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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.
  • 2.3 V5 4dr

    Neil Short Date: 09/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My Bora came from Approved VW and is a 1999 170bhp model with full VW service history, 12 months all-parts warranty, breakdown cover (with hire car) and 50K on the clock, all for under five grand.

    What do you get? BMW 320i Sport or Audi 2.4 performance, a well-built, comfortable and well-appointed car, with good ride and practical for a small family. It's roomier than the Golf with a fair-sized boot and - because it has depreciated faster - was available for less money.

    It handles well, is economical around town, handles well on country roads and cruises motorways effortlessly. Performance is good with 60mph in a touch over eight seconds and on to near 140mph, although it never really feels that quick.

    In short, it's a well-priced, reliable, practical car with more than enough performance for most people's needs. It won't set your pulse racing but it's stylish for a small saloon and is worth considering if that's what you need.

    Personally, I'd recommend it to anyone.

  • 1.9 TDi PD 115 Sport 4dr

    gary smith , durham . Date: 01/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    i have had a 1.6 se bora in the past was a graet car but running cost cot to mush.so i sold it and naw own a tdi 115 sport is graet a head terner and lots of power and the spec is graet as good as a bmw and dos 50mpg in town and 65 on motorways they are a great family car is i mave twins henry and georgia"it has a boot that fits all they bits and bobs in and lots of room for the shopping to and looks sporty to.had family and pals gatting boras to now.they are a great car drive better than eny golf i have driven.and are bilt to last a life time.

  • 1.6 S 4dr

    Sam Cuddy , Tyrone . Date: 06/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this Bora from new in 2000. I would agree with many of the reviewers in the point that this is a good sturdy car which corners surprisingly well. It is a pain on bumpy roads though. The power for a 1600 engine is quite good, but I have driven the 130bhp diesel and I find it to be a much better choice. In comparison to the Golf I would pick the Bora everytime. It may not command the same price second hand but is basically the same car with a bigger boot. So the Bora is certainly the ideal choice second hand. I have recently put a set of 18inch alloys on mine and I still love it as much as I did when I bought it. I hope to drive it until it stops. I have clocked up 80,000 with no glitches at all. An excellent car.

  • 1.9 TDI PD 130 SE 4dr

    Chris Brock , Wiltshire . Date: 27/01/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 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

    My car

    To date, the only gripe I have with my Bora is that getting a bike in the back is very awkward - but I did save 30% compared to buying a similarly specified Golf. I bought the Bora at 18 months old with 10,000 miles on the clock.

    The interior is extremely well built and the SE model generally very well specified, including features such as cruise control and automatic windscreen wipers. I was surprised that a CD player was not standard on what had been an £18,000 car when it was new - a genuine VW unit cost £160 and integrates neatly into the dashboard, an unfortunate design feature being that it is obstructed by the cup holders when they are in use!

    The TDi 130 specification strikes an excellent balance between performance and economy - 'on the move' acceleration is particularly impressive. Longer motorway journeys return 60-65mpg when cruising at 70-80mph, it is possible to exceed 50mpg on local urban journeys, if driving with care. Overall with a mix of journeys and driving styles I achieve 55mpg.

    I would recommend this this car to anyone looking for a vehicle of this size.

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