I have had the Golf for nearly months and covered about 1300 miles. My previous car was 1.4 Audi and I have to say that the MK6 Golf has far superior chassis to the version used in the Audi(taken from the MK5 Golf).The Audi never felt particularly stable whereas the Golf has brilliant high and low speed stability and is particularly good when cornering. The engine is outstanding and you can certainly feel the extra grunt of the supercharger, the only down side is the economy. The lower powered Audi averaged 39 mpg while the Golf has averaged 34 mpg, this is certainly not a great car for urban driving. Build quality is pretty good although not quite up to the same standard as the Audi (I still don’t think that it justifies the Audis extra cost). I have had reports of piston damage and loss of compression problems with this engine, fortunately no sign so far. It is actually quite difficult to get hold of Golf with this engine and the dealer reckons that he could sell any he gets hold. In comparison to the Scirocco with the same engine the Golf seems to suffer from much heavier initial deprecation so I think it makes a good used buy (mine was nearly 3 years old and the first owner lost a lot of money). To sum up a great car but running costs can be high particularly if you buy new. However, definitely cheaper than a Scirocco or Golf GTI but still offering great performance
This is my first VW and it’s brilliant. Great running costs and driving style (mainly motorway driving). The cabin is great especially with the toys that are included in the match spec, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity are great features complimented by well thought out steering wheel controls and touch screen interface, don’t quite know the need for the bottle opener but its German engineered so there will be a good reason. Seats are great on a long journey providing good support and comfort, during the cold weather heated mirrors have been a great addition that I was dubious about at first all in all a great car with high spec and build quality
Bought the BlueMotion on Match spec from my local dealer, Inchcape, in November after a test drive and reading all the reviews. Originally went in for the basic Bluemotion, but was soon impressed by the extra equipment on the Match spec for only a little extra and not much difference in mpg - allegedly! Inchcape did a brilliant deal, at 4.9% on a PCP for 3 years at 15K miles, matching 'Drive the Deal's' best broker price and offering full book price on our 41/2 year old Laguna,as well as throwing in £1K dealer contribution and free service plan for 3 years. Add to that a ready built up model in the colour we wanted, which came with extra air bags and tyre pressure monitor at no extra cost, and we took delivery within a week. Great car, plenty of room despite being smaller that the Laguna, enough storage, and love all the equipment, especially Bluetooth and Cruise control which works brilliantly on the motorways. Praise: great service and attention to detail from Inchcape Telford. Car well built and a joy to drive both around town and on motorways. Everything works as it should. Criticisms: rear windscreen needs wiping/cleaning frequently despite a rear spoiler and mudflaps whenever it rains or the road is dirty. Consumption after 4K miles at 55 average not really as good as claimed for the model even allowing for the extra Match spec. Seen high 60's on the motorway on c/c, but lows of 25 in town. Better than the 130hp Laguna, but not what was promised.
MY '11 bought late '10. Fantastic car let down by reliability and build quality issues. All four doors needed realignment at delivery which didn't really fix the rattles coming from B pillar/rear driver side door. Also rattles behind the dashboard. Started exhibiting the 2nd gear shudder dsg issue at around 3000 miles on the clock. Not as quiet at high speeds as some reviewers would have you believe. EXCESSIVE wind noise at three digit speeds, I was actually shocked the first time because the car is very quiet and incredibly refined at legal highway speeds. Sold the car with 7K miles on the clock as the 2nd gear shudder got worse and I didn't want to go through the clutch/gearbox/whatever replacement, even under warranty. Aside from the nags I listed, I only have praise for this car. It's very comfortable, nimble, refined, sure footed, and incredibly stable at high speeds with brakes to match. A joy to drive. If this car didn't have the rattles, DSG issues and the wind noise at high (illegal) speeds, it would be the epitome of "the perfect transport". It's THAT good, and this is coming from someone who owns and drives a BMW 750, Mercedes E350 and a MINI Countryman S. If VW would address these issues and improve on the car's aesthetics (it's boring inside and out) in the next golf, I'll be first in line.
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