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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.
  • 2.0 TDI 140 GT 3dr

    Jamie Horton , Surrey . Date: 30/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my 2.0 TDI now for 6 months. For motorway driving it excels, for around town driving it is OK but it lacks response at times.

    Don't expect to leave anyone standing at the lights, put it that way. If I keep the air-con off, then I can average around 400 miles per full tank, which to be honest I dont think is all that considering the cost of diesel nowadays.

    I previously drove a 1.7 Puma and it cost around £25-28 to fill the tank and I was getting 220-250 miles out of a full tank. Be prepared to keep an eye out on the oil as I ran out of oil after 4,500 miles.

    Cabin quality is very good, everything feels in the right place, especially the gear stick. Initially you do feel you are sitting quite high up but after you get used to it that's fine. The driving position is excellent for someone of 6ft plus like myself.

    The only problem I had was a light came on in the dash and when I took it in to get looked at they told me a lot of the new Golfs are coming in with the same problem.

    Apart from that, the handling I would rate 3.5 or 4 out of 5 (nowhere near as good as the Puma) when you push the car but on the motorway this car is a winner for its comfort and cruisability.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 GT 5dr

    KEVIN BOND , DERRY . Date: 29/01/2005
    • 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

    Traded old 110 GT TDI in for this last October (04) for the wife. The car is fantastic.

    It drives like a real GTI and it can go (not quite as quick as my 225 TT quattro though).

    The cabin is great, but I need to get the six-disc CD changer fitted.

    Dual zione climate control is a gift from heaven - make sure you get this.

    Only down side is that I am only getting 42-44mpg according to the computer - probably due to driving style though - can resist opening it up on the road.

    BUY ONE NOW

  • 2.0 FSI GTI 3dr

    malcolm stephenson , yorks . Date: 22/01/2005
    • 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

    My car

    I bought my RX-8 on the recommendation of your excellent magazine, I have susbscribed to for many many years. The Mazda is an excellent car but it is proving to be expensive to run.

    I have just this Tuesday had a test drive in the new Golf GTI, which you also rate very highly. I'm not surprised - what a superb car. It drove as well as the RX-8. For a front-wheel drive it's very good.

    The whole package is very impressive, it doesn't have the attitude of the RX-8, but boy it has a wide range of talents, which you could miss they're so subtle.

    Suffice to say, because of your recommendation and the superb package the Golf represents, I have bought one. I part-ex'd the Mazda and am soon to take delivery of my new Golf GTI.

    Thanks for your excellent mag, portraying a fair and impartial overview of motoring, which I as an enthusiast take note of whenever I am considering a change of car.

  • 1.9 TDI SE 5dr

    David Anderson , Lanarkshire . Date: 13/01/2005
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having owned my car now for nearly 2 years, I thought I would update my original review. I've had 34,000 miles of mostly trouble free motoring so far, but there have been a few problems.

    Like several other readers, I've had the usual rattles and clunks from the doors and the dashboard. I had a Mk4 Golf 1.9TDi and the Mk5 comes nowhere near in terms of build quality. The plastics are hard. I also had to have the cables for the bonet release replaced recently after the bonnet failed to open - technician told me he'd dealt with 4 or 5 of these recently and wondered if it might be a design fault?

    Good points - 55mpg, excellent road handling, good driving position and air con which handled the heatwave of summer 2006!

    Apart from niggles, I'm still quite happy with car and would probably buy another. Why doesn't VW do the new Match with 2.0TDI engine though?

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