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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 5dr

    erich poole , hants . Date: 26/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • 2.0 SDI S 5dr

    Russell Cook , herts . Date: 22/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have this car now as a replacement to a Peugeot 307. What a joy in comparison. It's economical, reliable and the build quality is good except perhaps for the dashboard.

    The car is very good and up to the standard I would expect, and also better than the MK 4 by miles - spacious, drivable and comfortable. The annoying things are the indicators in the mirrors. They would be good if they could not be seen from inside the car. Also the key can be annoying but overall I rate the car.

    PS We've had it two weeks and my wife has dented it, oops.

  • 1.9 TDI S 3dr

    Phil Bleathman , Gloucestershire . Date: 16/10/2004
    • 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

    A most disappointing vehicle. It drives very well and you can drive long distances in good weather and arrive at your destination still fresh and able to do a good day's work.

    I find the finish and quality of the car however are poor.

    The door mirrors are undersized and leave blind spots, especially on motorways etc so you are continually looking over your shoulder to see if it is safe.

    The temperature and fuel gauges are only partially visible, depending on your height. The luggage area is poor as seats do not fold down fully.

    Initially, door opening was confusing and keys could easily be locked in.

    It's a great car to drive in daylight on single carriageway roads if you don't have to use boot frequently.

  • 1.9 TDI SE 3dr

    Ken Dalley Date: 15/10/2004
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Had the car a week now and have fallen in love with it - sad I know but, it's comfy, quiet, has a good CD player and there is plenty of room in the back for the kids.

    Looking forward to many happy driving miles. Being only a week old it's obviously too early to comment on reliability etc, but nothing seems to be wrong yet - not even one of those annoying squeaks that I have had in other new cars.

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