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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.
  • 1.6 TDI 105 BlueM Tech Match 5dr

    Peter Lawley , . Date: 17/01/2012
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      55

    My car

    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.

  • 1.4 TSI 160 GT 5dr

    Tamer Mehanna Date: 14/12/2011
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      26

    My car

    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.

  • 1.4 TSI 122 Match 5dr

    HARRY DRENNAN , TYNE & WEAR . Date: 15/07/2011
    • 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
      46

    My car

    This is my second 1.4 TSI MK6, the previous car being the SE which I part ex changed having covered 32000 faultless miles, not even a set of tyres and all with an average return of 46MPG. The Match has a few new toys, the parking sensors are a bit of a gimmick that I could manage without, but the bluetooth connectivity, touch screen stereo, and leather steering wheel are welcome additions. Still a fantastic car to own and drive, having driven various hire cars I have yet to come across anything that does everything quite as well as my 1.4 TSI Golf.

  • 1.4 80 Twist 5dr

    Patchy San Date: 10/07/2011
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    After having my VW Polo for 5 years I made the switch to the VW Golf Twist and I’m quite pleased with it so far. The car feels quality all round, build quality is excellent and the dash layout is simple yet classy. Despite being the cheapest model it had 16” alloys, upgraded stereo and speaker system, iPod connectivity and front armrest so it actually looks much better and pricier than it actually is, even against the slightly more expensive and less equipped S models!

    The ride is refined and comfortable, genuinely an excellent road cruiser and puts my BMW to shame despite costing half as much! It actually drives more planted round the twisty roads too, something my previous VW Polo could ever dream of! The 1.4 (80ps) engine is a bit weak though, shame on the Twist you can't configure the engines as it really does feel out of its depth when you want to get along quickly (motorways), or going up hills in mid gear! Though after 3000 miles the car has started to open up slightly and accelerates more better than it did initially (maybe the recent diet of high octane fuel helped it slightly) but we see as time goes by. Fuel economy is mixed, on average I get around 40 MPG with mixed city and open road driving though I was disappointed I can only max out an average of 49 MPG with gentle cruising (60 mph) on the motorway!

    Despite the minor flaws the Golf Twist is great value for what it is and a great car to drive - overall its classy, practical and comfortable.

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