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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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30 reader reviews for Volkswagen Golf Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 BlueM Tech Match 5dr

    Nigel Inwood , UK . Date: 25/06/2011
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      53

    My car

    We bought this Golf nearly-new, a month ago, to replace our Corolla as a general family runabout. We were looking for a bit more performance, and this model certainly brings a smile to your face, the way it pulls away so easily, especially uphill. Effortless out of town, although not as relaxing to be in as a medium-size family car. Probably the shorter wheelbase showing through, although each individual wheel of the Golf certainly rides bumps extremely well. It all feels very taut and well put together, and is particularly easy to drive within speed limits around town, due to the precise feel to the controls and the accelerator pedal.

    The VW dealer in Sevenoaks was a pleasure to deal with, and was noticeably keener on price and extra goodies than other VW franchises we had explored. They had several very well-priced S trim TSI petrol models, but we went for the much better feel of the Match trim, albeit at a huge price difference. I guess the Road Tax rate was an incentive to go for a higher-price diesel model. We look forward to 60mpg and a good residual value, hopefully.

    Gripes: The left-offset handbrake position next to the passenger seat is annoying: A large-ish passenger covers the lever with their thigh. The diesel engine is not as flexible as the petrol, so an auto box would help if you go diesel. The rear seats are uncomfortably short for adults on longer journeys, although of course that goes with the size of car, and at least rear door access is very good.

  • 1.6 TDI 105 S 5dr

    David Baynam , Other . Date: 19/06/2011
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    71.8 mpg from York to Manchester A/port,at a steady 65. Engine a bit gutless at low revs. The indicator stalk too close to the s/wheel,for my liking. Otherwise a class leader. The stupid obligatory (av.mpg )isn't functioning,so can't put in 64 mpg as per computer.

  • 1.4 80 Twist 5dr

    Nicola Perrozzi , . Date: 27/05/2011
    • 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
      42

    My car

    I bought this car in Mar 2011 exchanging a Panda and the final negotiated price was less than 10K. I did not have to add any optional as the Twist model comes with lots of additional features that you will pay for in other models (alloy wheel, iphone/ipod connectivity). Ok the engine is not the speediest but for London is perfect and on the motorway it could get to 100mph with no problem whatsoever.

    I love the Iphone feature, the alloy wheels and the way the car handles. In terms of consumption it drinks like the Panda which is remarkable considering the Twist is mounted with the oldest VW engine and it's much heavier than a Panda.

    Overall I am super pleased with my purchase and it is another confirmation that german cars are quality and considering you would buy a Fiat 500 for the price I paid for the Golf, the Golf Twist is a stunning of a car.

    I went for a 3 yrs lease and I pay £135 a month.

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