VOLKWAGEN’S Golf - thanks to its eight generations over almost 50 years - has always been the go-to choice for families from all backgrounds. Its can-do-all ethos, no matter what setting, has yielded a legion of fans who expect the best from VW’s most famous creation - space, comfort, a good drive and an everything-to-everyone character.

It’s an amazing feat when you think about its breadth of ability - the Golf is a car anyone would be happy to be seen in, no matter how deep the driver’s pockets.

Now into its eighth generation, all appears well with the all-new Golf, but you still approach it with a little caution because you know just how much weight is on its shoulders.

Expectation levels are automatically high when you’re a class-leading vehicle, especially so when the predecessor was so accomplished. Outside, it’s typically Golf, albeit with a thorough modernisation over the previous model.

The headlights, connected with a strip that runs the full length of the bonnet, look brilliant and the angular rear lights follow suit.

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Inside is where it gets even better, though.

It might be under the same ownership banner as Porsche, but there’s more than a little 911 in here with the stumpy automatic gearlever and the dashboard design. The platform-wide digital view remains a great thing to view while following the car’s in-built sat-nav, and the steering wheel is just the right side of chunky. The touchscreen works well and is the best in its class.

Two gearboxes - a twin-clutch DSG and a six-speed manual - are available and you won’t be disappointed with either, although the former does carry a premium.

This car’s 115bhp 2.0-litre diesel doesn’t exactly set the world alight, but performance fans will soon have GTD, GTI and R variants to paw over, although a diesel version still makes absolute sense despite them becoming increasingly unfashionable simply thanks to the brilliant mileage range they offer.

The Golf’s steering is rather light - great for around-town commuting - but it’s a tad vague on the move and could do with a bit more heft. There’s plenty of grip, though, and handling remains a particular sweet spot.

So then, how do you conclude a car like VW’s new Golf? The fact it’s better than ever says a lot and VW have done what VW regularly do: build on brilliance, make ever-so-slight tweaks but keep true to the Golf ethos. Mission complete.