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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The dash layout is sensible and logical, and the overall feel, especially in the higher spec models, is of a high grade of luxurious motoring. This is where the VW badge hints that it can play with the prestige marques.

Impressive level of legroom – it’s capable of transporting four in comfort and five for a short while. The seats are comforting and supportive and the cabin is well insulated against noise.