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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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28 reader reviews for Volkswagen Bora Saloon.
  • 1.9 TDI PD 150 Sport 4dr

    jacqui baldwin Date: 22/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This may not be the best looking car thar VW turns out but with the equipment on this model it is by far the most comfy

    It looks strong and feels stable on the road albeit a little frisky! But over all, it's a fantastic car to drive and the mgp is very good.

    It's all about style comfort and above all performance. This car is quick and stops on a sixpence. It's a very reasuring drive and I would recommend it to all.

  • 1.9 TDI PD 130 Sport 4dr

    Richard Archer , Durham . Date: 09/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      3 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

    The Bora is a well-made car with an excellent interior - this car's trump card.

    It has a classy feel, and is a pleasure to drive.

    The Bora 1.9 TDI PD 130 Sport has the advantage of sports suspension, which sharpens the handling up considerably on the lower-ranked S and SE models, which tend to roll around all but the smoothest corners. Combined with the punchy diesel engine, the driving experience is pleasurable, if not thrilling. Economy is good (with enthusiastic driving you will still get 45-50mpg).

    Having driven a number of the newest diesel engines on the market (eg from Renault and Alfa Romeo) I consider the VW TDI unit to be easily the best.

    It is noisy, but its torque and mid-range grunt more than make up for this. The Renault unit, in particular, is bland in comparison. Unless you want a 3.0V6 or the like, there appears little point in buying a petrol car these days.

    This model costs over £18k, which is a lot for a car which fails to convince as much more than a hatch-sized saloon. Having said that, as a second-hand buy it makes more sense, and can be excpected to run for 200,000 miles plus with few major problems. To me, it has more style than a Golf (certainly the new one) and is a better buy than the flabby Passat or, badge aside, A4. If you can do without the driving dynamics, I would rate the Bora as a viable 3-series alternative. And remember, you'll still be able to drive this car in the winter!

  • 1.9 TDI PD 130 SE 4dr

    david starkie Date: 06/10/2004
    • 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

    My car

    I've had the car for 2 years.

    It's got a tremendously torquey engine, is very reliable, very comfortable, and the consumption has been up to 65mpg.

    It's the best car I have ever owned.

  • 1.9 TDI PD 100 SE 4dr

    Greg Lean Date: 05/10/2004
    • 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

    In Short, the Bora impresses as a go-between of run-of-the-mill small family cars and the more pricey small execs. You get a premium quality interior and a design similar to the much sought-after Audi A4, but for less money.

    Cabin space is very good in the front, but less so in the rear. The boot is large, but the small opening, the result of the modern rakish design of current cars, reduces its practicality.

    The ride is smooth and refined, and the build quality is apparent in all the interior fittings. The auto-dimming rear-view mirror is great as is the associated rain-sensitive wiper system that comes as standard on all but the S models.

    The car is stylish, but disliked as a non-exec 4-door car. The cars reputation of quality is unfortunately contradicted by its poor resale values, but makes a great used buy. Running costs seem reasonable too, which should add to its attraction.

    In the UK, hatchbacks are seen as more practical, but when 4 people are on board, the luggage space is insufficient. The Bora solves that by having enough room for 4, AND their luggage. It will however not be able to ferry your furniture around, but if that is a regular requirement, a van might be a more sensible purchase.

    Summery: The Bora is a generously equipped pseudo exec that fulfils the small family car very well. It combines style, practicality and cost better than most of its rivals, and at least feels its price.

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