VW Golf 1.6 TDI Comfortline DSG Test Drive - No face, no name, no number (needed)
The greatest incarnation of "a car" keeps its laurels
Don’t judge the latest VW Golf, the facelifted version of the seventh generation, based on the reviews which call it dull, boring or uninteresting. It’s none of those things, especially if you get past the predictable exterior look, and have a sit inside, then go for a drive.
It’s really surprisingly fun to throw into corners, the steering is brilliant by modern electric rack standards and the chassis is predictable. The handling blends fun and safety with German rigor, and it’s frankly one of the hardest cars to crash we’ve ever driven.
Aside from its dynamic abilities, it offers supreme all-around visibility, oodles of space for the five people it can fairly easily carry and an interior that feels both upmarket and tightly screwed together.
Even the economy-minded engine-gearbox combo is enjoyable, helped by the broad spread of torque and power of the updated 1.6-liter TDI engine. It’s by no means fast, but as a tool to just commute without a care in the world, it’s just a peach.
Photos: Radu Chindriș
Recommended for:familiesmanagerssales agentsseniorsyoung and single
Created for:highwayswinding roadsurban driving
Hats off for:passenger spaceergonomicscomfortroad handlingmodularity
Bang for the buck:excellent