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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
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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Volkswagen Golf (13-) Hatchback
14 reader reviews for Volkswagen Golf Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 1.6 TDI 105 S 5dr

    Thomas Jones , Surrey . Date: 02/03/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      51

    My car

    The car holds the road well and feels very sure-footed. Also, the 7 speed DSG uses the modest torque from the engine quite well, meaning progress is fairly brisk, but not fast. It's certainly adequate for general overtaking and never feels especially sluggish.

    However, the lack of independent rear suspension on this model is not a minor difference. If you drive this, then a model with the independent suspension, the difference is quite marked. The car feels far more unsettled on rougher surfaces. Added to the vibration from the engine, it is significantly less refined than the 2.0 TDI and 1.4 TSI that I have driven. There is a lot of vibration transferred from the road into the cabin and after only around 2000 miles, my car developed a series of rattles around various parts of the trim. Every raised manhole, small pothole or rough surface feels very harsh compared to other Golfs I have driven.

    A significant gripe is fuel economy. I'm used to not being able to achieve the sort of figures that the manufacturer quotes, but the economy stated on this model by VW is odd, to say the least. They claim an average of 72.4mpg combined. In reality, after 7000 miles of mixed urban/motorway/A road driving, I actually averaged only around 51MPG. That's 30% down on the claimed figure and a huge unexpected cost when running this car on a high mileage! This really bugs me, as the new Golfs have been described in various publications as lighter and having significantly improved economy.

  • 1.6 TDI 110 BlueMotion 5dr

    Tim Mills , Herts . Date: 22/02/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      58

    My car

    Very underpowered and don't be fooled by those massive MPG figures that VW publish! Had the car for a couple of months now and averaging 58 MPG. I have managed to get 68 MPG over a 150 mile drive but it was a painful experience and took forever ( never went above 60 mph). Just come out of an Audi A3 2.0L diesel and the fuel consumption of this 'Bluemotion' is no better - with a lot worse performance. Don't get me wrong - it's an OK car but the lack of power at low speed is a joke. I find I have to constantly change down to 1st gear to get the thing moving and trying to pull away you really have to keep the revs up - defeating the optimum MPG! Some neat standard fittings - I like the touch screen which controls radio, phone, car data etc. DAB is great and so is the phone connection with a charger for your iPhone built in. No spare wheel - not even a temporary one! Just a repair kit! It's basically a very good car - but take my advice and get then 2.0L or it will be a joyless driving experience!

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