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Overall reader 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

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29 reader reviews for Volkswagen Golf Hatchback.
  • 1.4 TSI 122 SE 5dr

    christopher hooper , glos . Date: 05/09/2012
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      39.5

    My car

    My wife and I both love our second hand Passion Red 09 plate 1.4 TSi SE. The colour is the first thing that you notice. Most Golfs come in sombre mature greys, silvers and blacks but the (almost russet) red finish looks great. The interior is real quality and everythings feels precision engineered and ergonomically designed. Ours is 3 years old with 39,000 miles and nothing rattles or squeaks. The 1.4 TSi is a great engine with loads of mid range pull and the car cruises very quietly in 6th gear with cruise control as standard. I must say that it is no way as economical as the official combined 45.6mpg which I can't manage even when sticking (naturally) to 70 mp/h. I shopped around a lot for this particular model and had to drive 100 miles to Dane Volkswagen in Chester but it was worth it as used VW dealer prices vary greatly. Our other car is a Skoda Octavia 2.0TDi estate so it is interesting to compare 2 VW group cars from the same platform. The Golf can do the same as the Octavia 99% of the time but lacks the massive boot, torque and consistent 50 mpg. I think that from the pictures VW have got it just right in sticking to their evolutionary policy for the Mk 7 Golf. I'll be interested to see how the press rates the 1.4 TSi 138 bhp engine with cylinder deactivation. This is my 4th Golf after a Mk1, Mk5 and MK6 and I really think that you can't go wrong with them.

  • 1.4 TSI 122 Match 5dr

    paul stewart , bucks . Date: 14/07/2012
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      43.5

    My car

    Having test driven (in one day, back to back) an i30, this and a Civic as well as being familiar with the Focus and Astra I can confidently say the Golf is the best car closely followed by the i30 which is 95% as good as a Golf. The Golf has a conservative and inoffensive style which is the only negative I can possibly have. The ride comfort is immense and yet it still handles superbly, the spacious interior comfortably holds four large adults and on the subject of comfort the seats are excellent with adjustable lumber support really helps on longer journeys. Match trim comes loaded with goodies including 6 cd autochanger, DAB uprated stereo, parking sensors front and rear, auto lights and wipers and more. An excellent interior and ride are more than matched by the superb engine of the 1.4 turbo. Happily bobbing along at anything from 1300 revs it can easily be driven like a diesel, the low down torque means gear changes can be comfortably made at 2000 revs, with 70 in 6th gear showing a leisurely 2300 revs. When you finally get a decent road the engine will rev all the way past 5000 building urge in a smooth linear way as it goes, powerful throughout, the well weighted steering joining the party to make the Golf a superb car to enjoy all it has to offer. Without doubt this car is the absolute example of efficiency, all the controls fall easily to hand, all are logical and the whole package is superb. Having tested all the competitors of note the Golf is the best.

  • 1.4 80 Twist 3dr

    David Whiteley , . Date: 17/06/2012
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    The VW Golf Twist is very quiet on the road with no road noise. It soaks up every bump on the road feeling like a luxury car. Performance feels much better than the advertised figures. Don't be put off by the 1.4 engine.

    Running costs are fairly low thanks to low depreciation from new. £130 road tax puts it in the super mini bracket and I have tested mpg every week getting 45mpg not bad from petrol engine. Recently though a downside has been air conditioning faliure. Had to have a new condensor fitted wasn't covered by warranty due to stone damage. Was quoted £590 later lowerd to £373 after negotiation with VW and dealer. Don't know if this is a common problem on MkV1 Golf. Nothing else has gone wrong though in 15 months.

    The cabin has a premium quality feel with soft touch plastics and easy to use buttons. Very simple to operate all buttons and easy to read dials. Twist model comes with electric heated mirrors, aircon and usb in the arm rest. Large boot and easy to fold down seats and plenty of rear leg room. Even back seat passengers get air vents. Front seats slide forward to allow easy access for passengers getting into back. Four door would make more sense if used by family of four on a regular basis.

    Overall I have enjoyed owning this car from new and would recommend as used buy. Low running costs due to light depreciation and good mpg make this a sensible buy. Hopefully the recent air conditioning faliure is just bad luck and not something which could reoccur.

  • 2.0 TDI 110 S 5dr

    Richard Winfieldale , Derbyshire . Date: 01/05/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42

    My car

    I have owned a 1.4tsi petrol for 2 years, and am VERY satisfied. Get past the utilitarian looks, and it lives up to its name as the best small family car you can buy. There is an emphasis on 'small', though - this car is only just a 5-seater, and once your children get past 10, you will want to go larger. Interior quality is excellent. The sound proofing and quiet engine means that it's the quietest care I've ever owned - very relaxing. Good sound system too. The engine is a pearler - so responsive and smooth. Overall a super car. Petrol consumption is, though, about 20% less than VW claims ! Hence not 5 star from me - only 4.75.

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