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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
20 reader reviews for Volkswagen Golf Hatchback.
  • 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 5dr

    Will Benton , cheshire . Date: 15/12/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43.8

    My car

    Company car - 64 plate golf gtd in silver.

    Overall I am very impressed by the quality of this car. The engine is very strong yet quiet, manual gearbox is slick, the interior is a lovely place to be, the equipment level as standard is high (with the exception of sat nav) and a special mention to the directional xenon headlights which are superb. There are a few gripes however:

    - The adaptive cruise control is the most hateful cruise control system I have ever used with no facility that I can find to turn the adaptive part off - The fuel tank is too small - you're very lucky to get 450 miles from a full tank - The economy is disappointing. I was not expecting vw claimed 67mpg, but my 2009 bmw 320d would return over 50 mpg no matter how you drove it, with over 60 mpg possible driven at 70 mph on the motorway. So far in the golf over 3,000 miles of mixed driving have yielded just over 43 mpg which is not good enough in this day and age. And that's with the car 85% of the time on Eco mode, and I do not have a heavy right foot. Hopefully this will improve a bit with warmer weather and the engine run in a bit more. - Ridiculous placement of CD player - in the glovebox.

    These issues aside overall it's a fine car that I would recommend

  • 2.0 TSI 220 GTI 5dr

    Richard Waine , Northants . Date: 09/12/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      31

    My car

    So I've had my Golf GTi for a week now and have been very happy with it so far.

    Build Quality If you've ever owned a VW you know the high standards to expect. The GTi is no different. There are cheaper quality materials but they have been clever with their placement i.e. found in places you wouldn't normally touch.

    Performance Yep. It's a Golf GTi. It does what you expect it to do and that's put a big grin on your face when you press the fun pedal. Mine's the manual box because I'm a bit old school like that and like to know that when I put it in a gear it's going to stay there until I change it. Plus I like the interaction with the car. I drove the DSG; it was quicker, but more 'detached'.

    Practicality This is a Golf at the end of the day. There's loads of space, cubby holes, drawers, split seats with pass-through. All very practical. Mine's the 5 door and getting a child in the back is dead easy. Loads of leg room etc. Parking is easy with the new steering column and parking sensors. Visibility is good.

    Economy To be fair it's about what I expected. Just over 30 mpg on a 20 mile commute including some stop start traffic getting out of one city, some motorway then a bit more stop start in the next city. There's the option of some back country roads too but they get blocked up during rush hour. Either way the car returns just over 30 mpg.

    What would I change? Responsiveness of the entertainment system. I've got the 6" sat nav.

  • 2.0 TDI 150 GT 5dr

    Tim Gibbs , DEVON . Date: 26/11/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      58

    My car

    My two previous cars were Honda Civics (2.2 i-cdi) and I have now had the Golf for 2 months /5000 miles. The Golf is undoubtedly more sophisticated with lots of e- gizmos, some of which do not make a very positive contribution to the driving experience ! The car is very quiet for one of this size, it has fantastically comfortable seats (for us anyway!), it has a very good turning circle and had a great chassis - especially with the DCC we paid extra for; it was however a surprise to have to pay extra for automatic climate control ! There are three areas that disappoint; i)the adaptive cruise control which I find modulates so poorly that I rarely use it, ii) the gear change is not smooth and quite "notchy" and iii) the engine is not as flexible as the Honda's. This, coupled with the chosen gear ratios, requires a lot of gear changes in give-and-take motoring. All-in-all it's a very good car, if a bit pricey, but, for me, it would have been a really great car if it had the Honda's engine and gearbox! But then it would have given me the 58 mpg I have averaged so far?

  • 1.6 TDI 105 Match 5dr

    david Price , Derbys . Date: 10/11/2014
    • 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
      60

    My car

    I bought this car to replace a Mercedes CLK320. The Golf may be half the engine size of the Mercedes, but the performance is not. Obviously it's not as quick, but not far off, and the handling of the Golf simply cannot be faulted. So far I've only done a few hundred miles locally, but the Golf is returning an acceptable 60mpg. As it's the "match" model it is packed with goodies, and the 7 speed DSG gearbox is so smooth you simply don't feel the changes. It is a great car to drive in "normal" mode, hit the "sport" button and it does a fair impression of a mini GTi. The main reason I bought it was for the seats as I have had a back injury, and they don't disappoint. Possibly the most comfortable seats I have had in a car. This is my 7th VW, having previously had a Mk1, 4 Mk2's, and a Mk5 GTi which gave me 8 years of trouble free motoring. The Mk7 1.6TDI is quick, cheap to run, extremely comfortable, well equipped in match trim,and far better than cars in a class above.

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