Volkswagen Golf MatchA long-running Volkswagen Golf ‘high value’ edition has returned – the Golf Match is back to replace the SE variant in VW’s Mk7 Golf range.

Priced from £19,680 (for a 1.4 TSI 122 3dr), the Golf Match bolsters the already-decent standard spec of the outgoing Golf SE with some handy new additions. They comprise:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Front fog lights
  • Folding door mirrors
  • Door mirror puddle lights
  • Reverse-activated auto-dip nearside door mirror
  • 16-inch ‘Denver’ alloys

Volkswagen doesn’t put a price on how much all this extra kit is worth, but it does point out there’s NO price increase over the SE for the new Golf Match.

Although nearly £20,000 for a mid-range Golf three-door sounds pricey, the Match-nee-SE does also feature plenty of other desirable features, such as ACC Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, PreCrash occupant protection and Composition Media system with 5.8-inch colour touchscreen. Not a bad haul for a mid-spec model.

Available with 1.4 TSI 122, 1.6 TDI 105 and 2.0 TDI 150 engines (but not, interestingly, the base 1.2 TSI – that’s reserved for the entry-level S), the Golf Match is available to order now and Volkswagen expects deliveries to begin in September. Just in time for the new registration plate change – and also well timed to counter challengers such as the from-£15,995 new Nissan Pulsar…