Polite chit-chat could be about to get awkward. Sorry. Because for at least 15 years, ‘just buy a Golf’ has been the standard-issue, locked’n’loaded response to anyone who asks you – a Car Person – what car they should buy.
On autopilot, you recite to the Non Car Person that Golfs are comfy, practical, easy-going and quite smartly put together. Seeing signs your new friend knows their onions? You change tack, and mention a GTI or a Golf R Estate DSG. Recommending a Golf is like picking white kitchen units, or choosing Michael Bublé background music. Spectacularly inoffensive. You pretty much can’t go wrong.