A Bora is defined as a winter wind which blows intermittently over the coast of the Adriatic Sea. It is also my trusty car! When I started seeing my now husband he very quickly put me on his insurance for his 2001 VW Bora, mad, crazy yes, but in all this time I have not had a crash and the car is still going strong. He purchased it from new and I started driving it in 2005. Now, some 146,000 miles later, it is still, in my opinion as good as a new car and still fun to drive. When the VW Bora was released I believe it was the new name for the Jetta and now they don't make the Bora anymore which is a shame as I think it is a good midrange/size car for its price tag. The Bora is slightly smaller than the VW Passat although looks just like it in terms of design and features. Our Bora is a four door car with a separate boot in the back. In the front there are obviously two seats, a drivers seat and a passenger seat. In between them is an armrest which can be moved up and down. This is handy as I like to drive with it up and my husband likes to drive with it down. You can open a compartment on this arm rest and inside is fairly big enabling you to store maps, chargers, etc. The front seats just move manually, there are no electric buttons which move the seats. The passenger seat has a bar which goes the whole length of the seat which you pull up whereas the drivers seat has a little lever on one side that moves the seat. Each seat has side pockets in the door which can hold cd's and things like that. They go the whole length of the door. One of my favourite features on this car are the front heated eats with controls for each seat. I love being warm in the car but my husband likes it cold so for me to be able to turn a button and have my seat warm up is lovely. The controls go from number 1 to 5, 5 being the hottest. Once it has been on for a while I generally turn it to number 3 to still keep it warm but without making my bum really hot. The air conditioning works well on this car, you can direct it at your feet, your face or both and you have climate control to be able to control the temperature of the air conditioning which is nice. There are cup holders at the front of the car on the dashboard. These click out from the dash and are a bit flimsy for my liking. They are just little arms that go across the cup and you have to really use your hands to push them open so when you are driving it is quite hard to get the cups in and out of these, especially if it is something like hot coffee. I do manage it but the cups do tend to spill quite a bit of the time which is not something you want if you like to keep your car nice and clean. There is a cigarette lighter in the front too inside an ashtray but as we don't smoke we just use this to charge our Sat Nav in which is a handy feature. There is a 6 CD changer included with this car so you load the CD's into a case which you put in the side of the boot of the car and then control them on the CD player at the front of the car. One feature I like about this car is that the controls for the radio and CD are also on the steering wheel so it is very easy to change channel or song when you are driving and you do not need to look down at the actual radio which is quite dangerous if you are driving. In the back of the car there is room for three adults at a push as the middle seat is a bit higher than the two side seats and more of just a bench and not very comfortable on long journeys. However, you can do it if it's just a quick trip up the road. Nowadays we have a car seat for my little girl in the back of the car and this is fixed into the Isofix system. THere are isofix attachments on both of the back seats which I think is a great feature as this is a much more secure way for a baby/child to travel than just being strapped in with the seatbelt. The back seats can be pulled down to give you more room in the boot of the car. The left hand side seat comes down singularly and the right hand seat comes down with the middle section. In the back there are two cup holders and pockets in the back of the front seats which are handy for maps and books etc. The boot is an enclosed boot so only is accessible from the back unless you have the seats down of course. This is really quite a big boot, big enough to fit in a Bugaboo pushchair and suitcases. As the wheel arches are not intruding into the back it is quite a rectangle shape and does not suffer from lack of space at the sides like other car boots do (we have been looking at new cars recently and it is surprising how many cars suffer from this fact). We keep up with regular services on this car so it has always run really well. It does tend to eat oil and needs filling every couple of months and we also have a check engine light that decides to turn itself on for a couple of months and then goes off for a couple of months( which wouldn't normally be a problem but apparently from next year this will actually cause you to fail your MOT if it is on when you take your car to be tested). I can see this car lasting for at least another 70 - 100,000 miles and has been a great family car.
I have been the owner of a VW Bora 1.9 SE TDI PD for the lat five years. Over the five year period which I have owned the car I have covered 100,000 miles and the car is still going as good as the first day which I purchased it. I had been told that the VW Bora model had problems with the electrics, but have never experienced any electrical faults with the car. I have had to replace the window regulators on both the drivers and passenger side doors, which cost about £50 each. But that is down to usual wear and tear of the vehicle and it didnt break the bank lol. I have been servicing the car every 10,000 miles and using fully synthetic 5w40 oil. Which I have been told increases the life span of the VW PD engine. If you are going to buy a VW Bora I would recommend this model as it is also has relatively cheap insurance as it is within the insurance group 6. I hope this review has been of some help and I will hope to be driving my Bora for another 100,000 miles. lol
Both the personal and company car market are ultra competitive these days. What with the government's desire to bring prices in line with Europe and the desperation of the major manufacturers to offload their fleets, it was my recent pleasure to finally choose my first ever company car. The market I needed to research was the saloon car as I'm the atypical family man, married with 2 kids (yawn). The major players that sprang to mind included the American giants, Ford and Vauxhall along with their European rivals MG Rover, Citroen and BMW whilst the Japanese stalwarts Mitsubishi, Honda and Toyota weren't out of the question. It was no mean feat for a novice like me to arrive at a sensible solution. My initiative was to go out and buy the latest edition of What Car? Working in tandem with the online sister site of the renowned car magazine, the shrouds of mystery surrounding the situation slowly dissipated. The aspects I was interested in were appearance, economy (I'm driving nearly 100 miles per day), comfort and performance. Unusually, price wasn't so crucial as I wasn't actually paying this time! My inclination was towards the German side of things. I'd always had a real soft spot for Audi A4 but in the final reckoning, I wasn't happy to stump the extra £75 per month contribution I'd have to pay on the company scheme (bearing in mind the monthly tax bill for a car like this would be around the £100 mark). I finally opted for a VW Bora and I'll try to explain why. Historically, I've always been a fan of Rover. I suspect that there was an element of blind loyalty as my father-in-law had spent nearly all of his working life working for the British operation but recently I'd picked up on a few question marks around the K series engine. As I'd be stuck with my choice for around 4 years I wanted something reliable and everything pointed towards the German manufacturers. ***Appearance*** The Bora is based on its smaller counterpart, the ever-popular Golf. This is a 4 door with a good-sized boot that had the edge on my Rover 416SLI We managed to cram a fortnight's worth of holiday luggage in there and I did like the little side pockets that had space for a first aid box as well as a warning triangle. The spare tyre was underneath which is where they should be (the French Citroen has it underneath at the rear and it took my ages to find it!) The bonnet is fairly dynamic and very similar to both the Passat and Golf. This version came with alloy wheels, which always look the bee's knees. Inside, the driver and passenger seat come in an impressive black upholstery with a real modern feel to it. The dash is classical with circular display panels as opposed to the more mundane digital displays. The on board data is able to record useful information such as journey time, temperature, miles per gallon and so on. The doors come with central locking whilst the key will initially only open the driver's door taking a second press to open the rest of the doors, quite a handy security feature. There is a light for the passenger side vanity mirror whilst other mod cons include fairly standard radio and cassette player, cigarette lighter with the increasingly important air con present. Arm rests both front and back along with the almost obligatory head-rests add that touch of comforts for passengers. Volkswagen are renowned for their obsessive attention to detail. Smart trim surfaces, tightly fitting panels that don't rub or squeak and a classy ambience mean it's still unrivalled in its class. The mechanicals seem every bit as durable, too, and are backed by a three-year warranty Ooh..there's a snazzy cup holder in the front too although I'd recommend the passenger fiddling around with this unless you wanna end up in a ditch. Leg room and space is plentiful with room for 3 in the back, no problem at all. ***Economy*** With the cost of fuel, ever more important as well as the implications of emissions on personal tax bills, I wanted a diesel and this is a 1.9 TDI (Turbo Diesel Injection). Most folks should be thinking diesel these days as they've come a long way since the average diesels ounded like a bus humming away at it's stop. Sneakily, the powers that be have edged the price of diesel above unleaded but it still pays to go diesel. The stats on the site suggest urban *mpg at 39.2 whilst ex-urban weighs in at 61.4 with combined at 51.4. I've had the motor around 2 months now and the on board display comes in at a fairly constant 46.7 which is still miles better than the Rover I was driving around in! ***Performance*** I love driving this car. Great suspension means a lovely smooth ride to work each day whilst I have the luxury of overtaking in seconds as a foot on the gas takes this baby swiftly past anything holding it up. 0 - 60 is a respectable 10.1 seconds with an overall maximum speed of 127mph. I've had this sweetheart doing 110mph without much effort (shhhhhhhhh...only to overtake mind). The car isn't totally noiseless when the radio isn't on but I was put off the Passat as I'd read it was noisier than the Bora at higher revs. At **115bhp, the engine compares favourably with the BMW 3-series although cornering is relatively average for a car in it's class. I generally drive on the open road with my daily journey almost exclusively on an A-road but the Bora nips around town very nicely too. ***Security*** With car crime so prevalent, security considerations are paramount and the Bora fairs well. Front and passenger side air bags are a welcome feature whilst immobiliser and alarm come as standard. The strength of VWs is in their structural integrity as well as their standards of assembly. It should protect in a crash as well as a Golf, which got a four-sta r Euro NCAP crash rating. ABS and anti-skid control are included too. ***Criticism** I found it strange that there was no button to release the boot other than having to use the key whilst no rear screen wiper was most unusual. Needless to say, there is a heating element to de-mist the rear window but it is a little weird nevertheless. I understand that depreciation is worse on a Bora than a Golf so if you are looking at it from a re-sale point of view, this may put you off. As mentioned earlier, cornering isn't the best and the you can hear the diesel engine but it's by no means loud at all. ***Price and further info*** List price is around the £16900 mark but the excellent WhatCar website suggests looking for a deal around the £15153 mark. Further data is available at Volkswagon.co.uk and the previously eulogised What Car site (I really must do an op an it!) Insurance group is 8 with a typical contract hire monthly cost of around £316. ***Recommendation*** I'm delighted with this car. Everybody that's been in it has been impressed and you really wouldn't know it's a diesel. I really enjoyed arriving at a suitable car and this will appeal to saloon car buyers either private or company car i.e families or those wanting to buy a mid-range vehicle. Just make sure that you get the best deal you can! Thanks for reading (sorry to be so boring) Marandina *miles per gallon **brake horse power Useful data: Number of doors 4 Number of seats 5 Engine (cc/type) 1896/4 Fuel type Diesel Max power (bhp/rpm) 130/4000 Max torque (lb ft/rpm) 228/1900 Max speed (mph) 127 0-60mph (sec) 10.1 Engine position Front Driven wheels Front Length (mm) 4376 Width (mm) 2018 Height (mm) 1446 Front headroom (mm) 975 Front legroom (mm) 1130 Rear headroom (mm) 933 Rear kneeroom (mm) 845 Boot space (max ltr) 785 Tow ing w eight (kg) 1400Kerb weight (kg) 1313