Now, if we were true to this cause we’d have left the winter tyres on our long-term Golf GTI Edition 35. But, frankly, it looked a bit pants. And having swapped it onto the ‘proper’ wheels and tyres (possibly a little hasty if the weather forecasts are to be believed), Riggers was looking forward to trying out ‘his’ Golf on its proper wheels.
So we’re tarts. Having avoided the Golf whilst in its Bluemotion-esque disguise we’re now all too happy to be seen out and about in it. I took it up for a meeting in Milton Keynes the other day and, though not quite as entertaining as the AE86, it really demonstrated quite what a weapon this Golf is.
It really is a car that asks no questions at all. It looks cool, goes like stink in a relatively understated manner, doesn’t rub people up the wrong way like some more aggressively styled performance cars can and does all the pleasing, easy-to-live-with stuff you’d expect of any Golf. But there’s real depth too. The fixed-rate dampers are lively and, in extremes, capable of being overwhelmed by really high-speed compressions. But they feel better than the adjustable ones and the Golf feels very light on its feet and a lot livelier and more involving than the sensible VW stereotype would have you believe. And the grip on the ‘big’ wheels is immense, the XDS electric LSD meaning bold entry speeds can be matched with entertainingly committed early on the power exits.
But mainly it looks ace on its big wheels. And, yes, that’s purely form not function.