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The first Volkswagen Golf arrived back in 1974, and since then more than 29 million have been sold across the world. Now in its seventh generation, the latest Golf has shifted the goal posts onto another pitch.
The styling may be evolutionary, but its blend of talents is outstanding – it’s a difficult car to fault. It uses the manufacturer’s innovative new MQB platform – which it shares with the Audi A3, Skoda Octavia and SEAT Leon – that will eventually form the basis of everything from the next Polo to the Passat. Whichever version you choose, the Mk7 Golf is well equipped, fuel efficient and decent prices, too. It also offers enough space for a family, excellent refinement, a decent ride and superb quality.
The new Golf Estate was revealed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, alongside production-ready versions of the new Golf GTI and GTD. The former gets a 605-litre boot, and with the rear seats folded this increases to 1,620 litres. The new Golf GTI is powered by a 217bhp 2.0-litre TSI but is also available to order with a new Performance Package, which ups the power to 227bhp. The GTD gets an 181bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine that can accelerates from 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds and return fuel economy of 67.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km. The Mk6 Golf Plus and Golf Cabriolet are still on sale, along with two performance versions of the soft-top – the Golf GTI Cabriolet and Golf R Cabriolet.