Used Volkswagen Golf 2009 - 2013 review

Category: Family car

Section: Alternatives

Volkswagen Golf (09 - 13)
  • Volkswagen Golf (09 - 13)
  • Volkswagen Golf (09 - 13)
  • Volkswagen Golf (09 - 13)
  • Volkswagen Golf (09 - 13)
  • Volkswagen Golf (09 - 13)
  • Volkswagen Golf (09 - 13)
  • Volkswagen Golf (09 - 13)
  • Volkswagen Golf (09 - 13)
  • Volkswagen Golf (09 - 13)
  • Volkswagen Golf (09 - 13)

Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used Volkswagen Golf hatchback?

The usual suspects of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, as well as the Volkswagen Golf’’s Spanish cousin the Seat Leon, are worth considering because they don’t hold their value as well and so are cheaper to buy used.

However, perhaps the most tempting alternative is the bigger, more practical Skoda Octavia, which is closely related and uses the same engines.

Overview

A firm family favourite, the VW Golf exudes quality and is great to drive, though it isn't as reliable as you might think

  • Impeccable interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Very quiet
  • Worrying number of common faults
  • Pricier than some rivals
  • Smallest engines are weak