I've had a Golf VII 1.6TDI DSG SE for the day today and I must say I was not that impressed. It was obviously well down on power and torque compared with my current A3. It had a 7-speed DSG without and steering wheel paddles which was strange as I use the paddles all the time when I'm driving. It seemed to need a lot more gear changing but that may well be down to the lower torque level. The rear suspension was the torsion bar type rather than the multi-link version and again did not seem as comfortable as my A3 despite both being SE versions.
The seats were fine as was the steering and I liked the slightly fatter steering wheel. I tried the new Adaptive Cruise Control and found it very strange but something I could probably get used to, but I'm not sure I would order it over a normal cruise control if I have the choice. No problem with the electronic hand-brake and it was fitted with hold-assist which seemed to work well.
When I took the Golf back I called in to the Audi dealer just down the road and sat in a new A3. The general quality of the interior of the Golf was good but I think I'm going to have to eat my words and say I don't think it's quite as good as the new A3. I quite liked the touch screen but I have to admit it did seem to have a mind of it's own at times scroling sideways when I just tapped a different radio station button. I'm not a great fan of the MMI system on the new A3 but, as I rarely play the radio or any music when I'm driving and would not buy a new A3 with built-in Sat/Nav preferring to stick to my TomTom, it's not something a would need to use that often.
All I need now is an A3 2.0TDI Sportback SE s-tronic to test drive and a similar version of the new A3 Saloon. Obviously the Saloon is not going to be avaialble to try until around September and 2.0TDI Sportbacks with s-tronic are a bit thin on the ground at the moment. It's a good job my current A3 is only 15 months old so still plenty of time to continue to test various models.