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Volkswagen Golf VI (2009–2013)

Last updated 21 November 2017

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Kerb weight 1157–1541 kg
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Servicing -

Full specifications

Driving

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 Focus 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.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
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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