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Compact Family Car of a Year 2018: Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is a consistent in this class, and nonetheless again it’s taken a pretension of Best Compact Family Car. That’s for a crowd of reasons following a successful facelift final year that subtly revitalised a formula, tweaking a styling, adding new engines and additional reserve tech to a choice and improving a infotainment on offer.

VW didn’t disaster with a core of a automobile and a elements that make a Golf so appealing, though. So a latest Mk7.5 indication still sets standards for comfort (you can urge this serve with discretionary adaptive dampers), excellence and upmarket appeal, interjection to a premium-quality cabin and materials.

Any family hatchback needs to broach practicality – and a Volkswagen doesn’t disappoint, with some-more than adequate space for many families, as good as copiousness of crafty storage touches that make vital with a automobile easy.

The Golf’s elementary yet pointy styling and neat sum don’t impact a usability, that was extended by a Discover Navigation infotainment complement that comes as customary on even some-more medium trim levels.

The pointy shade and hi-res graphics demeanour slick, while it responds to your inputs fast and offers copiousness of tech, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Infotainment is an increasingly critical area for buyers in each segment, and a Golf serves adult only what we wish during an affordable price, and it’s corroborated adult by a entirely well-engineered automatic make-up.

On a pierce a automobile delivers a constrained brew of comfort, excellence and motorist engagement, while a engine choice offers a clever brew of opening and refinement.

The collect of a garland is still a 108bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol powerplant, since it’s well-spoken and punchy yet able of scarcely 60mpg. The change is changeable towards petrol opposite a board, and nonetheless a diesel options here are still strong, this 1.0 TSI creates them mostly redundant.

There’s most some-more on offer underneath a bonnet, though. Eco fans will be anxious by a all-electric e-Golf, while opening purists are catered for by a iconic GTI or a even faster, four-wheel-drive Golf R.

After some-more than 40 years and 7 generations, Volkswagen has honed and developed a Golf to a indicate where it’s still a undisputed compress induce category leader.

Our choice

Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI SE Nav 5dr (£21,025)

For a choice we’d keep it elementary and hang with an SE Nav indication since this offers all a pack we could wish for a slightest outlay. Adaptive journey control, AEB, sat-nav and that shining infotainment complement are all enclosed as standard, while a 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine facilely combines adequate gait with considerable efficiency.

Commended

Mercedes A-Class

Mercedes A-Class tracking front

The new A-Class has modernized this zone in one pivotal area: infotainment. While Mercedes’ incomparable twin-screen set-up and protracted existence nav is a pricey option, it brings a tech provide to a hatch’s sharp interior. The A-Class can’t utterly compare a Golf’s float or refinement, yet softened wrapping and a reward feel make it some-more constrained than ever.

Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia - front

Skoda’s Octavia induce uses a same height as a Golf, yet is even some-more practical, so if usability and bill are your biggest concerns, demeanour no further. The Skoda isn’t as glamorous as a award-winning sibling, yet a value on offer and a immeasurable foot make it a excellent choice for buyers who wish some-more for less.

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