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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The cabin is tasteful, although the dark materials give a sombre look. The steering column and driver’s seat are height adjustable, so even shorter drivers should be able to find a suitable driving position. Peripheral visibility is, obviously, superb with the roof down, only restricted slightly by the roll bar (which increases rollover safety but looks less sleek than the Astra) while pulling out of junctions is safe and easy as there’s no secondary windscreen pillar that may obscure approaching traffic.

The front seats are contoured, hugging passengers on long journeys and providing good support. The two in the back shouldn’t feel crushed, as rear space is fairly generous though it can be blustery when the roof is down. The firm ride is acceptable, and the Golf is settled on all but the bumpiest of road surfaces. The optional heated leather seats look great, adding a touch of class to the cabin.