Thanks to myriad versions of the MQB platform under multiple badges, we’ve come to expect much from the chassis of any car suspended from its modular underpinnings.
The last version of the Golf was probably the principal carrier of the now instantly recognisable gene: a sophisticated mix of precision, civility and comfort.
The latest car, tested on lowered sports suspension, majors on two of those features while minoring on one.
Certainly, the sensation of tight-fitting, superbly hushed agreeableness remains the Golf’s default way of making progress.
The feeling of integrity or, more specifically, of moving parts working in quiet harmony is not replicated anywhere else at this price point nor in the broader C-segment.
Like the interior switchgear or the response of the petrol engine, the control surfaces all function with a terrifically understated elegance.
The car makes no great show of the steering’s accuracy or the deftly tuned pedal feel or the snug pleasure of gearchanges but balances them all like spinning plates in a presentation that you’re hardly supposed to notice.