The Golf certainly remains one of pricier volume-brand players in the family hatchback class but, even in entry-level Life trim, it offers plenty of equipment its rivals can’t match higher up the range.

In addition to the full-sized infotainment system and Active Info Display digital instrument screen we mentioned earlier, the car comes with wireless phone charging and LED headlights at no extra cost and is the first car in its class to get ‘Car2X’ wireless safety networking as standard.

Residual forecasts here are typically strong to start with, but interesting to note the Toyota Corolla’s relative gain in years three and four.

The 60mpg touring-test fuel economy return of our eTSI car might not be quite enough to convince someone to give up a full-hybrid hatchback, but it’s still a very creditable result for a car of this performance level, and one with some driver appeal.

A WLTP emissions test result for the car of 134g/km makes for an advantage over non-hybridised two-pedal petrol rivals of 2% to 3% – not huge, but worth having.

What Car? New car buyer marketplace - VW Golf

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