After 11,000 miles trouble-free, this quiet, comfortable car handles better than any of my previous 13 vehicles including 2 boneshaking Mk1 MB A classes and a very costly to run C class. £200 VW service after 18 months is 1/3 cost of Mercedes dealer servicing for same period!
The 1.4 90 bhp FSI engine is perfectly adequate for everyday use, cruising at 60-70 with no effort returning 50.4 mpg on long runs and about 38 mixed. Fully loaded on hills needs forethought and gear changing though! This is a very heavy car for its size, even when empty, so expensive Shell V-power fuel DOES improve performance but not mpg I'm afraid. Insurance + road tax are cheap though.
Private ownership is a problem with value dropping fast at only 18 months. I now must change at 2 years instead of 3 to avoid losing serious money, but new, low mileage 105bhp TDI SE demonstrators seem to be plentiful in VW dealerships at up to £3000 below list price.
I'm pleased that so many What Car? reviews are very enthusiastic about the Golf+; many"official" press reviews have questioned the need for a 'bigger' Golf, but the car really does work, with loads of space, large boot and wonderful sliding rear seats to maximize luggage capacity. High seating gives a great view of the road and base model equipment is generous. I added auto lights, wipers and self dimming mirror with a centre armrest, vents and 12v socket, all for £220 extra. Now all this is included in the Luna spec. but at a price.
This car is not as good looking as the Golf but almost as good a drive.
The higher position can be a bonus for the driver but the A-pillar does annoy me at times, restricting the view when turning right.
Petrol consumption can be only average if the car is pressed, averaging about 34mpg. Engine power is only just adequate for this size of engine pulling the increased weight.
The bonus is that it does feel like a bigger car than its Golf-sized body, and the extras do count.
This is our second VW Golf. It's good to drive, and we have not seen less than 50mpg by my calculations, not the car's computer.
We tour France every year and find it comfortable. Our only complaints are that it needs a central armrest for long trips on Continental motorways, and the engine noise is excessive and needs more sound deadening.
I will buy another one next time.
The doors shut with a reassuring thud and there is plenty of head, arm and legroom.
Our salesman was unable to estimate servicing costs, so I presume they will be high? The side mirrors are too chunky to tuck in flush, and the red computer display is too small for me unless I wear my reading glasses.
I like the CD system and the cruise control which I have not had before, and it's very handy.
We bought on 31/3/07 - no problems yet. Build quality is impressive and better than the Renault Scenic and Citroen Picasso we looked at first. We're getting fuel economy in the mid-50s.
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