Alternatives

Used Volkswagen Golf 2009 - 2013 review

(2009 - 2013)
Volkswagen Golf (09 - 13)
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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.

The Golf also competes with premium-badged offerings, such as the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. While it may not have quite the same badge appeal, it’s more comfortable than the Audi and a lot more practical than the BMW.

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Verdict

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