The new Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI Match is making cost conscious fuel savers grin like Cheshire Cats. This is because this 103bhp diesel - when teamed with manual transmission - achieves 49.6mpg on the urban cycle, 72.4 on the extra-urban, and 62.8mpg on the combined cycle. This means its carbon emissions are lower than a snake's belly, so this particular Golf rests in road tax band C/£30.
Now, whereas the VW Golf 1.6 TDI Match is no rocket ship it does have perfectly reasonable performance. Sixty-two miles-per-hour appears in 11.3 seconds, or 11.2 seconds if you specify the smooth seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. Top speed for both variants is 117mph, which compares favourably with rivals such the Ford Focus 1.6 TDCI Studio.
As well as creditable fuel economy and decent performance, the Golf 1.6 TDI Match is nicely equipped. Standard specification, as available on both three and five-door variants, includes four electric windows, seven air-bags, electronic stability control, air-conditioning, and a dust/pollen filter for allergy suffers. Those who fancy a few luxury touches can also specify leather upholstery for £1,885, and fitted carpet mats for £75.
Further Golf 1.6 TDI Match plus points include the sure-footed confident handling, legendary build quality, fashionable badge, and its maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. All this is wrapped-up in a vehicle that is small enough to be driven easily in town, yet large enough to carry five people plus 350-litres of luggage. This storage capacity can be increased to 1305-litres by dumping a few passengers and folding the rear seats flat.
The new Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI Match has a list price of £18,515 – 20,460 on the road. If this is too steep, or you fancy a different model, the overall range is listed in Motoring.co.uk's new car database from £13,595.