Compact Family Car of the Year 2017: Volkswagen Golf

Compact Family Car of the Year 2017: Volkswagen Golf

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The Volkswagen Golf is the 2017 Auto Communicate Compact Family Car of the Year, with the Skoda Octavia and Vauxhall Astra commended

The evergreen Golf is subvene with a bang. After giving best to the Vauxhall Astra and its close cousin, the Settee Leon, the refreshed and revitalised VW has battled its way to the top of this fiercely fought class.

This attainment hasn’t been achieved with one major change, but a host of small, unequivocally targeted tweaks for this Mk7.5 model that address the previous Golf’s few weaknesses. Upgraded engines, a new infotainment approach and revised trim levels all feature, as does added safety kit.

Yet the core of the car remains unchanged, so it at rest sets the standard for comfort, refinement and upmarket appeal. It’s practical, too, with more than sufficiency space for most families, plus numerous thoughtful touches that provoke living with the Golf so easy.

VW has left the styling largely unchanged, so you get the but elegantly proportioned and neatly detailed hatchback that effortlessly fits into any surroundings.

It’s a equivalent story inside, where premium materials, solid build quality and a inductive layout instantly make you feel right at home. A real highlight is the new eight-inch infotainment scheme, with its crisp graphics, intuitive menus and excellent smartphone connectivity.

On the make off the Golf delivers a compelling blend of comfort, refinement and driver engagement, while the revised engines furnish a strong mix of performance and refinement. Pick of the bunch is the new 108bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol. Polished, eager and capable of nearly 60mpg, it makes the diesels largely redundant.

If that doesn’t platform your boat, don’t worry because there’s a Golf for every taste and budget. Eco-chummy motorists can choose the all-electric e-Golf or the racy plug-in hybrid GTE, while those who have need of some high-octane thrills can plump for the GTI or flagship R.

Over 40 years in the making, the unmistakably evolved Golf retains its place at the top of the family hatch tree.

Our choice 

Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI SE Nav 5dr (£20,260) 

Easily understood is best with the Golf, so unless you need the ultimate in performance or kit, then SE Nav models enclose all the bases. Adaptive cruise control, sat-nav, an excellent infotainment system and a raft of aegis systems feature, while the 1.0 TSI effortlessly mixes pace and efficiency. 

Commended 

Skoda Octavia

Underpinned by the unchanging mechanicals as the Golf but dressed in more practical clothes, the Octavia makes profusion of sense. It’s not as glamorous, well equipped or refined as its award-winning cousin, but top-value pricing and a endless boot make the Skoda a sensible choice for buyers wanting their boo to go further.

Vauxhall Astra

Last year’s winner has slipped off the top spot, but the Astra remains a compelling consolidated hatchback choice. Few rivals have a better ride and handling balance, while Vauxhall’s OnStar concierge waiting and 4G mobile Internet connection is unique in this class, and a valuable addition. 

Auto Put forth New Car Awards 2017

• Car of the Year 2017 • Coupe of the Year 2017
• City Car of the Year 2017 • Convertible of the Year 2017
• Supermini of the Year 2017 • Roadster of the Year 2017
• Compact Kinsmen Car of the Year 2017 • Performance Car of the Year 2017
• Family Car of the Year 2017 • Compact Executive of the Year 2017
• Estate Car of the Year 2017 • Executive Car of the Year 2017
• MPV of the Year 2017 • Luxury Car of the Year 2017
• Small SUV of the Year 2017 • Van of the Year 2017
• Mid-greatness SUV of the Year 2017 • Electric Car of the Year 2017
• Large SUV of the Year 2017 • Technology Award 2017
• Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Advertising Stump of the Year 2017
• Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Social Media Campaign of the Year 2017
• Pick-up of the Year 2017 • Car Lay out Award 2017
• Hot hatch of the Year 2017 • Driver Power Award 2017

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