2015 Volkswagen Golf R-Line Review: 103TSI
  • Excellent cornering and composure over bumps; progressive steering system is excellent; willing engine never feels short of puff; interior neatened up by dark materials;
  • Touchscreen media system dated and slow; not cheap, and some rivals are more budget-friendly; people will constantly ask you if it's the Golf R

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9 / 10

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