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Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 2008‑2013

4.3 (84 reviews)
84 reviews for Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 2008‑2013
Volkswagen Golf hatchback

The Auto Trader verdict:

3.6/5
The Golf R is nothing like the Focus RS. It's subtle and quiet, with four-instead of front-wheel drive for a surefooted drive. Great car, but the Golf GTI is better value.


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Volkswagen Golf

jerrymullan | 16th September '17

I'm 60 years old and decided that the gti would probably be the best no nonsense vehicle for me.

I was right!it the handling is unbelievable at any speed slow or fast 210 bhp and no torque steer ,little rough on the suspension,but to be expected,extremely comfortable and supportive seats.its not like a lot of high end badges of today. We're style over function prevails this car beats them all for the money,

It's no wonder this vehicle has little depreciation and although it can return only 25 to 30 mpg it still must be cheaper to own than a fiat panda.if your a petrol head this car has to be on your bucket list,best car you can legally have fun with!

3.8/5

Practicality

3.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

2.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Volkswagen Golf

MagicMoment | 12th September '17

Absolutely superb all round car, excellent build quality, very fast and quiet and smooth.

We've had the 1.4 TSI 160bhp GT from new, and its now 7 years old. It has been completely reliable, and is such a lovely and smooth drive. I get around 38 mpg around local roads, and It can get 55 mpg on a long motorway haul, and yet if you like to put your foot down (it has a supercharger and Turbo) it leaves every 2.0 diesel behind when accelerating (even the 3.0 diesels struggle). Most tests at the time recorded 0-62 in 7.5 secs. The GT spec is on a par if not better than Audi/Merc/BMW. Get one optioned with the touch screen entertainment system, and dual climate control if you can.

5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Volkswagen Golf

Hatetoseeitgo | 6th September '17

I am not a dealer or part of a car trader. Just selling this car due money issues.. hate to see it go..

5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Volkswagen Golf

LRA | 28th May '17

Not a pleasant car to drive, bought it thinking it will be great car but i was disappointed just after one day.

2.3/5

Practicality

1.0/5

Reliability

1.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

3.0/5
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Volkswagen Golf

MRAverage | 13th January '17

I have owned this car for about 4 months now, if it stays reliable I think it will be the best car I have owned in 30+ years.

It has more than enough power for my needs and the torque from low revs makes for a very relaxed driving experience. In particular,3rd and 4th gear are great for joining motorways. It is also a very refined car, virtually silent at cruising speeds. It is much more refined than a previous Passat which had the same engine. It is also economical, 60 mpg is easily achieved on a long run. I would have liked an automatic, but I couldn't find one at the time.

The ride and handling are also first class, it is comfortable on all but the worst roads and combines this with very secure and flat handling. I'm glad VW resisted the temptation to fit big wheels and low profile tyres as this ruins the ride for me. The brakes are also superb.

The car has all the equipment that I need and I like the way that you are not always being shown constant flashing lights and warnings as in some cars. It is all simple too operate and works every time. The lack of Bluetooth might be a grumble for some, but it has never worked properly on my previous cars so I can live without it. For some, the interior might be a little austere but I'm ok with that.

I bought the car used from a VW dealer, they were very good to deal with. I have yet to have it serviced but I'm hoping it will be fine with them.

I used to think that some manufacturers had caught up with VW in terms of quality. Perhaps VW have upped their game, this car is a million times better than my previous Megane and the Megane was newer.

I would have no hesitation recommending this car, it is worth searching for a good one and it will reward you with years of motoring.

5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Volkswagen Golf

Dez | 13th December '16

Great Car to drive.Really Comfortable. Highline model has plenty of extra spec. Plenty of pep.

Get the climate control option . Standard heater is poor.

4.3/5

Practicality

4.0/5

Reliability

4.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Volkswagen Golf

jrcrawf | 3rd September '16

I have owned my 2012 Volkswagen Golf Match 1.6 TDI for a few months now. I bought it second hand at 37,500 miles and have added approximately 3000 myself. I upgraded from a 2002 Volkswagen Polo 1.9 SDI and I am very impressed with the car so far. It came with most added extras; air-con, mfd display, cruise control, parking sensors including optical display, hill assist and also mirror down for when reversing. In regards to performance the car is quite nippy from stand still but is also happy to cruise on the motorway at 80+mph.

The ride is very smooth and consistent and the road noise is minimal. Running costs are also low considering the 1.6 engine, It can go approximately 600 miles on a full tank which includes motorway and city driving.

So far I am impressed and would definitely advise a friend to buy one.

5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

5.0/5

How it drives

5.0/5
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Volkswagen Golf

Do1504 | 2nd June '16

I bought this vehicle and when I brought it home (I live 90 miles away) I noticed it had damage to the front offside bumper, sensors, headlight. I took the vehicle to a body repair man who said it would cost £1000 to repair. When I took the vehicle back I was refused the vehicle report when the vehicle is taken to dealer. I was left stranded to make my own way home . I wrote 2 letters of letters of complaint which were not acknowledged

DO NOT buy from this dishonest dealer

1/5

Practicality

1.0/5

Reliability

1.0/5

Running cost

1.0/5

How it drives

1.0/5
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Volkswagen Golf

MathewH | 9th May '16

I bought this for a combination of commuting and weekend driving with 2 little ones and it's brilliant. Drives well, economical and I think a very good car for the money I paid for it. Does exactly what it says on the tin!

4.5/5

Practicality

5.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

4.0/5

How it drives

4.0/5
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Volkswagen Golf

searsy63 | 21st April '16

Owned for a year now, (2nd hand) it’s a 1.6 Blue Motion, I had a 1.9 Diesel Turbo Alfa GT before this. The Golf is nice looking and a comfy drive, it’s been spec’d out to the hilt, nice alloys, auto park, park distance, satnav, leather, dual zone climate auto wipers auto lights stop/start etc. etc. I was quite surprised it’s only a 5 speed and I was always searching for 6th gear, but am used to it now. It’s also painfully slow struggling to overtake traffic and the 88 miles on 1 gallon of fuel mpg claim is like the fuel emissions complete myth, the most I’ve managed at a constant 50mph for 20 miles is 68.9 so you’d have to be travelling at 50 all day to get 88mpg would be extremely difficult to achieve. I have a mileage calculator and its doing 51mpg on my cross country commute which is a mere 4mpg better than my Alfa did and it was much more tractable. On motorways at 70 its 50mpg anything faster and consumption rises dramatically and it sounds like it’s struggling, but maybe its tuned to keep the speed down. The one thing I will say it’s only used consumables and 1 headlight bulb in a year and the auto service is saying 7500 miles to the next service so reliability wise its faultless. I'd sell it to get the 2.0 TDI which is probably as economical and faster, but I'd miss the toys this one has! Nice car, but economy at a price!

4/5

Practicality

4.0/5

Reliability

5.0/5

Running cost

3.0/5

How it drives

4.0/5
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