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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.
  • 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.

  • 1.4 TSI 160 GT 3dr

    stephen comer , somerset . Date: 25/05/2011
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    We purchased our golf in November 2009 and although when it is working it is a lovely car to drive, fast and fun, it has been riddled with non stop engine and electric faults since day 1. So far, it has been in the garage almost monthly with new and unresolved issues. So far it has had replacement plugs, coils and supercharger. It also an engine squeak early on, which was temporarily resolved at the garage but returned within 8 weeks and has not stopped since. Voltswagen customer service has been less than satisfactory and has resulted in us now changing the car as we cannot stand the reliability issues any longer and would warn anybody to make sure they have good roadside recovery available if you choose to own this car. Other than this, the interior is fantastic and a really good build, the upgraded radio package with touch screen is a must, particularly with the parking sensors. The only car in a similar price range which we have found which competes with the handling is the BMW 1 series. Running costs are expensive when driving around town, working out at about 30mpg but raising to over 40mpg on the longer runs. If you want a fun car which you can forgive regular warranty-covered issues then this is for you but if you need a good reliable family car, perhaps think a little more....!

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