VW GOLF BLUEMOTION

If the Volk­swa­gen Group fielded a cricket team, this would be its Ben Stokes

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“IT’S JUST A bril­liant all-rounder” was the en­thu­si­as­tic ver­dict of a col­league who bor­rowed the Volk­swa­gen Golf for a week.

He also said: “I did a bit of mo­tor­way driv­ing and thought the en­gine might not be up to it, but it proved gutsy enough, and the gear­box is nice and slick, too. It’s also com­fort­able enough for com­mut­ing through Lon­don. The in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem is easy to work and I had no prob­lem con­nect­ing a phone to it or swap­ping the au­dio feed from the ra­dio to stream­ing via Blue­tooth.”

Hav­ing clocked up an­other few thou­sand miles in the past month, I heartily agree. The win­ter months have thrown some dra­matic weather at us. I had to aban­don the Golf a mile from home after one un­ex­pect­edly heavy fall of snow. My nor­mal 90min com­mute took twice as long, but the Golf got me closer to home than plenty of other cars that I passed aban­doned at the road­side.

Al­though this par­tic­u­lar trip home was a painfully slow and frus­trat­ing crawl along snow-cov­ered roads, the Golf was a com­fort­able place to be. And when I went back the next morn­ing to the empty car park where I’d left the Golf, it started straight away once I’d brushed the snow off.

Aqua­plan­ing on a f looded mo­tor­way was an­other ad­ven­ture, one that the Golf took more in its stride than I did. I was able to keep the steer­ing wheel straight and coast through the giant pools of flood wa­ter with­out in­ci­dent, though.

Need­less to say, I didn’t stop to take pho­tos on ei­ther of these oc­ca­sions, but I couldn’t re­sist tak­ing a snap of the Golf in the pic­turesque Cotswold vil­lage of Tid­dly­wink en route to Gloucestershire re­cently. This was an­other six-hour driv­ing day from my home in Kent and, thanks to the Golf, I wasn’t stiff or achy at the end of it.

Golf paid a visit to the vil­lage of Tid­dly­wink

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