AT A GLANCE
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.