First DriveWe try the turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol version of the Golf Bluemotion. If you're not doing mega miles, it's a better bet than the diesel
First DriveWith its Golf R looks and sweet 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol, the Golf R-Line is a fine family hatch. But is it really worth more than £25k?
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.
Should I buy one?
Quite possibly. If 'VW Golf' is already at the top of your shopping list, then this version would be well worth considering. It’s a stylish, solidly built five-door hatch, as we’d expect, but exceptionally frugal, too. VW claims an impressive 57.6mpg combined, and we saw figures hitting the mid-60s on a motorway run. Numbers like that make us wonder quite what the Bluemotion version will achieve when it appears, or even if it’s worth waiting for at all.