OW words like benchmark and icon are much bandied about these days, but in the case of this week’s test car they are much deserved.
In fact, I would also add the phrase gold standard for this Golf SE Nav 1.6 TDi - especially given the very striking 1970s colour it came in (see above).
Other family hatchbacks have been measured for years against the Golf - I can remember a VW TV ad which played on exactly that fact (the guy closing the door on an inferior hatchback and telling the potential customer ‘sounds just like a Golf’).
VW must be getting it right as since the very first Golf in 1974 they have sold 33 MILLION around the world.
And there is unexpected news on the Golf - VW have DROPPED the prices on their 2017 model by an average of £650 across the range, which now begins at a very reasonable £17,625 for the 1.0litre TSi S, while our SE Nav 1.6 TDi starts from £21,270.
For that price the standard kit list includes: Adaptive cruise control, city emergency braking with predictive pedestrian