Volkswagen Golf VI (2009 - 2013)
Last updated 25 April 2017
Video Road Test
|Kerb weight||1157–1541 kg|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
Unlike Honda, VW didn't revert to a cheap twisty beam back axle. The new Golf has a sort of multi-link arrangement to rival that of the Focxus and Mazda 3.
The 1.4 chain-cam engine has a turbo to help it deliver 122PS and a useful 200Nm torque from 1,500rpm. And no worries about the turbo overheating because it's water-cooled.
You get a 6-speed box as standard, with 6th geared to 30mph per 1,000rpm, which is long for any petrol car, never mind a 1.4. And it never seems to slip into a bottomless pit of turbo lag. Just pulls strongly, pleasantly and well. Like a FIAT Bravo 1.4TJET.
There's ample room in the back, with more headroom than most, and the SE has a useful armrest-cum-ski-flap to poke long things through. They've hollowed out just enough space behind the rear arches to lay a golf bag across your Golf. And under the boot floor, joy of joys, not a full-sized spare wheel, but at least you get a space-saver.
Out on the road, it's pleasant and quiet to drive. But the steering is far from the revelation I'd been led to believe. There's no real ‘feel' and it isn't linear, like the Focus and Megane so there's a change in the level of effort as you turn the wheel. It's not horrible, but it's just not as good as the Focus or Megane. With snow and ice covering the roads during he week of my test, I didn't get the chance to push the car safely and check out its ultimate grip, so handling impressions will have to wait.
It didn't pass the looks test. The female eyes I used in judgement found it wholly unremarkable. Park it next to a Mk V Golf and you can spot the differences. But, as with MINI Mk IIs, when you see one in isolation you're hard pressed to work out if it's the new car or the old one.
However, it does do the job a Golf is supposed to and that is to convey the impression that it's a cut above other mid size hatchbacks and so are you over their owners. The fit and finish and general ambience inside enhance the feeling you have afforded a higher quality car than a Ford. And the 1.4 TSI engine is a really pleasant thing to have under the bonnet, far nicer than the average 1.6 and better than Ford's 1.8.
|1.2 TSI||50 mpg||10.6 s||118 mph||134 g/km|
|1.2 TSI 85||51 mpg||12.3 s||111 mph||129 g/km|
|1.2 TSI DSG||49 mpg||10.6 s||118 mph||134 g/km|
|1.4||44 mpg||13.9 s||107 mph||149 g/km|
|1.4 GT TSI||45 mpg||8.0 s||137 mph||145 g/km|
|1.4 GT TSI DSG||47 mpg||8.0 s||137 mph||139 g/km|
|1.4 TSI||46–47 mpg||9.5 s||124 mph||138–144 g/km|
|1.4 TSI DSG||47 mpg||9.5 s||124 mph||138 g/km|
|1.6||40 mpg||11.3 s||117 mph||166 g/km|
|1.6 TDI||60–63 mpg||11.2–12.9 s||111–117 mph||118–123 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 105||63 mpg||11.3 s||117 mph||119 g/km|
|1.6 TDI BlueMotion||69–74 mpg||11.3 s||118 mph||99–107 g/km|
|1.6 TDI BlueMotion Technology||67–69 mpg||11.2–11.3 s||118 mph||107–109 g/km|
|1.6 TDI DSG||60 mpg||11.2 s||117 mph||123 g/km|
|1.6 TDI DSG BlueMotion Technology||67 mpg||11.2 s||118 mph||109 g/km|
|2.0 GT TDI||59 mpg||9.3 s||130 mph||126 g/km|
|2.0 GT TDI BlueMotion Technology||66 mpg||9.3 s||130 mph||114 g/km|
|2.0 GT TDI DSG||53 mpg||9.3 s||129 mph||138 g/km|
|2.0 TDI||58 mpg||10.7 s||120 mph||128 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 140||53–59 mpg||9.3 s||129–130 mph||126–138 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 140 DSG||53 mpg||9.3 s||129 mph||138 g/km|
|2.0 TDI BlueMotion Technology||66 mpg||9.3 s||130 mph||114 g/km|
|GTD||55 mpg||8.1 s||138 mph||134 g/km|
|GTD DSG||52 mpg||8.1 s||136 mph||142 g/km|
|GTI||39 mpg||6.9 s||149 mph||170 g/km|
|GTI DSG||38 mpg||6.9 s||147 mph||173 g/km|
|GTI Edition 35||35 mpg||6.6 s||153 mph||189 g/km|
|GTI Edition 35 DSG||35 mpg||6.6 s||153 mph||185 g/km|
|R||33 mpg||5.7 s||155 mph||199 g/km|
|R DSG||34 mpg||5.5 s||155 mph||195 g/km|
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