Sometimes, it feels like shopping for a car is a lot like looking for a large piece of furniture.

You know it's going to cost a packet, and you're likely to be using it for years to come, so spending more on a piece you like, or looking a bit further afield than you might otherwise, is probably a wise approach.

Volkswagen's Golf range is a case in point. It doesn't have the same market reach as rivals from Mazda, Toyota and Hyundai, for example, and kilo for kilo it can seem like a pricier proposition.

But, just like that spotted gum double-door corner entertainment unit you saw in that one store, the Golf – especially in its new Mark VII.5 guise – is worth going back for another look.