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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

    rob howcroft , lancs . Date: 13/02/2008
    • 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 have had my current golf for 3 years and can say it is by far the best all rounder i have ever owned. I had 3 golf mk 1 s back in th 80s and never thought I would re-kindle that love for driving I had back then. But the golf does that to you. forget its a desiel, you will never know when you put your foot down. Space is a bit cramped for my two sons 10 an 12 in the back, but they always have a grin on a quiet sunday morning when you hit that roundabout a bit quicker than you would if your wife was with you, going to their football match as will no doubt you !. Fuel bills are good also and give me mid 40s all the time. Service costs are ok as I go to an indipendant garage. Have had too many problems with so called main dealer specialists over the years, far too big and inpersonal.I have covered 37000 miles now and had no problems from buying the car as a demo model. The drivers window switch is beginning to show signs of wear but if thats the only hitch in 3 years... I will live with it. If you have just reached 40 and fancy a fast wolf in sheeps clothing..look no further you will not regret it!!

  • 1.6 SE 5dr

    John Hart , Leicestershire . Date: 07/02/2008
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned Golf 1.6 CL for over 6 years (now 61000 miles). I was quite disappointed initially as it was always going back to the garage: the boot lock and central locking had problems, the central processor had to be replaced (thankfully still under 3 years old) and all four coils have been replaced (VW know this is a problem and recalled several other versions of the Golf Mark 4 - but not mine). Nowadays I seem only to get the MOT and service done once a year and that is it. I think all the wrinkles have been worked out. It is quite comfortable, a bit noisy on acceleration. Economy is reasonable: short trips (10 miles) give 40-41 mpg. Longer trips if you are careful travelling at 50-60 mph you might get 45-48 mpg. I even once got 50 mpg on a 300 mile trip. Its a fairly basic, relaible, sturdy workhorse now. The best thing I like about it (in common with most VWs now) is the controls lighting of a rather nice blue and red. The local garage has always been helpful, try their best and picked me up when the coils went. I feel it has paid its way now - but I would not have said that 3 years ago. I have no intentions of getting rid of it at present.

  • 1.9 GTI TDI PD 150 5dr

    Jonathan Wills , Cornwall . Date: 07/01/2008
    • 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 the third Golf that I have owned and overall the best. I still can't believe how VW have combined performance and economy. Urban mpg is around 30 but out of town, it comes in to it's own. Hard driving will give about 40 but sit at 70mph at 2,000rpm in 6th gear and don't be surprised to see 60mpg. I once got it up to 63! It's by far the best car I've had for overtaking, the mid range torque is fantastic and even beats my old MK 2 GTI 16v. The servicing costs are fairly expensive (£500 for cambelt and 60k service) but a full VAG history is always preferred. Mine has now done nearly 80k without major fault and I will be sad to see it go. Some reviews you read fill you with horror but some people are just unlucky, no matter what car they buy. However, if you do your research well and buy one with a full history, you'll love it. It is worth noting that the 130bhp Golf is also worthy of consideration. My brother has this model and is also delighted with it. However, even though there's not a huge difference in performance, I seem to get better overall mpg. Happy motoring.

  • 1.9 TDi 90 S 5dr

    john o'neil , north lanarkshire . Date: 05/01/2008
    • 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

    hi have just sold my 2000 reg vw golf 1.9 s tdi which i had for nearly 5 yrs and if i'm completley honest i can fault it ome bit by far the best car i have ever owned and i was sorry to see it go.

    my reason for selling the car was i have a company vehicle which ment the car lay at my house most of the time. it was just short of 120k miles on the clock when i bought it with full service history, 1 owner and completley standard.i sold it with 150k on the clock and it still ran like new coz of i regulary serviced it.

    i kept up the service history but not with vw because of the cost which i think is a rip off i put 19" audi alloys,lowered it with a decent set 35mm springs which the car desperatly needed. the standard springs were very spoungie. the wheels and springs made a big difference BUT did give me trouble with the sterring i.e hed to replacethe power steer pump and i had to do track rod ends quite freqeuntly so beware of big wheel upgrades the can be too heavy somtimes.SOMETHINGS ARE MEANT TO BE LEFT ALONE HA HA!

    what a car !!! i certainly would buy another possibly the gt tdi with a bit more bhp coz i had the 90bhp which was just not quick enough but excellent mpg doing 50+mpg everytime.

    to sum it up make sure you buy one with service history not nesseraly vw. if your looking for good mpg the s tdi or the se tdi if your after a good performance diesel the gt tdi (still good mpg) is for you good luck.

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