The VW Golf has built itself an enviable reputation as the benchmark hatchback in its segment. Aside from a few dips along the way, since the very first model arrived in 1974 it has been a great automotive all-rounder.

From a handful of engine and trim offerings in the Golf I (including the game-changing GTI) we now have nine models, 20 engines and an options list that goes on for five pages – a lot of choice, especially for what once used to be a simple family run around.

But while the range has grown dramatically, so have the offerings in the vehicle market in general. So that got us thinking, could you get a second-hand luxury saloon for the price of a new Golf? Cars that not only offer a long specification list, but also have the space and image that no mid-range hatchback can compete with…

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