I owned the pre-facelift 70hp 1.4S TDi five-door - exactly the same apart from the new grill.
You will notice how solid it is compared to competition. It's a great car let down by awful seats which are too shallow and give no lumbar support. The back ones are also like a flat bench.
The engine pull is fantastic - I would say almost as good as my BMW 120d. Motorway overtaking is swift, safe and assured. Torque steer is noticeable, though the car rolls a fair deal in corners. It has a great gearbox, a great finish, and returns 33mpg in city driving with the air-conditioning on and two people in it.
It is let down by unsupportive seats and universally disinterested VW dealers - although servicing is good. I would have bought another if it wasn't for those two factors. Maybe I'll try getting sports seats (although these still do not have a deep enough base), and as for the dealers - just grin and bear it for £12,000!
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I have run this car as a courtesy car for three weeks. Good points are good build quality and solid interior. Seats and driving position are good and…
Ive had this car for one year now and so far has exeeded my expectations. The car is great at overtaking lorries on the motorway and handles very…