They don’t get much more middle of the road than this mid-spec Golf, but look beyond the overly familiar styling and there’s real value here, especially in pre-facelift Mk7 guise at a touch over three years old.
New, the example we have in mind – a one-owner 2015/15-reg car with 41,000 miles – would have cost around £20,750 after a discount. So that’s £10,000 saved for a start. And whereas the facelifted version looks a little sharper, the older one is no different to the untrained eye.
Match spec is indecently good: alloy wheels, active cruise control, air conditioning, four electric windows, front and rear parking sensors, a centre armrest and a leather-covered steering wheel. All in addition tothe Golf’s standard-fit digital radio, emergency brake assist, electronic parking brake and engine stop/start.
The 1.4 TSI petrol engine produces 123bhp; not a lot, but in a car weighing less than 1200kg, it’ll do. More impressive, it develops 148lb ft from as little as 1400rpm. It’s like a little diesel motor, only quieter, smoother and sweeter. It’s almost as economical too: certainly in the early 50s without much effort.