123bhp four-cylinder petrol offers gutsier performance for more relaxed acceleration than either of the 1.0-litre engines. Comes with a choice of either a slick-shifting, six-speed manual gearbox or an optional seven-speed (DSG) auto.
1.0 TSI 110
Thanks to a turbocharger, acceleration is more urgent than you might imagine for such a small engine. True, it&#39;s better suited to town driving and rural roads, but it&#39;ll hold its own on fast A-roads and motorways – you just need to work it a bit harder than some of the more powerful engines. If you&#39;re a company car driver, this is the engine we&#39;d recommend.
1.0 TI S
This 84bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine is available only in entry-level S trim with a five-speed manual gearbox. We haven’t tried it yet, but judging by the lethargic official 0-62mph time of 11.9sec – with hardly any improvement in fuel economy over the more powerful 109bhp version of the same 1.0 engine – it doesn&#39;t seem the best choice.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

156.9-tbc mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

0-40 g/km

VED Tax band

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Boot capacity

How much space is there?

1270 litres

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