What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For The Mk IV Golf has superb diesels, a classy cabin and strong residuals

Against Costly to buy and the handling is stodgy

Verdict Fully deserves its image as a premium, high-quality small family car

Go for… 1.9 GT TDI PD 130 SE

Avoid… 1.4 petrol

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback
  • 1. Faults with the ECU (the engine‚Äôs electronic brain) can cause misfires
  • 2. Clutches can go as early as 40,000 miles
  • 3. The driving position will suit most sizes of driver
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