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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The Parkers verdictShould you buy a Volkswagen Golf? 

Yes. Even as it approaches retirement, there's so much to recommend about the Golf. Its wide range of power options is combined with a variety of trim levels to help tailor your Golf even more to your liking. All versions are well-equipped with air-con complete with rear-passenger air-vents, height-adjustment on both front seats, a colour touchscreen for the infotainment system with DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity, and seven airbags.

There’s also a wealth of extra-cost options to pore over to tailor your Golf closer to your specific needs, be it enhancing safety or upgrading the multimedia system. In short, there's a reason it's called the 'People's Car' – there's a Golf for everyone, and whichever version you choose, you know it's going to be a safe and hugely competent choice, if not as fun to drive as a Ford Focus or as spacious as a Skoda Octavia.

To keep things simple for you, if low running costs are a priority then the 1.6 TDI comes out with impressive claimed fuel economy figures, but is probably only worth going for if you're up and down the motorway constantly. If this isn't the case, the 1.5-litre TSI Evo in BlueMotion form is a smooth and punchy petrol that's easily capable of getting well over 50mpg without too much effort. This is also a particularly good option for company car drivers, although the lower BIK costs of a 1.0-litre TSI may be tempting here. Don't be put off by a 115hp power figure, either - it's an excellent engine in the Golf. 

We'd opt for a mid-spec Match Edition trim level as it comes with a vast amount of kit for the money. It doesn't come with quite as much kerb appeal as a GT or R-Line model, but there's little to argue with when you look at how much equipment it comes with. 

Performance fans don't miss out here, with GTI, GTI Performance and R versions of the Golf available, with various models available in between to cater to most buyers' needs. The GTD is an excellent motorway car, while the all-electric e-Golf makes EV driving very simple indeed.