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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The previous Golf had a solid interior and this version builds on that with an even more sophisticated feel to the cabin. The dash has been redesigned along with the instrument dials, while many of the switches and buttons, such as the air conditioning controls, now have a higher quality feel. The standard stereo is a stylish blue backlit design which is incredibly easy to use, while an optional system with a colour touch screen display is available.

Finding a comfortable driving position is easy thanks to plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustment, while Sportline models have sports seats with extra side support.

Thanks to its strong build quality and excellent sound insulation, Volkswagen Golf Estate comfort is impressive. It is a serene and relaxed motorway car. This is further helped by the impressive ride which irons out uneven surfaces with minimal fuss. The TDI engines can be a little noisy at higher revs, but with good pulling power they rarely need to be worked hard.

Up front it's just like a Golf hatch, with a high-class feel and plenty of room. The seats offer plenty of support too. The back is a little more cramped, especially if you have a taller driver and front passenger with the front seats slid back. Alternatives like the Golf Plus have more rear legroom.