Mercedes A45 AMG versus VW Golf R
There are great B-roads the breadth of Britain. So we’re using the new VW Golf R and Merc A45 AMG to investigate some of them...
Posted: 16 May 2014
The roads jag and jar across this flat, sunken, depressing plain – electricity pylons and tall rushes the only things standing in the path of the mean east wind. But the roads aren’t all straight. Nor are they level. In fact, the sump-scarred surfaces here are the worst we encounter anywhere. By miles. There’s a section somewhere – I’ve honestly put it out of my mind – which is so ridged and lumpen, it kangaroos the Golf so viciously my backside leaves the seat. Behind, I watch the A45 plough into the same section and… cope. Hmm.
Truth be told, the Golf R rides pretty firmly. You don’t notice it too much because it does everything else so professionally. The action of the throttle, gearbox and steering are sharp and accurate; everything you interact with is delightfully predictable – it’s a car that places no demands on you whatsoever and is good enough in many areas to distract you from its weaknesses. But the ride is sharp. Not aggressively so, but it lacks the damping finesse to really take the sting out of roads such as the B1096.