Volkswagen has introduced a new model to the Golf range, slotting in below the GT TDI and GT FSI models.

The Golf Sport complements the line-up by combining the 1.6 FSI and 1.9 TDI engines of S and SE Golfs with the more dynamic appearance of the range-topping models.

The Golf Sport is expected to appeal to those customers who want a sporty appearance but who do not require the higher output powerplants found at the top of the Golf line-up. The new model has lowered sports suspension, front sports seats, 16″ alloy wheels and body-coloured bump and side strips.

The Golf Sport sits alongside the Golf SE, offering customers a host of extra equipment over the S model. This includes a multifunction computer; alarm with interior protection; Climatic semi-automatic air conditioning (until 31 December 2004); leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel, gear knob, gaiter and handbrake grip; and a 10-speaker radio/CD player.

Prices start at £15,515 for the 1.6-litre 115 PS three-door model.