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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.
  • 1.4 TSI 140 GT Sport 5dr

    Sean Lyons , Staffs . Date: 04/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      36

    My car

    Fantastic car to drive for a 1.4 petrol. Supercharger and turbo work hand in hand to deliver a comfortable ride. the only regret i have is that i didnt go for the 170bhp and listening too much to the critics saying that 170 is too much for a small engine, but after driving the golf for 3months now i feel confident that i could handle the extra power. I think VW have got it right with this engine and can see it appearing in other ranges. As a closing note the GT Sport has excellent standard equipement and the heated seats, again which are standard, are really appreciated in the cold weather. Joy to drive and very comfortable overall experience.

  • 2.0 FSI GTI 5dr

    Trevor Gordon Date: 19/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      28

    My car

    My contract hire DSG goes back in Jan and I will miss it. My 25th car and first VW, it got off to a disastrous start. Dealer beneath contempt, forgot to order it then came with wrong spec (had to retro fit cruise). After 2 weeks noticed rear door was wrong colour - obviously damaged in production/transit. I'd had so many faults by this stage I asked the lease co if they were concerned and they said "no", so I've lived with it. Handling improved after 1st service (at different dealer) when they removed the transit packers still wedged in the front suspension which should have been done at PDI.

    Since then it's settled down and been a joy. Initial rattles have vanished.

    Good: Great DSG, hairy when you want it, relaxed when you don't. Great allrounder. Bad: Dull interior. Uses more oil than I'm used to. Diabolical rain sensitive wipers. Eats front tyres (though on contract, so who cares?!). Sounds like diesel on tickover. Double click lock to open back doors (always takes 2 goes). Easy to kerb alloys. Poor demisting. Lack of fresh air without ac on. MPG not as suggested (I've never got 30). Nightmare trying to get tracking sorted. Rear seats don't fold flat.

    More faults than I expected, but still a great car. Does suffer from German sterility though. Had ordered an Alfa 159TI as replacement(gorgeous) but had to cancel due to economic outlook, so back to a 2 year old Focus TDCi :( Hopefully temporary situation!! Get spending you lot!!

  • 2.0 FSI GTI 5dr

    stephen lodge , West Yorkshire . Date: 16/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    Bought new in March 08 5 door tonado arived with leather at no extra cost after been ordered late January.Faulty radio quickly sorted by Richard Alexander in Harrogate my local dealer the only problem to date. I love the car its a dream to drive no rattles or squeaks yet anyway,average mid 30s on ordinary unleaded with no pinking or loss of power at all would recommend to anyone.

  • 1.9 TDI BlueMotion Match 5dr

    Graham Houston , Scottish Borders . Date: 10/11/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    I have just had this car as a new company car,replacing a 318se Bmw.At long last the Tax man is cutting me some slack,the tax benifit is worth it on its own.We looked at this model as the co2 was under 120 and the tax was £35 with good fuel econamy for the company.And as for driving the car it had to be able to cover 30k a year in comfort,the golf does this with a good spec.Yes the engine is a bit loud and the gearing is a bit weird at first as other customers have said before you no it the 90mph has kicked in and your on your way to the 100mph.The match is geared mad,if you change from 4th as indicated on the eco arrow you are soon doing 100mph and being told to change up into fifth gear this just blew my mind and takes some getting used to.(watch that speed)Mr plods watching you.I have yet to encounter the customer service,everyone has pointed out but time will tell.1400miles on the clock and as happy if not more than with the over rated BMW.

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