VW has taken an average of £650 off the price of a Golf.

That still leaves it a long way from being competitively set against the likes of the Leon, Astra and Focus and much closer to ‘compact premium’ players such as the A3 and BMW 1 Series.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
Bulletproof. The Golf may start life more expensive, but expect it to stay that way versus any mainstream rival

The model range starts at S trim and rises through SE, SE Nav and GT to R-line – and that’s before you account for any of five performance derivatives, the Alltrack, e-Golf or either Bluemotion version.

The biggest-selling hatchback derivative of all is expected to be the GTD manual, which is a £28,000 car and tells you plenty about how the car is perceived and how happy customers are to spend premium-level cash on it.

VW will make the 128bhp version of the 1.5 TSI engine available at a lower price point, but if you want the full 148bhp tune, you have to have it in a GT or R-line trim – both of which come with lowered sports suspension.

The GT is fairly pricey – £23,445 with this engine and three doors – but gets 8.0in touchscreen navigation, sports seats, adaptive cruise control and 17in alloy wheels as standard.

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