Top Gear's ultimate hot hatch test...
….featuring the ultimate driver. But which car will prevail?
Posted: 22 May 2013
Because then the Golf proves itself to have zingy throttle response and a set of road manners that belie the 1,401kg kerbweight and tall body. It reacts crisply to inputs - more so than the Focus, which has almost oversharp steering to go with its more compliant suspension, or the Astra, which has the opposite problem - super-direct chassis, springier steering.