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Volkswagen Golf VI (2009–2013)

Last updated 21 September 2017

Comfortable and quiet on the move, enjoyable to drive. Nicely trimmed with great attention to detail. 1.4 TSI sweeter to drive than a diesel.
7-speed dry clutch DSG problems. EA189 diesel emissions problems. Chain cam 1.4 TSI problems, especially Twincharger. EGR problems with 1.6TDI. Demoted to 3 stars due to huge number of reported faults.
Updated 21 September 2017

Report of clutch pack failure in 2013/63 VW Golf DSG at around 20,000 miles. Owner quoted £3,000 to fix. 201 Dated Faults (a best seller, but still by far the most complained of car ever recorded...

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It's not easy to improve something that's already near perfect, but Volkswagen appeared to have managed it with the Volkswagen Golf. It was more refined, more comfortable and felt even higher quality then the previous model. It appeared that the Volkswagen Golf set a new standard for hatchbacks.

It was not actually completely new, but a thoroughly revamped version of the 2004 Volkswagen Golf with small but key improvements all round. This is most telling on the move where the Golf VI is incredibly quiet and smooth, with the feel of a much larger car.

The quality and finish of the interior were impeccable too (velour lined golvebox, for example, so things don't rattle around in there) and there's a premium feel to the controls and switches. There was also new technology available on this Golf including a clever adaptive air suspension system (called ACC or Adaptive Chassis System) which can vary the handing and ride between sport or comfort modes.

The engine line-up was impressive and all the models offer good economy - both petrols and diesels. The 1.4 TSI 122 is a great choice with excellent torque and smoothness at low revs, but what really grabbed the headlines were the Bluemotion models. Thanks to continual improvements, the 1.6 TDI emits just 99g/km of CO2 and has claimed economy of 74.3mpg.

Unfortunately, these engines have proven unsuitable for repeated short runs from cold with many readers experiencing EGR and DPF problems. Great for long distances. But for short runs, far better a 1.4 TSI or 1.2 TSI.

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 2009 Road Test and Video

Volkswagen Golf GTI 2009 Road Test

Owners' reviews

Quick and economical, a fantastic all rounder.
I Love it. It's quick when pushed & I once achieved 85.7 mpg over a 60 mile journey
Dreary, poverty spec, over-geared & under powered rattlebox
An enjoyable drive, comfortable and economical
Good Car let down by fault after fault
Good build but terrible gearbox

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