Which is better, the new Volkswagen Golf or BMW 1 Series?

I currently have a 2015 Volkswagen Golf with the DSG gearbox, which you have been critical of (but ours has had no trouble). I'm now thinking of a replacement. The new Golf has a DSG gearbox. Is this the same as mine or is it better/more reliable? I'm also looking at the BMW 118i SE, also automatic, but obviously different. Would this be a better option?

Asked on 13 May 2021 by David Hignett

Answered by Andrew Brady
We're receiving very few reports of issues with modern DSG gearboxes. With regular maintenance (i.e. fluid changes every few years) there's no reason why they won't be as reliable in the long-term as a traditional torque-converter transmission. Both the latest Golf and BMW 1 Series are great cars. There are a few flimsy materials in the cabin of the Golf which you won't find in the 1 Series, while we also prefer the infotainment in the BMW. It's more enjoyable to drive, too, if that's important.
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