Will the new PH fleet arrival 'reflect' the spirit of the original? (Sorry)
It's also been created to celebrate 35 years since the golf GTI first appeared, so we thought it was about time we got one on the PH fleet to see if it still has the old magic when you live with it on a day-to-day basis.
A winter's tale
Talking of day-to-day things, it won't have escaped your notice that it is winter. It also won't have escaped your notice that manufacturers are keen to promote the merits of their 'all-season tyres' following a couple of uncharacteristically harsh winters. Which explains the odd 1.6S-alike alloys on our car - we thought we'd test out the merits (or otherwise) of winter tyres.
The question is, do the squidgy sidewalls and big tread blocks spoil the Golf's chuckable hot hatch attitude? And do they really help out when the going gets miserably cold? It's rather too early to say at the moment, but no doubt we'll find out soon.
As for the other first impressions, well it's pretty much all good - inside, the Edition 35 brings with it leather seats, a 'golf ball' gear knob on the DSG 'box and some subtle badging on the kickplates.
I'm just hoping it's as up for a proper B-road blast with its cold-season tyres on as it was when I drove it on 'summer' tyres...
Car: 2011 VW Golf GTI Edition 35
Run by: Riggers
Bought: December 2011
List price new: £31,030 (inc. £1770 infotainment pack and £440 for parking sensors front and rear)
Value now: c. £26,000 (after 5000 miles)