What's the used Volkswagen Golf hatchback like?
Introduced in 2009, this sixth-generation VW Golf wasn’t really an all-new model, but rather a heavily revised version of its predecessor, which was on sale between 2003 and 2009.
However, as a basis for a car, the older car was a fine starting point, and Volkswagen addressed its few weaknesses with the Mk6.
Noise suppression was improved, making the 'new' Golf so hushed that it rivalled many luxury cars in this area, while the chassis engineers also earnt their money, providing sharper handling to go with the already impressive ride comfort.
All of this combined with the Golf’s usual strong points of high quality and understated but smart looks, as did a range of fine engines that deliver good fuel economy.
Plentiful choice in engine and trim levels and keen pricing when new also appealed, and the Golf remains a popular choice on the used market, despite the fact it commands a premium over obvious mainstream rivals.
If you want a used car that’ll do everything well, then the Golf should be very high up your shopping list.