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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For It drives well and there's a wide range of engines

Against Saloon body lacks practicality of the Golf it's based on

Verdict Cheaper than more practical Golf, but the Bora is just as well built

Go for… 1.9 TDI

Avoid… 1.6

Volkswagen Bora Saloon
  • 1. Timing belts snap on 1.8 petrols, leading to seriously costly engine repairs or replacement
  • 2. Watch out for smoke when diesel engines start up - the turbochargers can stick
  • 3. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and the cabin is very solidly made
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