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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The most powerful version of the VAG 1.8 turbo with a grin-inducing 225bhp, although older versions had to make do with 210bhp. Six-speed gearbox means there’s a gear for every occasion.

Deploys its performance with surprising ease considering it all goes through the front wheels. Handling and steering are significantly sharper than the old Golf on which it was based.