Overall winner 2013
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI Se 5dr ('10/10)
Dealer price £8700
Private price £8300
Official fuel economy 45.6mpg
CO2 emissions 144g/km
Annual road tax £140
Insurance group 17
Euro NCAP rating Five stars, with 97% for adults and 84% for children
The Mk6 Golf has long stood out as excellent to drive, while its high-quality, practical interior and exceptional refinement are just as impressive. Thanks to prices for the Mk6 having fallen to their lowest yet, it now also offers genuine value for money.
The best example of that value is the 1.4 TSI SE which, with prices starting from as low as £6200, lies within reach of most family budgets. With Volkswagen's 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the Golf never feels out of place either in town or at motorway speeds.
However, what most clearly sets the Golf apart from other small family hatchbacks is its cabin. It may not offer the most striking design, but there's no arguing with the quality of the materials or the finish. The Golf's build quality also helps make it a quiet, relaxing companion no matter how long the journey; that's also thanks to the fact that there's enough head-, leg- and shoulder-room for four adults to sit in comfort.
The Golf is cheap to run, too; the 1.4-litre car's fuel economy is impressive and its strong image means depreciation holds steady even after its third year. The five-star Euro NCAP safety rating will be the icing on the cake for most families.
All of which makes this Volkswagen Golf a great choice for a wide range of buyers, and that's why it's What Car's overall Used Car of the Year 2013.
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