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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 110 SE 4dr

    Daniel Duda , Hertfordshire . Date: 15/05/2008
    • 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

    My car

    I have owned this Bora since 2001 till November 2007. [The 81kw/110bhp engine however is not PD (pumpe-duese) as What Car specification states, PD engines started with 115bhp.] You will not regret owning this car. However, manual shift 6th gear which is on 115, 130, 150bhp engines is a great plus which I missed on this model. I covered 110k miles in six years. Climatronic compressor failed while under warranty and was replaced by VW. Besides this during all other miles that I drove this car just the alternator had to be replaced. No other repairs were needed besides the usual servicing (has variable service option). In all 110 000 miles the average fuel consumption of diesel was 50.63 mpg. Excellent car, highly reliable, fabulous level of equipment, very comfortable drive. Highly recommended. Way to go to VW!

  • 1.9 TDI PD 100 SE 4dr

    Russell Davies , Lancashire . Date: 17/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    My car

    This is my 4th Bora, all TDi's, my first one was a basic S model and I couldn't believe how well equipped it was,I have had 2 Highlines a 100bhp and a 130bhp guess which one i liked the best yes the 130.Why people buy the Golf i don't know, the Bora has terrific boot space and is more of a family car than the Golf. The economy of the TDi's is phenomal even my 130 bhp could return 55mpg at a steady 80mph on the motorway. Handling is very good and predictable and braking all that you can ask and more. VW dealers in my area now are rubbish now they have gone from family run concerns to "huge" national companies. My present Bora (my 4th) has had a lot done to it to keep me quiet, it was originally advertised as a 115bhp tdi (VW only put that engine in the earlier Boras, mine a '54 plate) it is in fact a 100bhp tdi.

  • 1.9 TDI PD 130 Highline 4dr

    Steven Bedford , Norfolk . Date: 11/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Owned this car from new- June 05. This is the third Bora we have owned. Without doubt the best. Few problems and only small such as the electronic boot lid switch failed. Odd ESP light warnings. Excellent fuel economy, good turn of speed when needed. Only complaints involve noisy dash and interior trims. VW servicing costs are a joke. Watched the last service which seemed to take no time at all. Charged 290 pounds for this second variable service. The car has covered 36k and we have been looking to trade it in as the warranty begins to fade, but the VW dealers have had a very 'take it or leave it' attitude. We tried many dealers trying to do the deal for a Jetta or Golf. The feeling we got was that they were making enough money anyway they didn't need to negociate. We have now signed up for a Skoda Octavia which appeared to us almost a Bora inside and to drive. Same parts, engine, transmission, running gear, key fob. It had great reviews on the JD Powers survey which convinced us we were doing the right thing. However the 'Briskoda' site for Skoda owners is not full of praise for the model. I am now having second thoughts. The next owner of our Bora is going to be a happy person!

  • 1.9 TDi PD 110 Sport 4dr

    PAUL HUTCHISON , Kent . Date: 02/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car because of VWs supposed build quality.It was a second hand purchase with one previous owner(VW themselves)and had 30k on the clock.Within months it required a new gearbox under warranty and has had the hand brake lever fail due to wear on the ratchet(soft steel),the rear door window surrounds replaced due to corrosion,rear shock replaced,cup holder fail,trim falling off or breaking,clutch break up at 50k. The driving experience is nothing special with poor handling and a sports suspension set up that VW should be taken to court under trades discription act,it crashes over bumps but is so soft its like riding a sponge quite an achievement! The interior is poor with lots of video box type plastics and who thought it was a good idea to coat all the plastics in a thin coat of rubber as it marks easily and comes away The only good part of this car is the radio which is Blaupunkt.Excellent tuner and sounds rather good. I certainly will never buy another VW product after this cars poor showing.

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