Used Volkswagen Bora Saloon 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Family car

Section: Ownership cost

1999 - 2005 review
Volkswagen Bora Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Bora Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Bora Saloon (99 - 05)
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Ownership cost

What used Volkswagen Bora saloon will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Volkswagen Bora saloon?

Because the Bora, as a saloon, is less popular than the five-door Golf hatch, the good news is that prices are lower.

Service intervals are set at 10,000 miles or 12 months, which is par for the course. And, although Volkswagen dealers charge more for their labour, Warranty Direct's figures show that the average repair cost works out cheaper than for most rivals.

Running costs are only a pain with the larger-engined models. If you choose the V6 4Motion, for example, be prepared to dip into your wallet regularly, because it has a 25mpg thirst. And, that's the official figure - the real-world one will be a lot lower, while insurance is high with a group 17 rating. The V5 fares a little better with 29mpg, but its group 16 rating is still steep.

With our recommended 1.9 TDI diesel, you'll encounter a lot less financial pain, thanks to 54mpg fuel economy and a group 6 insurance rating. The 1.6-litre, 16-valve, petrol unit is fairly economical with 39mpg and the same group 6 insurance.