Volkswagen Golf is turbocharged, ranging from 1.2-litre petrol with a maximum power of 103bhp to 1.4-litre petrol delivering 138bhp power. The 1.4-litre even offers fuel conservation.
The well-balanced steering and the suspension blends high comfortable ride with good body control. The suspension system of both 1.2 petrols and 1.6 diesels are inferior compared to top of the line models of petrol and diesel variants but still are comfortable.
Refinement is one of the biggest strength of Golf. There can be some road and wind noise at motorway speeds but noise of suspension is very less. The petrol engine is exceptionally quite and smooth. The 2.0-litre diesel is also smooth but in 1.6 diesels, although calm, many vibrations can be felt in the car.
Golf is an exquisite car and so are the prices. 1.4-litre with cylinder shut off and the GTD version both are quite expensive compared to their rivals. They compensate the cost by being highly economic and clean (Blue-motion diesel being the star performer). Also, the Golf has a high resale value but still is behind Audi A3.
Stability control, driver’s knee airbag and twin front, side and curtain bags are standard in every model of the Golf. The SE-spec cars and above get an additional security feature, the City Emergency Braking system. It got five star rating in Euro NCAP crash test. Deadlocks locking wheel nuts and marked mechanical parts are standards against theft.
The interior of Golf is not as impressive as Audi A3’s. The Golf is designed specifically to comfortably position drivers of all sizes. The all-round vision of the car is excellent despite a quarter-light window ahead of the front doors which acts like a small obstruction behind the wheels. The dashboard as well as the central console is rightly angled towards the driver which makes the access to the touch-screen infotainment system much simpler.
Four six-footers can easily fit in with stretching it to five. Boot is quite small. Thankfully, there is an adjustable floor to with two equal halves of the luggage space. DAB radio and Bluetooth are available in all the models with SE trim having alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control and automatic wipers. The sporty GTD is edgy with style but doesn’t get sat-nav as standard.
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