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Volkswagen refreshes the Golf estate

Last year, Volkswagen replaced the Golf Mk5 with the current Golf Mk6. But a new Golf is more than just a new Golf. So many other models from Volkswagen lean heavily on the Golf's technology - everything from the VW Caddy van to the sporty Audi TT - that the arrival of a new generation of Golf usually triggers a ripple of model replacements across the VW, Skoda, Seat and Audi ranges.

Car Choice: Say cheerio, Cherokee – meet Mondeo mum

Lynne Gould is 61 and has a five-year-old Jeep Grand Cherokee that was bought to tow a caravan. There is no longer a caravan in Lynne's life, so now she wants an alternative vehicle, which will on average cover 11,000 miles a year economically. It will be required to accommodate Lynne's 84-year-old mother, often a grandchild – plus there is another on the way. Lynne also occasionally needs to transport large items, so needs space when the rear seats are laid flat.

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Dom Joly: Such were the joys of my Notting Hill years

I have been back in my old neighbourhood. Wandering down the All Saints Road in Notting Hill brought back so many memories – witnessing a man shooting three people directly underneath my window, watching Paula Yates's body being driven away from her flat, spotting a tipsy Mick Jagger leaning out of the window of the flat opposite, bumping into Paul McCartney in the Photo Gallery and him putting my then tiny little daughter, Parker, on his shoulders while I secretly cursed the fact that I didn't have a camera on me. It all makes the Cotswolds seem very parochial. Even leaving the area was a Notting Hill moment, as I sold the place to Salman Rushdie but chickened out of retiling my roof garden so that it read "Salman lives here" for the next time that the Google Earth cameras swept over.

Man quizzed over road crash death of boy, 2

A man was being questioned today over the death of a toddler in a road crash.

VW's unveils details for upgraded Golf

Volkswagen has revealed pricing and details of its latest BlueMotion model, the Golf Plus.

Volkswagen Golf GTD

Price: £21,850
Top speed: 136 mph 0-60mph 8.1 seconds
Consumption: 53.3 mpg
CO2 emissions: 139g/km
Best for: Shy types
Also worth considering? BMW 118d MSport; Honda Civic 2.CDTI Sport; Volvo C30 Sport

Car Choice: Heavens above! A Micra could be the answer to your prayers

Sandy Williams is 60, and from September her new, part-time post as a Methodist minister means she will be responsible for several rural chapels in south Gloucestershire. She will use her car to go round the churches, visit people in homes and hospitals, and sometimes return in the evenings for meetings. Sandy wants the least expensive, but most reliable car, which is cheap to insure and run. Oh yes, it must also be as green as possible and she has a budget of about £2,000.

Car Choice: A vehicle that's fit for teenagers ... and their cellos

Robin Thomas wants to replace a dependable, but rusty, Mercedes E Class estate. The car is used for commuting but goes on holiday – sometimes camping – and transports several teenagers with cellos. Ideally he wants another Mercedes but has not been very impressed with the quality of the build – or indeed the reproduction from the music system, which is very important to Robin. So with a budget of £10,000 he is looking for a vehicle that is capable of shifting the Thomas clan in style.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Price: £22,410
Top speed: 147 mph 0-60mph 6.9 seconds
Consumption: 38.2 mpg
CO2 emissions: 173g/km
Best for: Trammps
Also worth considering? Skoda Octavia VRS, Vauxhall Astra VXR, Honda Civic Type R, Mini Cooper S John Cooper Works

Car Choice: What's comfy, cheap to run, and has room for the dogs?

Jane Laws suffers from a lower-back problem and currently owns a Peugeot 305 Hdi 2 litre diesel estate, which is both uncomfortable and about to expire. Jane is looking for something which has a more upright seating position, and she insists that her next car should have steering-wheel adjustment, up and down as well as in and out. Not only that, it must be an estate car with room to accommodate her dogs and, obviously, in this day and age, it should be economical to run.

Woman arrested over hit and run death

Police investigating the suspected hit-and-run killing of a young boy have today arrested a woman.

The Golf GTI

The new generation of GTIs is here, but how is it different to its predecessors? Well, there's the tartan fabric for a start ...

Policeman convicted over schoolgirl's crash death

A traffic officer who drove his patrol car at 94mph without blue lights or sirens moments before knocking down and killing a schoolgirl was convicted today of causing death by dangerous driving.

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