Volkswagen has introduced a new permanent trim level to its Golf range, the Match, offering even better value for money than the S model it replaces. The new model, which is on sale now, costs from £11,995 on the road and comes with an impressively high level of standard equipment.

Compared with the S, the Golf Match benefits from a CD player; 15 inch ‘Avus II’ alloy wheels; remote central locking with alarm; and a multifunction computer – features totalling around £1,200. Despite this, the Match costs just £215 more than the model it supersedes.

These extra value items join the already generous standard equipment list of the outgoing S model, which includes ABS; ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme); air conditioning; four airbags; electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors; electric windows; and a 3 year/60,000 mile warranty.

The Match is available with three petrol engines – a 75 PS 1.4-litre, a 105 PS 1.6-litre manual and a 102 PS 1.6-litre automatic. Alternatively, there is a sophisticated Pumpe Düse 1.9-litre TDI PD diesel with 100 PS, offering flexible performance with low emissions and high fuel economy.

Volkswagen’s Golf has always represented good value for money, thanks to its blend of high residual values, competitive pricing, solid build and long-standing reputation for reliability. The recent Fleet News FN50 reliability survey confirmed this, when the Golf came out on top as the most reliable model overall.

Golf Match – ‘on the road’ prices  
1.4-litre 75 PS 5-speed, 3-door £11,995
1.4-litre 75 PS 5-speed, 5-door £12,615
1.6-litre 105 PS 5-speed, 5-door £13,190
1.6-litre 102 PS 4-speed auto, 5-door £14,030
1.9-litre 100 PS 5-speed, 5-door £14,575

Published : 15/01/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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