The Golf Mk8 costs £23,875. So, new Golf or used TVR Tuscan?
It’s that age-old dilemma that we’ve all faced at one point or another
We love this game, although things may be about to get slightly out of hand…
The new news is that the brand-new MkVIII Volkswagen Golf will start at £23,875. For that you’ll get a ‘Golf Life’ with the 128bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine and a six-speed manual gearbox. It’ll be safe, sensible and reliable. In fact, we’ve driven it and concluded that it remains the lingua-franca of the hatchback world.
Prices rise steadily through the twenties for different power outputs and trim levels, ending with the top-spec 2.0-litre diesel ‘Golf Style’ complete with a seven-speed DSG for £29,170.
But what if you want something a little more, well, exciting… and you’re not prepared to wait for the GTI or R versions of the new Golf either? Don’t worry, once again Top Gear is here to save the day.
May we suggest a TVR Tuscan for the Lady or Gentleman? Because, well, why the heck not? As we all know, internal combustion engined cars are on their way out – so why not go out in a blaze of fibreglass glory?
The TVR will not be reliable – and without traction control, anti-lock brakes or airbags some may not consider it to be sensible – but it’ll be a damn sight cooler than anything else you were comparing with that Golf.
Now, you won’t be able to find a Mk2 Tuscan like the one above for £23,000, but a Mk1 with the cheese grater front grille and the 4.0-litre 360bhp Speed Six would be within budget. Perhaps just make sure it’s had a factory engine rebuild, yeah?
And hey, the TVR has a manual gearbox just like the base-spec Golf, so this isn’t the most ridiculous comparison article yet, right?
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