We use cookies on whatcar.com to improve your browsing experience and to provide you with relevant content and advertising, by continuing to use our site you agree to this. Please see our privacy policy for more details. Continue

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

Own or drive this car?

Submit your own review here
305 reader reviews for Volkswagen Golf Hatchback.
  • 2.0 TDi 140 GT Sport 5dr

    tim earnshaw Date: 08/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    On the plus side:

    - have the DSG gearbox which is genius - - performance is fantastic. Relentless acceleration due to wicked fast gea changes - beats many a quicker car from standstill for this reason alone so actually quicker than the headline figures suggest. On the motorway, is very good in the 70-90 bracket where you need it for overtaking/pulling out.

    - build quality is very good, no rattles or squeeks after 18k miles.

    On the downside: -seats are the most UNCOMFORTABLE of any car I have ever sat in. I get out with pins and needles in my legs. I am seriously considering getting rid of the car for this reason alone.

    - engine is noisy at all speeds. I came to this from an E class Mercedes which at motorway speeds was whisper quiet. The Golf on the other hand is far less well insulated - fuel economy is coming in at 42-44mpg on runs of an hour plus, which is not very good compared to the headline figure. THis is what I achieved out of the E220!

    Overall its a solid car for the money and is very practical being a five door and an ideal mix of performance and practicality. I'm a diesel convert now and wouldnt go back...but would I go back to another one of these? Well probably not, for the seats alone and would like it to be a bit more refined, but a great car for the pric.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 GT 5dr

    Jonathan Martin , Cambridgeshir . Date: 05/09/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48.9

    My car

    Just gone through the 60k barrier on a 55 plate '05. Hasn't put a foot wrong! Great engine, if a little 'throaty', good ride and really good mpg - always get 55mpg on home to work 34 mile journey.

    Not sure why others use so much oil, I'm only putting in 1 litre midway between services (at 18k, 35k & 54k).

    Local dealer has been excellent - although courtesy cars are at a premium. Mind you, have only been there for servicing as no other faults.

    Looking to replace it now - looked at A4 (nice), but having seen the mark VI, may hold out for a go in one before deciding!

  • 1.9 TDI SE 5dr

    John Smith , Bucks . Date: 24/08/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    I have had a Golf SE TDi 105 for 2.7 years now and generally its been fine and has done 24000 miles trouble free except for a bit of internal trim needed replacement and a rear parking sensor broke under guarantee. I had to pad it up at the time though with an armrest, rear electric windows as the spec wasnt generous in 2006 then the match came along with all the bits as standard, typical VW UK

    If driven carefully the MPG is excellent for a 1.9 diesel, the ride though can be compared to a reliant robin I once had.

    On urban roads its bumpy hard and unrefined despite all the hype.

    OK its better on fast bends but I dont drive fast round bends. The build quality isnt bad although I dont like to see "Made in Italy" on the wings? What I do like and that no other car of its type has is standard cruise control, a "proper" armrest that one can use, the adjustable in/out up and down steering wheel and seat so that you can always get the best position for motorway or urban driving,

  • 2.0 TDI 140 GT 5dr

    Paul Beecroft , South Yorkshire . Date: 17/08/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
    • Average MPG
      49

    My car

    I had a 54 plate 2.0 GT TDi 140 for two years from new and covered over 70k miles in it during that time. Very rewarding to drive, great handling and acceleration, although I found that the engine was not very flexible and that it would not pull below 1900 rpm. In fact during the first few weeks I often stalled it as the Renault Laguna 1.9 DCi 130 I had before was a much more willing puller from low revs.

    The worst aspect of the car was the unacceptable level of road noise at motorway speeds and in addition the high level of vibration from the diesel engine at any speed. Changing the tyres did not cure the car of the road noise problem. The level of vibration is due entirely to the character of the engine as I also drove an Audi A4 with the same engine towards the end of my sojourn with the Golf. The refinement of the engine and even the ride was no better in the A4. I did not look forward to long journeys in the car!

    The car was subject to the Longlife oil change regime which made services due at 18k. The engine used approximately 1 litre of oil every 750 miles or so throughout its life - again not very impressive. At the end of the day I was glad to be out of the car and I will not have another VW until they improve the smoothness of their diesel engines. Be warned.

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback

Continue to prices, equipment and options »

What Car? buying help and car info

Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive

Haymarket Logo What Car? is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media
What Car? is part of Haymarket Motoring
© Haymarket Media Group 2014