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Just how good is the mighty Volkswagen Golf, Europe's best selling car that's now in its seventh generation?

6 January 2009

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6 January 2009

VAG have occasionally come up with interesting engines (e.g. VR6) and this is no exception, particularly so as it's a small capacity unit. It reminds me of the type of thing the Japanese were once well known for - you know, producing midget cars with tiny turbocharged engines. On paper, the performance/fuel consumption compromise of this Golf looks very promising...getting on for diesel-like economy without the revolting smell from the tailpipe and the about-to-die Massy-Ferguson impersonation in the morning. I must test one when I get the chance.

Pye

6 January 2009

Sorry to complain - I think Steve is an excellent journalist and I've always admired his work, but......

This isn't an £18,599 Golf - Price as tested, its a £21K plus Golf when you add the 18" Wheels, Metallic Paint, Auto Box and Parking Sensors, plus whatever else VW add to the press cars.

Why can't Autocar ever get the "price as tested" right? Surely in today's climate price is becoming increasingly important, did Steve not notice that VW had stuck him in a £21K car claiming it cost (a still expensive) £18.5K?

A Focus ST with 225PS, metallic and parking sensors (no auto though) is under £20K.

"and there’s nothing you’ll enjoy driving more in its class" come on 1.4 Golf that looks like the old model but with some nice damped grab handles against a Focus with 225PS and £1500 quid to spend on petrol.

6 January 2009

I went to my local VW dealer on Sunday to have a look at the new Golf and I have to say it is such a nice place to spend time in. The cabin really is very good.

I found the styling fine, apart from the rear lights which I'm just not keen on.

As for the price anyone who pays the full list price especially in these times really isn't trying hard enough. Go to Broadspeed.com where you can already get almost £2k off list on the higher spec cars.

Anyone who chooses an Audi A3 over one of these really is just buying the badge.

7 January 2009

I have to say that it could have been more informative to read a report on the most basic petrol model rather than this high tech show case.

How close are these supension settings to the bottom of the range and how would "rowing the car" along with a manual gearbox and less torquey engine affect the refinement? That would be a more objective test of how far the latest Golf has moved the game on.

7 January 2009

[quote Pye]

A Focus ST with 225PS, metallic and parking sensors (no auto though) is under £20K.

"and there’s nothing you’ll enjoy driving more in its class" come on 1.4 Golf that looks like the old model but with some nice damped grab handles against a Focus with 225PS and £1500 quid to spend on petrol.

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Then when you come to trade it in you'll find the Focus worth about as much as if you had bought a Fiesta.

Remember life costs are more important than sticker price (even if the Golf is a tad overpriced). Seem to remeber the Golf 5 was shockingly expensive in 2004, but everyone else moved their prices up to similar levels shortly after.

9 January 2009

Another engine bay shrouded in plastic and virtually impossible to work on, even if it is just changing a head light bulb or air filter.

I'm sorry I can't see what the fuss is with the Golf. Having owned a Mk5 version, because it was supposedly class best, I never gelled with the thing. The so called quality interior and class leading (well second to the Focus) dynamics just didn't measure up in my opinion. There are better cars for the money and it would appear the new version is no different.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

9 January 2009

[quote jerry99] have to say that it could have been more informative to read a report on the most basic petrol model rather than this high tech show case.[/quote]

Totally agree.

Can we please have a test of a totally standard 79bhp 1.4 Golf S? No optional extras whatsover. Then we can see if it really is worth the money... (£13.5k)

10 January 2009

The typical used Focus is worth less than an equivalent Golf, but on the subject of life costs, check out how much more you will spend on insurance, servicing and parts on a Golf compared to a Focus!

12 January 2009

I also responded to an invite and went along to a local dealer for the launch display.

They had a display of well preserved previous models and with some other folks I relived camping trips across France in a 3 door MK1 with 2 kids. Can't believe how small and light the car was and that thin steering wheel etc. Sat in a Mk2 much like my two Jettas and then a Mk3 1.8 more trips and ferrying the children to universities each term We've only just passed a 10 year old Mk4 onto a niece.

Oh yes and the new car looked nice too although the rear seat squabs dont fold away like they used to. I'll need to try the 1.4T and the 140 diesel and the DSG to see which combination suits me best. I am sure that dynamically it will be better than my 2001 A4 but I wont just be able to throw the bike in the back. The Mk 4 could handle 5 dustbins of garden rubbish this is the acid test in real world suburban motoring!

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