Used Volkswagen Golf 2004 - 2009 review

Category: Family car

Section: Alternatives

Volkswagen Golf (03 - 09)
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  • Volkswagen Golf (03 - 09)
  • Volkswagen Golf (03 - 09)
  • Volkswagen Golf (03 - 09)
  • Volkswagen Golf (03 - 09)
  • Volkswagen Golf (03 - 09)
  • Volkswagen Golf (03 - 09)

Alternatives

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.

Overview

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