Volkswagen Golf (2009 - 2013)

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reviewed by Gary Lindley on 26 July 2019
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reviewed by Pab D on 28 June 2019
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reviewed by Paul Alllum on 8 April 2019
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reviewed by Andrew Khaleeli on 23 February 2019
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reviewed by Roger Potts on 15 July 2018
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reviewed by Jonathan Pickard on 2 July 2018
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reviewed by SV on 27 May 2018
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reviewed by ah207 on 10 April 2018
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reviewed by Anonymous on 17 March 2018
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reviewed by Neil K on 21 February 2018
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reviewed by Atommo75 on 2 November 2017
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reviewed by Ben's Golf on 15 August 2017
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reviewed by Anonymous on 3 August 2017
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reviewed by Comical Engineer on 30 April 2017
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reviewed by halloranan on 16 June 2016
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reviewed by Petemc1960 on 10 February 2016
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reviewed by Comical Engineer on 30 October 2015
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reviewed by Anonymous on 24 August 2015
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reviewed by SomerHimpson60 on 22 August 2015
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reviewed by ah207 on 2 July 2015
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reviewed by spin0304 on 28 April 2015
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reviewed by AnonML on 19 April 2015
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reviewed by RJ2DJ on 7 April 2015
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reviewed by spoons33 on 22 October 2014
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1.6tdi S

reviewed by Comical Engineer on 27 September 2014
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Overall rating
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How it drives
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Fuel economy
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Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
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Cost of maintenance and repairs
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Experience at the dealership
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How practical it is
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How you rate the manufacturer
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Overall reliability

Stodgy base spec model

This is my wife's car. She liked it because she had owned several previous Golfs and knew where all the controls were. It's just being sold (Oct 14) with 59,000 on the clock.

On the plus side, it has been very reliable and reasonably economical. It has had no repairs other than routine servicing, tyres, brake pads & discs. It is simple to drive, reasonably comfortable, and has sufficient space for 4 adults plus a weeks luggage.

On the minus side, "S" model is real poverty spec. No electric rear windows, and even more stingy, no rear speakers! Whilst the hand winding windows were tolerable, the lack of rear speakers is annoying and results in deafening the front passengers so that the rear ones can hear. Being the basic 90bhp diesel it is quite stodgy to drive. The engine has to be revved more than other diesels to make it go. It feels flat and rough below 1800 rpm which means that it's also difficult to get anywhere near the manufacturers mpg figures. In real life expect 52-55mpg in mixed driving. Also, the 5 speed gearbox and long gearing means that you are often in 3rd gear at 30mph and can't really use 5th below 45mph. That said, 70mph is about 2,000 rpm so it's quite relaxed on the motorway.

The thing that has really put us off this car, however, is the number of rattles and knocks. I'm not sure where VW's build quality went but it was heading South with this car. Despite several attempts, we have been unable to eliminate all of the rattles and the dealer quoted us £96 just to even take a look. Eventually, we just got fed up with the cacophony of assorted noises.

Overall I can't recommend the tdi 90 S and would suggest going for the 2.0tdi instead.

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reviewed by Wilson78 on 26 October 2013
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reviewed by sad_tsi_owner on 24 August 2012
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reviewed by JVG on 14 July 2011
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reviewed by Neverbuybluemotion on 2 June 2011
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reviewed by chiark on 15 June 2010
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reviewed by Car enthusiast on 22 May 2010

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Price£14,880–£33,710
Road TaxA–J
MPG33.2–74.3 mpg
Real MPG87.9%

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