Volkswagen has thrown down the gauntlet to its rivals. The latest Golf is better than ever and VW dealers should brace themselves for a stampede because the Mk7 model defines the hatchback class. From its compact dimensions and evolutionary styling to its high quality interior and brilliant engine range, it is a car without any serious flaws.
If you want something smart and stylish it ticks these boxes. Spacious and practical, too? Well, a generous interior and big 380-litre boot cover these concerns. The efficient BlueMotion model also promises sub-100g/km emissions and excellent fuel economy, so company buyers and private purchasers are both catered for.
All VW Golfs come well equipped, with features such as stop-start, Electronic Stability Control (ESP), Bluetooth and iPod connectivity and curtain airbags all fitted as standard. You even get the reassurance of a space-saver spare wheel – which is increasingly rare yet very desirable for family motorists. And this is all before you drive it. Then you can marvel at the refinement, comfort, capable handling and responsive controls of the new Golf first hand.