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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Volkswagen has attempted to give the Golf an even more upmarket interior with finishes and materials usually associated with premium executive cars. It's certainly been a big success and wouldn't look out of place in a car costing £30,000. The wonderfully comfortable cabin exudes quality with neat air conditioning controls, a stylish touchscreen stereo system and easy to read white-backlit dials.

The design is similar to the previous model but now feels ever better built, while all the switchgear has a slick feel. The driving position is superb too, with plenty of adjustment in both the seat and steering column while all round visibility is good.

Thanks to the use of new door seals and thicker glass, the Volkswagen Golf comfort levels have been improved. The cabin is well insulated from outside noise - although there is noticeable wind noise around the top of the doors at higher speeds. Overall, however it's incredibly quiet and refined while the suspension does an excellent job of absorbing bumps and potholes in the road making it ideal for long motorway journeys.

The seats are comfortable and supportive, there's a decent amount of legroom in the back for rear passengers plus all cars come with air conditioning as standard.