Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Volkswagen Golf sports?
Although the Golf GTI’s a hoot on open roads, it will of course have been subjected to the ravages of supermarket car parks and school runs, so check the extremities of the car for any scuffs or dents. Look at those handsome alloy wheels for any kerb damage – they are susceptible to scraps and repair can be expensive.
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On the whole, owners report favourably on the Golf GTI. In our most recent reliability survey, the standard Golf finished midway in the table of family cars, with a respectable score of 75%. Most issues centred on non-engine electrics, but nearly all problems were fixed within a week and under warranty. VW as a brand finished in 16th place out of 31 manufacturers in our study.
Is a used Volkswagen Golf sports reliable?
According to our most recent What Car? Reliability survey, petrol-powered Golfs examples (of which the GTI is amongst) finished in a respectable 12th place out 24 in the family car class.
Volkswagen as a brand finished in 20th place out of 31 car manufacturers in the same survey.
If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information