Used Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 1998 - 2004 review

What is it like?

(1998 - 2004)
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (97 - 06)
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What's the used Volkswagen Golf hatchback like?

The Golf is the kind of car you respect more the longer you own it. Above all else, it conveys a sense of robust, deep-seated quality, from the classy cabin with its well chosen materials to the solid-looking (if rather plain) exterior.

Although there's adequate space in the rear for adults, they don't have as much room as in a Ford Focus. However, the driving position will suit most sizes of driver and the layout of the dash is logical.

The Golf errs more towards comfort and refinement, and rides reasonably well. It's a relaxed motorway cruiser, but the price you pay for the comfort is less-than-sharp handling, and it feels stodgy in corners.

With a huge array of engines available, there's a Golf for everyone. The best diesels are badged PD and combine a smooth, strong response with excellent economy. The petrols start with a sluggish 1.4 and top out with a blistering 3.2 V6, but the 1.6 is adequate for most needs.