Mid-range model is designed to offer improved value.

Volkswagen has launched a new mid-range version of its ever-popular Golf hatchback that’s designed to offer improved value for money.

Dubbed the Match edition, the £20,545 family hatchback replaces the outgoing SE and SE Navigation models in the heart of the range.

It’s about £1,000 more expensive than the cheapest SE model, but the Golf Match benefits from a new alloy wheel design, front fog lights, tinted windows and satellite navigation as standard. In all, VW says the Match works out £300 cheaper than the equivalent SE variant.

Customers interested in the new trim level are spoilt for choice when it comes to engines and bodystyles. VW will offer the Match specification on almost all variants of the car, including the Estate and SV mini-MPV, as well as the ordinary three- and five-door hatchbacks However, both these more practical versions command a noticeable premium. The Golf Estate Match comes in at £22,385, while the Golf SV Match will cost £22,745.

2019 Volkswagen Golf Match

Under the bonnet, the entry-level versions of the Match will come with the 113 bhp 1-litre turbocharged petrol engine, but customers will also be able to choose a similarly powerful 1.6-litre diesel or one of two more potent 1.5-litre ‘Evo’ petrol engines.

The 128 bhp version will cost £1,040 more than the basic 1-litre engine, with an asking price of £21,585 while the 148 bhp iteration will cost another £1,430, bringing the total to £23,015. The cheapest diesel will cost £22,140 - an increase of just under £1,600 on the 1-litre petrol.

2019 Volkswagen Golf Match

Ringing the changes for Christmas

As well as bringing in a new trim level, Volkswagen has also made subtle modifications to variants in the existing line-up in readiness for 2019. Five-door Golf GTI Performance and Golf R models will all be bestowed with keyless entry as standard, along with a rear-view camera and a lane-keeping assistance safety system.

Volkswagen UK’s head of marketing, Geraldine Ingham, said the changes would make the Golf even more attractive to buyers.

2019 Volkswagen Golf Match

“The added value of the expanded range of standard-fit equipment in the new Match editions further strengthens the Golf’s already compelling appeal,” she said.

"The Golf is hugely popular here. Indeed, it is the second-best selling car in the UK in 2018 and offering extra value through these equipment upgrades is sure to make it even more attractive.”

The 2019 VW Golf is available to order now, with the first customer deliveries expected in January.

Gallery: 2019 Volkswagen Golf Match