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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 3dr

    helder romao , beds . Date: 09/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Never ever in my life AGAIN will buy any VW Golf - worst experience ever.

    It's a brand new golf reg March 04. I've had problem after problem in the last 12 months, the main problem being the door seals, fuel comsumption, electrics and not forgetting VW dealer.

  • 1.6 FSI SE 5dr

    colin adams , down . Date: 09/02/2005
    • 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
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is the third Golf in a row I have owned over the past 10 years, and is very likely to be the last.

    The mark 5 may be a vast improvement in terms of driving agility, but trails the previous generation car in almost every other aspect.

    I find the panel fit and finish of this car poor. I have been back to the garage on at least three occassions with faults relating to radio reception, panel fit and a rattling steering wheel which the dealer seems unable to rectify.

    The interior cabin is a uniform "airfix" grey and creaks and rattles in a way that I do not expect of a VW. Remember the old sqeeky earring advert of a few years ago?

    In summary, I am very disappointed with the overall build quality of this car.

  • 1.9 TDI Sport 3dr

    d r Date: 06/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The 1998 306 LD does the job.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 GT 5dr

    Ben Heath Date: 02/02/2005
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have the six-speed version. Superb gear ratios, however gearbox is a little 'notchy'.

    I have opted for the 17" wheels with low profile tyres - makes the vehicle look brilliant from side view, and also stands out from other Golf Mk5.

    But when driving on the road, it can give a firm ride and can feel a bit 'skitish' over potholes.

    Quality of the vehicle is superb. There are also neat things, like the red LED lights shining down from the ceiling.

    And also the 12v power point in the boot - shame it doesn't have a built-in inverter to give 240v ac!!

    But the best feature is the engine - 2.0TDI - there is so much torque in any gear. I love motorway driving in it. I even go home the long way, just to spend more time in the car!!

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