I searched and searched for an appropriate 2nd-hand diesel Golf. Finally I found one and have never looked back.
Great fun to drive with heaps of mid range torque. This car is a pleasure to take on the highway – feels like it was made for the autobahns in Germany. There is a bit of a blind spot due to the thick C pillar so be careful when changing lanes.
The interior is very comfortable and well laid out. Love the one touch power windows and also the function on the keyfob where, if you hold down unlock, all windows go down so you can vent a little before getting in during summer. The air conditioning could be colder but perhaps that’s just part of getting older.
The one disappointment is the servicing costs. Volkswagen charges a ridiculous fee for maintainance so I am now looking at independent VW specialists to take over.