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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
    3 out of 5 stars

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76 reader reviews for Volkswagen Golf Hatchback.
  • 1.8 GTI 3dr

    Babs Johnson Date: 15/11/2004
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is a great car when it is not in the shop for repairs. So far the window actuators have been replaced twice with the window falling into the door each time. Second, a bad fuel pump stranded me while on holiday. Third, recalls for ignition coils.

    Other than that, my driving experience has been very good. A very strong engine and excellent workmanship on the interior and exterior. I would not purchase this car now that the Mark 5 is available with significant improvements.

  • V6 4Motion 5dr

    Tina Kampus Date: 21/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is a company car, and my third Golf, having traded up from a 1.6CL to a 1.8 GTi Turbo, and now to the V6 4-Motion.

    The V6 4-Motion is a fantastic car for wide, straight, empty roads, where it eats up the miles with refinement and ease. Get above 4000 revs in second or third, and it's spare-pants-requiring stuff.

    However, it uses a lot of petrol and you'll find yourself wanting to get up to 6th as soon as possible to avoid more frequent visits to petrol stations. Around town, having to go through six gears is a pain.

    The dashboard-mounted CD means that there is less space to accommodate the central console controls compared with the models which had the CD changer in the boot, with the net result being that the stereo and climate control buttons are small and fiddly.

    The steering is nicely weighted and the car feels substantial (as with all Golfs). The handling is safe, but boring - I found the Astra more exciting.

    All in all, it's a great car for the Autobahn, but I would not spend my own money on one.

  • 1.6 S 5dr

    John Franklin , Cheshire . Date: 07/10/2004
    • Overall 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my second Golf, and first Mark 4. It is a huge improvement on the Mark III 1.6 in terms of ride, power, refinement and quality. The cabin is a great place to be, with a genuine feel of quality and solidity.

    The ride of the standard car is geared towards comfort and not sportiness. Don't expect it to tackle fast corners with gusto. This car is best driven in a calm manner. While this may be boring for some, for me it means I can enjoy the cars comfort and refinement. I arrive at my destination relaxed and with a sense of having been cosseted and protected on my way there.

    If you want a keener drive then go for a Golf GTI, or better still a Ford Focus Zetec.

    VW service costs are not low, but the car is economical for a petrol. I regularly achieve nearly 40mpg on a mixed run, and have even nudged 50mpg with the air-con off and driving like a saint!

    All the controls have a light action, particularly the clutch. This adds to the ease of driving.

    Only the steering can be a little heavy when parking or making low-speed manoeuvres.

    I expect to keep this car for several years, and feel confident it will continue to provide good service throughout, just as its Mark III predecessor did.

  • 1.9 GTI TDI PD 150 5dr

    Andrew Ramshaw Date: 06/10/2004
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I just drove 4000 miles down to Tarifa in Spain with six windsurfers and the car loaded to the hilt.

    We averaged between 33mpg and 36mpg there and back. The car is fantastic with massive torque and easy and comfortable to drive.

    It is on variable service and the costs are £200 approx every 20K. Due to the massive torque, you need to be light on the accelerator if you want good tire mileage.

    Brilliant diesel engineering.

    I will drive it until it dies, as there is nothing that comes close to it for all-round use.

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