Very pleased with my new car.
The GT TDI has a dual personality. Roomy, well built, solid, reliable and frugal on one hand and a hoot to drive on the other.
One minor criticism is with power delivery. May be my particular car (or my inexperience of diesel cars) but when I press the accelerator, nothing initially seems to happen (which inspires confidence when pulling out in front of a bus!) and then all of a sudden, 138 bhp seems to arrive at once. This however is only from a standing start. On motorway terrain, power delivery is smooth and available throughout the rev range.
Having said that, it feels genuinely fast. Accompanied to the excellent levels of grip and cornering ability this car is a blast to drive.
Then sensibility sets in. Air bags galore, esp, anti lock brakes, automatic head restraints and tank like ruggedness make it an ideal family cart too.
Overall, fantastic! Diesel economy, solid reliabilty, hot hatch performance, superb equipment levels and a hugely practical family car (but not necessarily in that order...)
I purchased this car just a weeks ago. I previously had a Peugeot 206, no comparison really. The build quality on the Golf is far superior, albeit it is a much more expensive car. By shopping around on the internet, I came across a first-class deal on a pre-registered car.
It was registered in September 2004 with less than 25 miles on the clock and I bought it for £1500 cheaper than I could have bought a brand new one over the internet, and £2,000 cheaper than a local VW dealer could supply one for I would recommend that you look at the used cars first on www.vw.co.uk website. If you are prepared to travel, you could bag a great deal also.
The car is excellent to drive, good room front and back and a good size boot as well. The 6-speed gearbox takes a bit of getting used to, especially changing down from say 6th gear to 4th gear, but it is becoming easier now.
The first long trip of circa 300 miles returned 36.5 mpg, not bad for a 2.0-litre engine, could have been better with a lighter right foot though.
I think the insurance group is far too high at group 13 though.
I hope that it proves reliable over time and that I continue to enjoy the car.
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I took delivery of my Golf at the end of September 2004, previously I owned a Ford Focus. The Golf isn't quite as agile as the Focus, but feels more predictable to drive at the limit, it has massive amounts of grip and I find myself being able to corner much faster without much body roll. Inside, the quality is great compared to what I've been used to. My only problem with it is that the controls for the CD player aren't on the steering wheel, however the dual-zone climate control is very easy to use and the general layout of the cabin has been thought out very well. On the move I find the Golf quiet and refined, the steering is nice and light when you need it and stiffens up quite a bit when you have gathered some speed. Overal it's fulfilled nearly everthing I expected from VW.
Excellent car, enjoyable drive.
I chopped in a Bora for this and am very happy overall.
I am generally impressed with the car. Yes, it's a bit plasticky, but I chose the leather option for the steering wheel and that really makes a difference. That plastic wheel on the display model is the most ugly steering wheel I have ever seen.
Now I need to go for a good long run and check it out for comfort and the like, I have only really been doing around-town driving.
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