VOLK­SWA­GEN GOLF Ȕ4L4L

score 4.3

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Dis­cover Nav Pro £1,325 op­tion Key fea­tures: Carplay, dig­i­tal dash

THE GTE Ad­vance comes with Volk­swa­gen’s Dis­cover Nav sys­tem as stan­dard and fea­tures a bright and clear eight-inch touch­screen, sat-nav, DAB and Blue­tooth – although Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto will be more im­por­tant to many buy­ers of the hatch­back.

Spend £1,325 and you can up­grade to the Dis­cover Nav­i­ga­tion Pro unit fit­ted to our test car. This gets a larger, glossy 9. 2-inch touch­screen, but it loses the ex­tra touch-sen­si­tive hot keys down the sides, which ac­tu­ally makes it more fid­dly to op­er­ate. Ges­ture con­trol is also in­cluded with the Pro up­grade, but its func­tion­al­ity is lim­ited and it doesn’t al­ways work.

VW’S 12.3-inch Ac­tive Info Dis­play is stan­dard, re­plac­ing the reg­u­lar Golf ’s ana­logue di­als. This can be con­fig­ured to show a va­ri­ety of in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing sat-nav. The GTE’S e-re­mote app al­lows you mon­i­tor charg­ing wire­lessly from your mo­bile phone, while plenty of con­nected ser­vices are also in­cluded.

CON­NECT Clear dis­play can show en­ergy use, while Ap­p­con­nect pairs eas­ily with smart­phones

SCREEN Up­grade to a 9.2-inch screen, and you get ges­ture con­trol, but it’s not the smoothest sys­tem to use

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