Introduction - what is the Golf like?

  • Lowdown on Mark V Golf
  • Cracking second-hand buy
  • What to look out for
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Volkswagen Golf
YEARS 2004-present
YOU'LL LIKE... Badge; quality
YOU WON'T... Price; running costs

With Volkswagen revealing an all-new Golf, you're maybe thinking it's time to look at the current model as a second-hand buy.

Read on for the low-down on this great small family car.

What's it like?

Or more accurately, what's not to like? It's nimble, refined and smooth, has room for four adults, and the boot's a good size.

Overall, it's a cut above rivals such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra and, although it'll cost more to buy, it'll hold on to its value better.