Used Volkswagen Golf 2004 - 2009 review


(2003 - 2009)
Volkswagen Golf (03 - 09)
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Volkswagen Golf hatchback?

The Golf’s key rival has long been the Ford Focus. It’s a slightly sharper car to drive, but doesn't have the badge kudos of the Volkswagen, or the interior quality.

A Toyota Corolla will give you the same sort of space and practicality as the Golf, and promises to be a bit more reliable, but it's dull to look at and to drive.

Vauxhall’s Astra is similarly abundant in the classifieds. It was always considered inferior when new and cost similar money, but time has worked in its favour; it’s cheaper to buy used.

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Volkswagen Golf (03 - 09)
Volkswagen Golf (03 - 09)
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The VW Golf has always been a comfortable and classy choice, but this fifth-generation model added fun handling to the mix.

  • Comfortable ride
  • Classy and user-friendly interior
  • Enjoyable to drive
  • Some economical engines
  • Noisy 1.6-litre diesel
  • Worries over reliability of DSG auto gearbox
  • Omnipresent and predictable