Used Volkswagen Bora Saloon 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

1999 - 2005 review
Volkswagen Bora Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Bora Saloon (99 - 05)
  • Volkswagen Bora Saloon (99 - 05)
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Which used Volkswagen Bora saloon should I buy?

The core engine is the 1.9 TDI turbodiesel, and models with this engine are the ones to go for. The 90bhp version, which ran until May 2002, is okay, but the PD high-pressure injection versions are better. The 110bhp and 115bhp models do a solid job, while the 130bhp version, which arrived in June 2001, gives hotter performance.

The 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol engines are fine, while the 1.8-litre Turbo gives a nice drive in both 147bhp and 177bhp tune, but suffers from reliability problems. Refinement is poor in the 2.3-litre V5, but that's not something you could say of the silky-smooth 201bhp V6 4Motion.

Even entry-level S cars are well equipped, with air-con, central-locking, electric windows and fully adjustable steering. SE trim adds a trip computer, alloys and alarm, while the Sport gets lower suspension and a CD player.

Safety across the range is good, too, with a four-star Euro NCAP rating, front and side airbags and anti-lock brakes. But, go for a post-June 2002 model, if you can, as they also get electronic skid prevention as standard.