Which used Volkswagen Golf hatchback should I buy?
The Mk6 Volkswagen Golf was offered with a wide range of engines and trim levels, ranging from the frugal TDI diesels to the fast GTI, and the GTD, which mixes elements of both.
The diesel line-up comprised 1.6 and 2.0-litre units, with the smaller engine having either 89bhp or 103bhp, and the 2.0-litre 138bhp or 168bhp. The 138bhp 2.0-litre offers the best balance of performance and affordability, although only the 89bhp 1.6 feels underpowered.
As for the petrol engines, the entry-level 1.4 produces a fairly measly 79bhp, whereas the 1.4 TSI 122 is as gutsy as it is smooth, making it our pick of the range.
If you buy the iconic Volkswagen Golf GTI you’ll get a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine with 207bhp, while the R model pumps out a heady 267bhp and adds four-wheel drive to help exploit it all.
Trim levels included S, SE and GT when the car went on sale, but Match trim, which was introduced in 2010 is our favourite, coming loaded with luxuries.
All Golfs have air conditioning, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, seven airbags and electronic stability control.
Our favourite used Volkswagen Golf: 1.4 TSI Match