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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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305 reader reviews for Volkswagen Golf Hatchback.
  • 1.9 TDI SE 5dr

    David Fisher Date: 10/02/2009
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      58

    My car

    Since the 1.9TDI seems to be the model most commonly seen on the roads yet you have virtually no reviews of this popular version - here goes. Briefly the Golf is a strongly built, well-designed, comfortable (even over v long distances), economical hatchback, greatly enjoyable and reassuring to drive and fully fit for purpose. The diesel engine is audible yet induces a relaxing style of driving, but the power is there when needed, up to a point! I'm not interested in the traffic-lights Grand Prix since I own my car and pay for all its costs, so am not going to treat it with anything other than care. 45000 miles so far and very few faults. I love it! I have the greatest admiration for Gilbert Lawton, VW main agent in Altrincham - they've given me the best customer service I've experienced since I bought my first car (1932 MG J2 for £35) in 1964. Yes of course I'd like a better equipped, more powerful model (Mk VI maybe?) - I'm a man and where toys - sorry, cars are concerned I think we're all acquisitive. Thanks VW.

  • 1.4 TSI 120 Match 5dr

    alan cookson , durham . Date: 07/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car for just over a month now no problems to report up to now.I have the 7 speed dsg box which is very impressive although sometimes when pulling out of junctions it can be a bit jerky and hesitant.Mpg is only around 37 but would expect that to improve as the miles mount up.The ride and handling is really impressive compared to my previous car Polo 1.9 tdi sport.But got to say the standard fit CD player in car is not as good as was in Polo just not the same sound quality.Dealer was very good Lookers Darlington but this was my 6th VW bought from them so i have been a good customer of theres .Overall really impressed with the car did think about the mk6 golf but couldnt justify spending nearly 17500 pounds my opinion got just as good a car in the mk5 but for 3500 pounds less.If you are in the market for a small family car you will be hard pressed to find a better one than this mk5 golf,Buy one you wont be dissappointed

  • 2.0 FSI GTI 3dr

    ian m Date: 31/01/2009
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      28

    My car

    As much as i want to love this car it has been seriously unreliable and i drive around a paranoid wreck thinking whats nex?. (If only all the onlookers and admirers new what i was going through!). It starts and drives but the endless rattles vibrations knocks and trips to the dealers has been a regular occurence. Problems so far include: Clutch and flywheel - replaced Steering rack - replaced rear light cluster - replaced door realignment Dash removed and cable cluster re clipped off side undertray coming loose and creating serious rattling in cabin.- replaced Monza alloys replaced. One thing I will mention though is my dealer has been spot on and everything has been done under warranty and with no arguments or questions asked. Every time I leave the dealership with the latest problem resolved the cars a wicked fun to drive machine, but deep down I know its only a matter of time before the next trip !! (What was that noise!!)

  • 2.0 TDI 170 DPF GT Sport 5dr

    David Lee , West Yorkshire . Date: 12/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    An almost perfect hot hatch - one of VW's undiscovered gems. I moved to Mk V TDI after 3 Golf GTis - the last was a Mk IV GTi Turbo - and find that VW has recovered the eager acceleration of the Mk 1 Campaign - high praise. Apart from idle, the diesel engine is fairly quiet with huge torque (more than the Golf R32) which provides effortless long distance travel; the reason for not giving 5 stars is that the torque curve steps in at 1800 rpm (and pulls for ever) but it's a bit lifeless below that. Road holding and turn in approach go kart abilities - excellent. The body is well built, though not quite the quality of the Mk IV, and the extra space is appreciated by back seat pasengers. Standard in-car audio is ordinary and so I upgraded to the new RCD 510 radio cd changer - definitely worthwhile. The best test of all - the more I drive it, the more I enjoy it. Even with the family on board, fast cross country trips are a joy.

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