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Volkswagen Golf: best-in-class hatch

The Volkswagen Golf has long been considered the benchmark for family hatchbacks, and with good reason. Andrew Frankel explains why

Volkswagen Golf 1.6TDI S 3-dr

This model from £18,595

When looking for a car, people look too often only at what it costs to buy, when what it will return when you sell is very nearly as important. So while a diesel Golf is by no means the cheapest car in its class to buy, when you factor-in both running costs and resale value, it is actually far better value than its list price suggests. And it comes with the added bonus of being far and away the best car in its class.

A standard 1.6-litre diesel Golf is a commendably frugal car. But for high mileage users, the BlueMotion edition offers spectacular fuel consumption of up to a claimed 88.3mpg, far beyond the reach of any comparable, conventional hybrid. With that comes first-class build quality and the finest ride and handling combination in the category. For those shopping in this class, the most difficult question to answer is not why you should buy a Golf, but why you should not.


  • Engine: 1598cc, 88bhp
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Top speed: 114mph
  • 0-60mph acceleration: 11.9sec


  • Claimed economy: 74.3mpg
  • Insurance Group: 10 (1=low, 50=high)

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