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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.
  • 1.9 GT TDI PD 130 5dr

    Dan Post , Hampshire . Date: 18/04/2012
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    We've owned this car for nearly four years. Now showing almost 130,000 miles and still costing us buttons to run and maintain.

    The Golf's chassis is soggy, but the brilliant 130 bhp PD diesel more than makes up for it. It's a bit rumbly, but it punts the Golf along so effortlessly and economically, that you can't help but love it. It also responds very crisply to small throttle inputs, something many more modern diesels still don't get right, and never feels underpowered, even when fully laden.

    The expensive looking materials in the mk4 Golf cabin don't age well. The plastic coating has fallen off most of the interior door handles and the gear lever gaiter. There are also numerous rattles and squeaks which don't tie in with the quality Germanic reputation. That said, mechanical reliability has been fabulous. A family friend looks after the car who is a VW technician of 20 yrs experience, so he charges a fair price and does a good job. Aside from servicing, the original clutch and flywheel gave up the ghost at 120,000 miles (cost me £500 all in), and the battery (£60) shortly afterwards. It's also needed a CV gaiter (£30). That has been it in >40,000 miles of use.

    Bodywork wise, the car still looks great. It's Reflex Silver, and still polishes up like new, apart from a few minor marks. The car doesn't look its age and mileage.

    We intend to keep this car until it dies. Light and economical in town, quiet punchy and relaxed on the motorway, and very reliable.

  • 1.8T GTI 3dr

    Chris Newman , Surrey . Date: 26/01/2009
    • 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

    Great car which i bought as ex-demo in 2003 (6 months old at the time), i loved driving and owning it till i got a new Audi TT just over a year ago!!

    At this point i passed the car onto my wife, she loved it too, looks great, drives well (if not as sharp as TT/new GTI etc)and practical too!

    Sadly my wife was driving it round the local one-way system in Guildford when a lorry changed lanes without checking mirror properly and sandwiched her between lorry and railings!! Luck she only suffered minor injuries, unfortunately car written off but i feel sure its sturdy body and structure saved her from more serious injury or indeed worse!! Will be missed in our house

  • 1.9 GT TDi 110 5dr

    Max Ellenberger , Isle of Man . Date: 23/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    My friend actually owns this car, but I've experienced first hand two problems. 1 - As the Golf has been putting on weight over it's evoaution, and alhough it as TDi engine, it doesn't save it from the fact that you need to us the turbo all the time! 2 - Electics are proving to be annoying now, with winter setting in. I suggested to the wne of the car, the reason why it's alarm i randomly activating at night, is that moisture has made it's way into the fusebox. I wouldlike to know if any other owners of the mk of Golf have experienced this to

  • 1.9 GTI TDI PD 150 5dr

    Iain Mair Date: 03/12/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      53

    My car

    I've owned a late 2001 GT TDi 150 for just over two years. It cost me £5500 with 94k on the clock. Now has 143k and is still worth £3500-4000. Truly the best car I've owned and I've had Passat's, Audi A6's, etc. Only non-service cost has been a new clutch and flywheel at £600, even through father-in'law's trade. The clutch didn't fail; was just getting noisy. Other than this, it is a true great; at least 60mpg on a long m'way run and usual average of 53mpg, helped by the great 6-speed 'box. Niggles are rattling centre console, failed glovebox latch and fast wear on front tyres. I'd like another one, but with DSG & satnav this time !

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