Mainstream finalist: VOLKSWAGEN GOLF
Wow. That was our reaction to a first drive in the new generation Golf.
Much was expected of the car that carried VW’s core model into a seventh generation, and boy, have the engineers at Wolfsburg delivered.
Everyone who has driven this latest Golf is immensely impressed with it, wooed by a driving experience that is exemplary not just in its own class, but as a template for the way a modern car should behave.
The Golf is an energetic performer and also immensely civilised, refined and user-friendly, with superb quality.
There’s nothing to dislike about it, but a great deal to love.
Commended: Skoda Octavia
Premium finalist: AUDI A3
Here is another star rider on the Volkswagen Group’s newest MQB modular chassis, an under-structure that the A3 shares with the Golf.
And it’s a new star amongst medium size premium cars.
The A3 is beautifully engineered, elegantly crafted and very satisfying to drive.
We love its understated style and precision build quality, excellent refinement and overall class.
You can drive from one end of the country to the other and climb out feeling more energised than fatigued.
That is the kind of driving style that distinguishes a really good car. From every angle the A3 oozes excellence.
Commended: Volvo V40
And the winner is…
|Prices||£18,910 to £27,355|
|Bodystyles||3-door and 5-door hatchback|
|Engines||1.6 (103bhp), 2.0 (148bhp), 2.0 (181bhp)|
|Trim Levels||S, SE, GT, GTD|