The new Volkswagen Golf 1.4 S is proof that reliable 'no-nonsense' transport can be tremendously satisfying. This is not because it roars to sixty in say, 0.0001 seconds, but because the Golf 1.4 S simply gets on with its job without fuss or drama. So, let's consider this capable vehicle's qualities.The Golf's handling is everything a motorist could reasonably expect from a small family car. This means sure-footed traction, a comfortable ride, slick transmission, confidence inspiring brakes, and beautifully weighted steering. These characteristics mean the Golf is both easy to drive in town, and sophisticated enough for long motorway journeys. Well done VW. The latest Golf 1.4 S produces 78bhp which is enough to hit sixty in 13.5 seconds, and accelerate to 107mph. Okay, this is by no means fast but it is sufficient for most drivers. This variant also empties its 55-litre fuel tank at an average rate of 44mpg, which is reasonable although unexceptional for the class. Carbon emissions are 149g/km, so this specific Golf sits in road tax band F/£125. This robustly constructed hatchback is available in three and five door guises, and carries up to 350 litres of luggage with the rear seats in place. The S specification model also gets electric windows, power mirrors, a CD stereo, and soothing air-conditioning. Safety features include seven air-bags, electronic stability control, and whiplash reducing headrests. No surprise then it earned the maximum five Euro NCAP safety stars. The new Volkswagen Golf 1.4 S has a list price of £15,150 - £18,455, but Motoring.co.uk's database reveals the range as a whole is available from only £13,595.
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