What is it?
A 2.0 TDI Golf, that’s what. This one, though, differs from the previously tested 2.0 TDI by sporting the 108bhp, not 138bhp, variant of Volkswagen’s latest 2.0-litre common-rail diesel engine. In every other respect the car, in SE trim and with a five-speed manual ’box, is the same as we’ve already seen.
What’s it like?
No surprises inside or out. We’re now quite used to the Mk6 Golf’s refined looks, subtly improved quality interior and generous standard kit, which all conspire to instil a feeling of unruffled, upmarket tranquillity almost above the Golf’s station.
In 108bhp form the VW Golf doesn’t feel to be wanting at any time. Power delivery is smooth and eager, although it obviously lacks a little urge for overtaking when compared to its bigger-chested 138bhp sibling. And despite needing a few more revs to make brisk getaways from the lights, its an impressively serene experience from the remarkably well-insulated cabin. The Golf rides noticeably well, too, and the chassis is adept, albeit lacking a Focus’s dynamic sparkle when pressed on.