Which used Volkswagen Golf hatchback should I buy?
The diesel engines make most sense if you’ve a long commute, but if you’re running just a few miles each way to work or school then the petrol alternatives are a better bet.
Of the diesels, the noisy 1.9-litre TDI is the most widely available on the used market, but don’t think that the 2.0 SDI is a better choice due to its bigger capacity: it doesn’t have a turbo and so is extremely sluggish. The 2.0 TDI is the one you want.
The pick of the regular petrol range is the 1.6 FSI, while trim levels encompassed S, SE, Match, GT, Sport, GTI and R32. All came with air conditioning, but the S makes do with steel wheels, so SE and Match are better options.
Our favourite used Volkswagen Golf: 1.6 FSI Match