Volk­swa­gen golf r

FOR: Fast, grippy and cheap to buy AGAINST: Lacks pre­mium im­age, dark cabin

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DON’T be put off by this Golf’s rel­a­tively hum­ble ori­gins, as it is a dif­fer­ent beast. Its four-cylin­der en­gine pro­duces 296bhp, which com­bines with four­wheel drive to make it al­most as fast as the Audi.

The VW is re­mark­ably quick point-to-point, and its com­fort and so­lid­ity make it a great daily driver. It’s also con­sid­er­ably cheaper to buy, if you can ac­cept a less pre­mium badge. We saw a 2016 R Es­tate DSG with just 9,000 miles for £23,995. YOU won’t feel short-changed plump­ing for the Golf – it might be a bit dark in­side, but the materials are on par with those in the BMW. It’s roomy in the back, and its mas­sive 605-litre boot steals the show here. THE Mk7 Golf fin­ished in a strong 18th in our Driver Power 2017 sur­vey. We’ve heard of no ma­jor is­sues with the R, but DSG gear­boxes have been known to be prob­lem­atic in the past. Faults were recorded by 15.6 per cent of driv­ers.

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