|Annual road tax||£140|
|Euro NCAP rating||5-star|
The Golf has consistently proved that you don’t have to buy big to get impressive cabin quality and refinement. Now that the seventh-generation Golf is on sale, the falling prices of this Mk6 mean you don’t have to spend a fortune either.
No other small family car matches the Golf for fun and comfort. It has lots of grip and tight body control, and even the bumpiest corners won’t unsettle it. That said, the suspension is also effortlessly compliant no matter whether you’re shuffling around town or cruising along the motorway. The steering is positive and is neither too light nor too heavy.
Unless you do a lot of motorway miles on a daily basis, we think the best value lies with the 1.4 TSI petrol. It has enough power to move four people and their luggage and it’s smoother than the diesel models when worked hard.
SE trim keeps the price right and comes with plenty of standard equipment, such as electric windows, air-con, CD player, cruise control and alloy wheels. After mid-2010 the trim level switched to Match and added a leather-covered steering wheel and automatic headlights and wipers. Stick with SE trim for the best value.
Most important, the Golf boasts an impressive safety record. Families will appreciate its five-star NCAP rating, which consists of impressive 97% adult protection and 84% child protection scores.