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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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29 reader reviews for Volkswagen Bora Saloon.
  • 1.9 TDI PD 130 SE 4dr

    Steve Matthews , County Durham . Date: 15/08/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      53

    My car

    Having recently become a new parent and starting a new job with a 25 mile, A-road cross country commute which takes in some pretty breathtaking Durham dales scenery (and associated hills) there was only one possible outcome; The Porsche HAD to go! This made me very sad, right up until the point I came to advertise it and found that in little under a year, the value of an aging and decrepit example of Stuttgart engineering had near doubled. Not too sad after all!

    So, the hunt was on for something "grown up", practical, economical and all of those other adjectives that turns the heart of a red-blooded petrol head to stone. The hunt for a replacement was not much fun, I thought I'd hit rock bottom was reached sat on a second hand car forecourt in a baking hot Mondeo LX, I was wrong! I actually hit rock bottom when I believed I had the perfect car, a very tidy, if not somewhat high mileage 55-plate new shape Passat 2.0 TDI. This car was perfect, which made it all the most disappointing when the vendor decided he didn't want to part with it.

    All seemed for naught. Thankfully it wasn't and my salvation came in the form of a Black, low mileage, Bora SE TDI 130. The car is the perfect mix of practical and economical whilst still having the grunt to make you grin like a child at Christmas when you stomp on the loud pedal. It's comfortable and well appointed plus it doesn't look out of place in the executive car park. Economy, performance, practicality with style, perfec

  • 1.9 TDI PD 130 Highline 4dr

    Julie Bott Date: 21/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      55

    My car

    This car is like a wolf in sheep's clothing. It's responsive and sure footed and certainly shifts when put under pressure. It's been extremely reliable and cost effective to run. I regularly get 65+ mpg on my 13 mile run to work each day. It's great in town and equally good on motorways. Never had a problem until recently when emissions workshop light kept coming on. VW garage told me it would cost £100 to inspect and repair but a friend (a VW technician) tested it and said it's just an indicator that's playing up - not urgent. I wouldn't sell this car - it'll have to die before I change it

  • 1.9 TDi PD 115 Sport 4dr

    andrea rickard , denbighshire . Date: 03/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    this is a great car,ive owned this car for 2 years now without any glitches or problems,i previously owned a mondeo tdi which gave me alot of problems not to mention[barrings goin on clutch and drive shaft failing and only had 65k on clock,i would highly recommend this car to anyone,ive clocked up 80k trouble free miles,my main vw dealer are pretty good too,from now on im going to stick with my vw

  • 1.9 TDi PD 110 Sport 4dr

    Richard Dempsey , Wexford . Date: 16/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    I bought my '04 Bora Red I secondhand in Dec06 and have covered 40k since. Great car well specced with comfortline interior, alloys, remote locking and body coloured side trim and bumpers which greatly enhance the look of the car as the basic model is a bit plain looking. Oh and the windows come up automatically when you lock it remotely which I think is very cool. Unknown to myself this car was chipped by the previous owner and the power and acceleration is simply immense, this car will make you grin when you floor it. Having driven the Mondeo 138hp diesel this is faster. Consumption on a mix of average, poor and urban roads is a steady 48mpg (around 550 miles per tank) regardless of driving style, while two friends unchipped Bora's do about 55mpg. The only costs I've incurred are new clutch shortly after I'd bought, new tyres after doing 30k it and a timing belt around 75k. Also hit a deer but that's hardly VW's fault. Servicing costs not an issue as do routine stuff myself, its a very easy car to work on and get independent mechanic for anything serious. VW are cheap enough for parts but robbers when it comes to routine servicing. Sorry I didn't get an '05 version as these have improved interior trim. The traction control option would also help deal with the power as without it this car is a beast, but a joy to drive. Will prob go for Skoda Octavia VRS diesel next as VW have nothing to tempt me.

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