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Volkswagen's Golf VI might look familiar, but the delight is in the detail

8 Apr 2009

EVOLUTION has never felt as sweet as Volkswagen’s sixth-generation Golf. Dubbed ‘5.5’ by critics who rightly claim this is little more than a re-bodied MkV, the iconic German hatch gains a palpably higher-quality interior and cracking new engine options to match its fresh set of clothes. But Volkswagen has also paid close scrutiny to the smaller details that collectively help make the latest Golf stand tall indeed – all for a decent wedge, of course ...
Model release date: 1 February 2009 to 1 March 2013

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Golf V

Released: August 2004
Ended: February 2009
Family Tree: Golf

PERHAPS the most changed Golf ever, the Golf V introduced a sophisticated multi-link rear suspension system to combat the high-flying Ford Focus, to go with an all-new, larger body. The 2.0FSI Comfortline was the well-equipped mid-range version, with plenty of standard features to justify the Volkswagen’s premium pricing, as well as a powerful 110kW/200Nm 2.0-litre FSI direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine, paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox. Buyers could also pair the Comfortline model with the Sportline package, for a visually enhanced vehicle. The Pacific edition replaced both models from April 2008, adding different trim and ESP stability control as standard.

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