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Fleet World Fleet: Volkswagen Golf R-Line 1.5-litre eTSI 150hp 7-speed DSG

The Golf comes with a high level of equipment, as Julian Kirk reports.

The lane keep assist is one of the few onboard technologies that’s not unobtrusive

P11d (BiK): £28,485 (29%) MPG/CO2: 47.8mpg/133g/km Test MPG: 48.2mpg

The level of technology in our relatively humble Golf is pretty extraordinary – there’s stuff in here that was ground-breaking in an S-Class Mercedes-Benz not that many years ago.

And most of it works well, being intuitive and unobtrusive… except the lane keep assist. I know they are soon to be mandatory and help towards an improved Euro NCAP score, but they are just so intrusive that they make driving really frustrating.

No matter what road you are on, the system sticks religiously to keeping you between the lines, chastising you when you dare to veer out of your lane.

As a result, the first thing I do when setting off in the Golf is turn it off – I much prefer to rely on my own judgement and concentration.

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