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Volkswagen Golf GTI/R
The Top Gear car review:Volkswagen Golf GTI/R
Running costs and reliability
It’s hard to shift the feeling that this is pretty much the only car you need. No mean feat. VW claims a barely believable combined average of 47.1mpg for the GTI, while CO2 emissions of 139g/km put it in band E. On top of that, the fitment of emergency braking means the GTI sits a full five insurance groups lower than before. The R is pricey, sure, but equipped to match and even this can average 40mpg. There’s not a hot hatch on sale that’s more capable yet more sensible than these two.