Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 2004 - 2008

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 2004 - 2008

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Spacious interior and superb build quality
  • Drives well and looks fabulous
  • Good range of engines available

Cons:

  • It is expensive compared to the rivals
  • Basic engines do not have much power

Overview

The Volkswagen Golf has been able to keep its signature appearance over the years, whilst adapting subtly to keep it looking modern and stylish. This generation of Golf is no exception. Handling feels safe and assured at all times and the cabin is more spacious than in previous models, making it an even better family car. As per usual, this Golf also comes with a wide range of engines that should appeal to a wide variety of drivers

Exterior and Interior

The cabin feels more spacious than in the previous Volkswagen Golf and is able to sit two adults in the back comfortably. The seats are a little on the firm side, but not uncomfortably so and they make longer journeys bearable. The boot is also larger than in the previous generation making it easier to get all the shopping and some extra bags in. The quality of the cabin is nothing less than you would expect from a Golf. In other words it’s superb. The dashboard is clearly laid-out with all the dials and buttons feeling solid. The SE trim adds a good equipment level and is the one to go for, however, if you have the extra cash, a model with the Match trim as it adds a few extra luxuries.

Performance and Economy

The 1.4-litre engine kicks off things for the petrol range. It lacks power and isn’t likely to fill you with confidence when you want to overtake. The 1.4-litre TSI engines are better, producing 140bhp and 170bhp both of them reaching 60mph in under 10 seconds. The 170bhp does it in 7.6 seconds, making the 1.6-litre pretty much redundant. They are also fairly economical, achieving 39 and 38mpg respectively. The 2.0-litre GTI fills the gap between the two, going from 0-60mph in 8.6 seconds. The fuel efficiency of the larger unit drops down to 36mpg. The 3.2-litre V6 is the top of the range and is blisteringly quick, going from a standing start to 60mph in 6.4 seconds. The economy does suffer as a result - it manages just 24mpg. The diesel engines are excellent, offering good efficiency and power. The entry-level 105bhp 1.9-litre TDI isn’t as slow as you would expect from a base model. It reaches 60mph in 11.9 seconds and achieves 53mpg. The old 2.0-litre SDI is best avoided as it is unrefined and slow. The newer 2.0-litre TDI 140bhp and 170bhp units are better, going from 0-60mph in 9.0 and 7.9 seconds, whilst achieving 51mpg and 47mpg respectively. The 1.9-litre TDI Bluemotion features the same 105bhp engine as the other 1.9-litre model, but is vastly improved and offers more economy at 62mpg whilst maintaining the same 10.9 seconds from 0-60mph. When insuring a Volkswagen Golf, you are unlikely to pay any more than you would for a Vauxhall Astra or Ford Focus.

Like to Drive

The Volkswagen Golf offers a good drive that feels safe and assured at all times. Steering is sharp and well-weighted, suspension is supple and the body control excellent around the corners. The driving position is convenient with clear views ahead, and the ride is very quiet with very little noise entering the cabin. Overall the fifth generation VW Golf was an improvement on the mk4, with improvements made throughout the whole vehicle.

Faults and Repairs

There have been very few problems with this generation of the Golf, however, if you are looking at either of the two FSI engines, make sure that they have had super unleaded petrol put into them. Some owners use regular unleaded, which can affect their performance. There was one recall for the diesel engines in 2005 over fears of a possible fuel leak, so check that this work has been done. The Golf works out slightly more expensive to service than most of its rivals but you are less likely to have major problems with the car. Eventually, the costs even themselves out over the years.


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Review by Oliver
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"Great Car !!"

Exterior and Interior

So I'm currently looking at new cars, and I can't find any car on the market with the interior quality of this car anywhere, especially for the price you can pick up a GTI for now. The seats are very sporty and comfortable with a great driving position. Never had no complaints from friends in the back regarding space. All round great car.

Performance and Economy

I had my car remapped to 285bhp and it went like a train. The DSG gearbox is seamless. The one down side I must add is the DSG can be a little slow to react from a stand still or rolling in standard D mode.

Like to Drive

Powerful and full of torque. Make sure you have a decent set of tyres on there. If not the car can feel a little mushy under foot and whilst turning. With the sporty steering wheel fitted with all the controls for the stereo and Bluetooth devices, it is a breeze to drive with minimal distractions. <

Faults and Repairs

Fuses for windows and locking system gone a few times. This was from trying to close windows both at once over a period of time which caused the fuses to blow. VW could not find the fault on VAGCOM device as it stops all engine comms. But a simple fuse change hit the spot.
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Review by musicalmark
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"I love getting a reaction!"

Exterior and Interior

The heated leather seats were just brilliant on cold days and nights, especially driving home after a long flight. We both had a warm back massage and felt great to be back in our favourite car. My girlfriend loves the colour of the dash at night. So sexy!

Performance and Economy

Both economy with the 6 gears is amazing and when you want it, eye watering speed! wow this car is fast.

Like to Drive

Handling is so responsive and holds corners like no other car I have driven. The gear box is solid and clean changes easy. Visibility is excellent all round and generally a very easy and safe car to drive. <

Faults and Repairs

Not had any faults or repairs in the 4 months since purchase. Absolutely amazing car all round. Quality build and design.
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Review by grinner
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"hot-hatch at it's best"

Exterior and Interior

good external styling yet practical when you opt for the 5 door version. with 18 inch Monza alloys the car looks the part as well. Comfortable interior with intuitive controls, decent rear seats and ample room for 4+ adults

Performance and Economy

blow your socks off performance, socks off economy = poor economy but hey I din't buy it to be economical, get a city rover if that's what you want!

Like to Drive

an absolute dream of a drive, light yet precise steering with adrenaline pumping acceleration and faultless cornering. smooth gear changes and a nice engine noise in the higher rev range yet not too boy-racer (ish) a grown up's boys toy! A true driving experience for everyday use. <

Faults and Repairs

noisy climate control (is there a mouse inside it?) and a possessed rear wiper. no repairs to report to date
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Review by Thegdove
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"Hmmmm"

Exterior and Interior

Outside looks nice and sporty. Discreet boot opening under rear VW logo is nice as are wing mirror indicators. Inside, the car has a sporty feel although does not feel as solidly built as the older models.

Performance and Economy

Driven sensibly I've had good economy but it can be thirsty if you put your foot down. Turbo gives a nice punch.

Like to Drive

Whips around corners with good handling. Quick off the mark and at top end. Nice and smooth to drive. Solid gear changes give a feel of quality. Drives like a car of Golf heritage should with nice power from turbo. <

Faults and Repairs

Flywheel shattered and took out engine block so engine had to be replaced at 48000 miles. CD player jammed and won't eject. Suspension snapped. Brakes failed. Generally disappointed with a car that carries the VW badge.
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