Used Volkswagen Bora Saloon 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

1999 - 2005 review
Volkswagen Bora Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Bora Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Bora Saloon (99 - 05)
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What's the used Volkswagen Bora saloon like?

When Volkswagen introduced the Bora in 1999, it was attempting to create a small sporting saloon in the BMW 3-Series mould. It never quite achieved those dizzy heights, but the Bora is a good and smart-looking car all the same, even if its saloon body restricts its practicality.

Where it does score over the Golf is that, thanks to stiffer suspension and superior body control, it's a better driver's car than the car it's based on. True, really rough or tortuously twisty roads can get the better of Bora's chassis, but most of the time it's fine.

There is a huge variety of engines and the majority are very refined, although the diesels can be boomy and the V5 isn't as smooth as it should be.

Inside, there's precious little to complain about and attention to detail in the cabin is second to none. The seats are comfortable and supportive, the boot is roomy and rear passenger space is acceptable.