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If you’ve ever been looking for a car that reliably delivers performance, economy and general driving pleasure, you’ll have been recommended a Volkswagen Golf. It’s a crowd pleaser, which pretty much defines the compact family hatchback sector. As an all-rounder, it’s hard to beat.
The Golf does everything you’d expect – and it does it well. It’s easy to drive, but doesn’t feel boring. It’s composed on the road, handles superbly and glides over Britain’s tired roads. The amount of feedback and grip is also pleasantly surprising for such a smooth ride.
Across the choice of engine options, there’ll be something to suit all needs. Our pick would be the 1.4 TSI petrol engine - turbocharged and supercharged, available in 122 and 160bhp. Both feel responsive and full of power, as well as returning 45mpg – economy you won’t frown at.
As soon as the Golf’s closest rivals edge closer to its success, Volkswagen raises the benchmark for quality and refinement further. Although fans of dynamic driving might dismiss it, it’s impossible not to recommend the Golf for its effortless driving.
For us, we can’t talk it without mentioning the Golf R. We rated it nearly flawless, as it’s easily one of the best all-round cars. Boasting the practicality of a family car and the performance of a sports machine, what more could you want?
The driver’s seat of a Golf is somewhere you’ll be happy to be. Not only because it’s a joy to drive, but because the interior is first-class. But the high standards of materials, tech and refinement comes at a cost. If you're looking for mid-spec equipment levels together with a higher powered TSI or TDI engine, the premium can get steep.
Being comfortable but fun to drive is a rare trick to pull off. The Golf pulls it off. It may be the premium option, but what you’re getting is a multi-talented car. Browse models from Exchange & Mart today.
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