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New Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI Review

The new Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI proves that reliable 'no-nonsense' transport can be tremendously satisfying.

By Stephen Turvil
Jan 12, 2011
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The new Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI proves that reliable 'no-nonsense' transport can be tremendously satisfying. That is not because this small family car hits 60mph faster than the speed of light, but because it simply gets on with its job without fuss or drama. So, let's consider this capable workhorse's numerous qualities.

The new VW Golf 1.4 TSI's handling is everything a motorist could reasonably expect from a vehicle of this class That means it has sure-footed traction, a comfortable ride, slick transmissions, strong brakes, and beautifully weighted steering. These characteristics make this reliable mile-muncher both easy to drive in town, and a supremely capable motorway cruiser.

The Golf 1.4 TSI manual produces 119bhp which is enough to propel it to 62mph in 9.5 seconds, and on to 124mph. This variant also empties its 55-litre fuel tank at an average rate of 45.6mpg, which is respectable but unexceptional considering its class, size, and performance. This equates to carbon emissions of 144g/km, which places the 1.4 TSI manual in road tax band F/£125.

This robustly constructed family hatchback is available in three and five door guises, and can carry up to 350 litres of luggage with the rear seats in place. This increases to 1,305- litres by folding the seats flat into the comfortable interior. The TSI also has electric front windows, air-con, numerous air-bags, electronic stability control, and whiplash reducing headrests. No surprise then it earned Euro NCAP's maximum five Euro safety rating. Not bad for only £16,525 - £17,110.

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By Stephen Turvil
Jan 12, 2011