AT A GLANCE

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Cover Story -

Start­ing price is up by $2000 — more in re­al­ity, as the auto costs ex­tra — but so are size and value.

Auto safety brak­ing, even lane-keep­ing as­sist, from base mod­els. Mid-level Com­fort­line comes with big­ger in­fo­tain­ment screen and “ac­tive dash”.

Four en­gine choices — two petrol, two diesel— ini­tially and GTI’s 162 in Jan­uary. Base mod­els are front-drive, higher spec are AWD. Cylin­der de­ac­ti­va­tion on base petrol helps de­liver 6.0L/100km econ­omy. Car-like driv­ing feel with good com­pli­ance but taut cor­ner­ing. Base car is the eas­i­est for coun­try roads.

Based on Golf, it is big­ger than the pre­vi­ous model but looks smaller. Lit­tle tweaks such as rear-seat air­con vents show depth of changes.

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