2010 VW Golf
We’ve just hammered the new sixth-generation Golf on some of the wettest and roughest Nordic roads imaginable near Reykjavík, Iceland. Most of our time was spent with the same 2,0-litre diesel that comes in the Jetta TDI. The sound insulation is exemplary. At speed, there’s a little rustling around the door mirrors, but then you look down and realise that you’re pushing well past 160 km/h. Matched to the six-speed DSG twin-clutch transmission, the diesel unit is powerful and well-mannered.