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Rochdale Observer - - TIME-TRIP FAITH NEWS -

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

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