The new Volkswagen Golf is a small family car
The new Volkswagen 'Golf' is a small family car - and should not be confused with a game whereby colourful folk, normally wearing eye-shatteringly bright trousers, knock tiny white balls around a field. The current generation Golf (car version) was introduced in 2009 and is the latest in a long line of capable, robustly constructed, vehicles.The new VW Golf is available with a variety of engines, but one of the best is the 2.0-litre 167bhp diesel. This propels the Golf, and its distinctively dressed owner, to 60mph in 7.8 seconds and on to 138mph. This variant is also economical as it averages 55mpg, therefore leaving its owner plenty of spare cash for a new nine-iron. Alternatively, those who fancy only averaging 44mpg can have the 1.4-litre 157bhp petrol model. This charges to 60mph in 7.7 seconds and – if the law permitted – towards the nineteenth hole at 137mph. Handling-wise the new Golf is everything a motorist could reasonably expect. This means sure-footed traction, a comfortable ride, slick transmission, and beautifully weighted steering. These characteristics complement the safety features that include electronic stability control and hydraulic brake assist. Should the Golf be nudged into the bunker by jealous golfing opponents, its occupants will be protected by safety features that earned it the maximum five Euro NCAP safety stars. Not bad for a car listed in Motoring.co.uk's database from only £13,995. Now, every sports professional needs gadgets and the new Volkswagen Golf is happy to oblige. Even basic S models have seven air-bags, electric front windows, a CD stereo system, and a multi function display. High specification GTD variants also have lowered sports suspension and a handy iPod connector. Options include the 'ParkAssist' system that automatically steers the Golf into a bay. Mmmm, sounds like witchcraft to me.