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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Thanks to plenty of adjustment in the driver's seat and steering column it's easy to find the perfect driving position in the GTI and the quality of the interior is superb. The blue backlit controls and dials give a premium feel to the cabin and all the switchgear works with robust precision. The flat-bottomed three-spoke steering wheel (complete with GTI badging) adds to the sporty feel as do the aluminium pedals.

It may not have the special feel of some hot hatches but there's an understated air of quality about the Golf's cabin that few cars can match. The Pirelli special edition model feature unique seats complete with a tyre tread pattern plus yellow stitching on the steering wheel and gear lever.

The interior is well trimmed and inviting - especially at night when the instruments are illuminated by soothing blue backlighting. There's a generous amount of room for the front passenger, while the rear comfortably accommodates two (three at a push). The front sports seats give good support and are adjustable while the retro chequered seat fabric (just like the original GTI) is standard, although other colours are available.

Thanks to the impressive ride quality the Golf is comfortable, even on uneven surfaces while road and wind noise are minimal.