I have a 53 plate 1.9 tdi Highline with 65k on the clock I can honestly say its the best car I have ever owned. I bought it after opting out of a Company car scheme, the fuel economy is incredible I regularly get 50-55 mpg, as it is a Highline it had a great spec (6xcd, climate, heated leather seats)
You can pick these cars up for around 5-6K, great value & they only cost £120 for a years tax.
My only very minor criticism is I find the boot apeture rather narrow, although the boot itself is a good size.
This car is on a par with other more prestigious German marque's, what it lacks in "Sporty" handling it gains it ride comfort, which personally I prefer ...
My only dillema is what to replace it with as the new current model Passat does not seem as good....
I have a 52 plate 1.9 TDI Sport.
I bought it when it was just over two years old with 65,000 miles on the clock. It now has 180,000 miles on the clock and still feels like a new car, i.e. stiff, rock solid with no rattles. It goes like the clappers and corners like it is on rails.
The fuel economy is best described as staggering, as it easily beats the figures in the review - I generally get upper 50s to low 60s mpg, without being overly light on the throttle, and it does not matter what kind of roads I am driving on either.
I get it regularly serviced, but not at a main dealer - I use a local garage who do a better job at 1/2 the price (they also service my wife's new A-Class Merc), get the timing belt changed every 60k, and thats about it.
I am expecting to get over 250k out of it and maybe more. If it still feels good and still gives the same econonmy I shall keep it for as long as possible, as with the current fuel price it is worth it's weight in gold - literally.
Buy one - make sure it's a good one like mine!
We have owned this car for just over 18 months now and its has proved to be a really good buy. There is plenty of room all round and its a really comfortable car, the sports suspension is good and not overly hard, the 2.0 20v engine is torquey and the car has plenty of power for its size. The boot is fantastic for a family of four and the car it has all the toys you need for day to day use,6 stack CD player, electric everthing. This car has only one problem in my view, its thirst for oil!. I am not sure if its just this engine type, but if you are the type of person who likes to stretch the cars legs now and again it repays you by drinking oil like its going out of fashion. If you live on the motorway this is your car, low oil use and 37-40 mpg all day long fully loaded, if you like a B road blast keep a litre of oil in the boot!
I have owned my 1.8T Sport for 7 years since nearly new and covered 115,000 miles. The build quality is excellent all round as was expected of a VW 5-10 years ago. It has been reliable apart from needing a replacement controller for windows, alarm etc, £400. It is still on its complete original exhaust system.
This is not truly a Sports spec car but it handles reasonably well for a big car. Road noise is not that well insulated at motorway speeds.
The interior is high quality and solid; no cheap plastic or annoying creaks.
The 20v engine is a gem: smooth and powerful across a wide rev range, but a bit buzzy at 80mph.
A 6th gear would be useful for motorway cruising.
Overall this has been an excellent car and still is. How VWs used to be not so long ago.
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