AT A GLANCE

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Road Test -

WHAT IT’S GOT Plenty of wow fac­tor and all-round de­sir­abil­ity. VW has taken an av­er­age-look­ing car and made it into some­thing spe­cial. WHAT IT HASN’T Not much miss­ing. The ex­tra $5K for the Com­fort­line model pretty much cov­ers ev­ery­thing but be care­ful tick­ing the op­tions box. OWN­ER­SHIP VW sells a lot more Golfs than Pas­sats in Aus­tralia but this model could change the equa­tion, es­pe­cially at the price, and capped servicing pro­vides some surety. WHAT WE LIKED The way it looks, the way it rides and the way it han­dles, not to men­tion the price and ex­cel­lent fuel econ­omy. WHAT WE DIDN’T The auto stop-start is a pain. You can switch it off but you have to do so ev­ery time you drive the car. FORD MONDEO FROM $33,190 Mid-spec Trend from $40,490. Largest and most pow­er­ful of the group, uses 8.2L/100km. MAZDA6 FROM $32,490 Value Tour­ing model from $37,290. Feels as if it could have been made in Europe and goes lightly at 6.6L/100km. SUBARU LIBERTY FROM $29,990 Premium from $35,990. Classier than be­fore, with AWD of course. Thirst is 7.3L/100km and it’s the only one with 18-inch wheels.

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