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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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Volkswagen Golf (13-) Hatchback
15 reader reviews for Volkswagen Golf Hatchback.
  • 1.4 TSI 122 SE 5dr

    David Hulme , . Date: 19/07/2014
    • 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
      44

    My car

    I've had the Golf 1.4 TSi SE 5 door (manual) for almost a year now and it is a superb car to drive and own. My passengers find that the seats and ride aren't the best but in the driver's seat, I find it really comfortable over long journeys. The build quality and kit are exceptional and shame many other manufacturers of cars in classes above the Golf.

    The downsides, and there are only a few, are infuriating though:

    1. The air-conditioning (manual version) is asthmatic. It takes quite a while to cool the car down and despite the rear console for rear seat passengers, they complain of being too hot. My old 1998 Vauxhall Astra 1.8 CDi did a better job of cooling the car down quickly and the fans were better. Even my wife's Toyota iQ 1.0 cooled us down quicker!

    2. The cruise-control radar is fabulous BUT it slows you down rapidly even AFTER the car in front has turned off the road. What the hell? I wish that I could adjust it better than the Eco, Sport and Custom options in the set-up of the car. But, 98% of the time it's wonderful and I use it ALL the time, even in suburban 20mph and 30mph areas - I drive the car on cruise control (which is probably why I average overall 44mpg on mainly town-centric, local driving).

    3. The touch-screen infotainment system that allows you to connect your iPod or iPhone is good for connectivity but absolutely appalling for control. It randomly plays from the device that you did not choose. Let Apple do car interfaces VW!

  • 1.4 TSI 150 GT ACT DSG 5dr

    John bradshaw , Cumbria . Date: 19/04/2014
    • 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
      52

    My car

    Comfortable, practical and great to drive the Golf is a complete family car. Behind the conservative styling there is a lot of technology, a superb power train and a great chassis. And whilst the interior may not have the show room wow factor of some the impeccable ergonomics and quality feel will still be satisfying long after the style wears thin on some rivals. The 1.4TSI ACT is a terrific engine, it combines the free revving sweetness of a good petrol with a slug of mid range torque and fuel consumption that is not far off a diesel. Smooth and powerful, it is surprising just how much time the engine runs in 2 cylinder mode. The DSG box suits the engine very well and offers super quick, super smooth gear shifts that are almost imperceptible. Not cheap but it is worth the extra I think. The car is very quiet and the ride quality would be considered good in cars a lot bigger than the Golf, yet this comfort is not at the expense of body control and handling is very good. Generous rear seat space, a large and usable book and enough cabin cubby holes to shame many MPV's the Golf is an extremely practical family car. Although not cheap GT trim is well equipped with adaptive cruise, sat nav, city braking, parking sensors, nice alloys etc, although the absence of climate control seems mean. Really it is hard to identify any areas that the Golf does not do well and as an overall package it is an outstanding car. Although conservative the styling a slow burner which grows on you.

  • 1.6 TDI 105 S 5dr

    martin parsons , south yorkshire . Date: 12/04/2014
    • 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
      51

    My car

    You have to be sensible and at the end of the day you pay for what you get. I traded in an excellent BMW 118d which was economical but servicing and insurance much dearer than the golf. Ok I have lost 1.5 seconds at getting to 60, but in today's restrictions and speeds. I love the look of the Golf mark VII (7)in silver looks neat, nicely put together car. S gives me everything I need, i get bluetooth didn't in BM plus a large screen which is a delight to use, great DAB radio and sound. Superb view of the road and driving position, I felt low in BMW and off set. 1.6 TDI engine is like the old 2.0 litre TDI of old or the 1.6 petrol in the Mark 4. Great handling and comfort. As with Golfs I have driven in the past, great torque on Motorway and refined. Shame this one does not have a 6 speed. I found the BMW crashy around town and uncomfortable, but great on the MW. Now I smile every time I get in gold beautifully laid out dash, nice quality and feel. What the golf does best is driving 30 or 40 without any issues, the BMW wanted to go and felt edgy at those speeds. Comfy seats and plenty of space, lots of nice places to put things, and velvet valour trim in the glove compartment, side bins all make this a superb package. Conservative and boring to some, but after driving some cars this was the most refined and best golf yet. Ok I preferred the gear shift in the BMW, it was quicker on the clutch. Parking break, I have got used to it, and gives you 100% breaking. Suspension is fine

  • 1.4 TSI 122 S 5dr

    J Kelly Date: 02/04/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    Having driven 2.0 litre Passat TDIs for over 12 years, I decided to downsize but did not want to lose out on engine power and equipment. The Golf Match 1.4 TSI pre-registered petrol car that I bought in April 2013 ticks all the boxes. It is a smooth, powerful and very well equipped car. It handles much better than a Passat and although it offers less in MPG, the cost difference between diesel and petrol evens things out. Road tax is also lower. I am delighted with this car and would recommend it. When I come to replace it in a few years, I will be looking at the latest 1.4 TSI Golf offerings form VW.

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