I have had my Golf for nearly 6 years now and it is such a durable car. I always feel safe when I'm driving even when we have had icy weather.
Although I found the initial outlay of the car quite harsh on my pocket, I really would say that it has been economical ever since. My car is very low maintenance as I have never had any mechanical problems since owning the car.
The good thing is that if you look on auto trader you will see that VW cars do not loose their value. When initially purchasing my car I found it helpful to know that when I do eventually sell or trade it in that I will still be able to get a fair bit of money back.
My car is Diesel, so I find it to be very economical in terms of how often I go to the petrol station. Part of my jobs is driving around London and at the moment a full tank lasts at least 3 weeks (currently costing £70 = approx. 360 miles)
When helping frail or elderly in the car you must be careful as the doors can be quite heavy to open and can swing back with force.
The only complaint I have about my car is that I have one light bulb at the back that always blows! But in the grand scheme of things if that is my only complaint after 6 years I'd say that I am a very happy customer. My car makes my job very easy and I love driving so being in a safe and comfortable car is great.
I would definitely recommend a Golf and I when I need more space and a 5 door car I will be getting another VW.
I hope this information is helpful!
This is my most recent car. I have to admit, originally I wanted a VW Beetle but I had heard about people who have had alot of problems with them and I guess it is a car for an aquired taste which could easily fade.
The VW Golf is without doubt a good-looking car. In my opinion it is the perfect balance between a small ;run-around' and a small sports car. I believe it carries the impression of a modern, sporty car. The older models are a little 'square' and 'boxy' and are not appealing to me at all. The newer models however, whether 3 or 5 door look to have had a complete make-over compared to the old ones and I think they are 100 times better to look at.
Even after the initial drive of this car I wouldn't have turned back. For the average school run or trip to the supermarket it is ideal. It is nippy, a lovely smooth drive and is small enough to park into some smaller spaces (yes, even for a woman driver!). Likewise, for a longer drive, some hefty motorway driving or some gorgeous long country lanes, this car has the pull, the power and the stamina to provide a smooth and speedy journey. Just a small extra squeeze on the accelerator pedal gives enough pull to do some impressive overtaking. Equally, the brakes are so sensitive that it responds to the slightest touch of the pedal so is great to react in any situation.
The seats within the car are lovely, warm and comfy. Mine are not leather but to me this is a bonus as they do not need peeling off the skin on a warm day when wearing shorts or a skirt! The 3 door model that I have is perfect. Even though I have 2 children climbing in the back everyday I have never wished I had back doors too. When the front seats are pulled forward there is ample space to easily clamber into the back, even for the less graceful of people! I think the 3 door also adds to the sporty look of the car. The in-built CD/radio is a god-send, Iove to whizz around in my Golf with my favourite tunes on!
With the current cost of diesel there probably isn't a car in existence which one is 100% happy with in this respect. However, this isn't the car's fault and the VW Golf seems to go quite far on a tank of fuel. For example, I probably put £20 of diesel in my car per week and it is used locally every day and I go a little further afield in it a couple of times a week on average. There is a functiopn on the dashboard that tells you how many miles the car can travel on the amount of fuel left in the car. This is very handy, and has long taken over me glancing at the fuel guage.
This is one of those cars that keeps its value up well if there is nothing wrong with it. Mine was bought for approx 6k about 4 years ago, and would probably still be worth 4.5-5k now.
I have never had one. Other that a change of tyres and brake pads which is to be expected on any 7 year old car, I have never had any problem whatsoever with this car, and it has done 120k miles. It is hugely reliable.
I didn't think it was possible to grow an emotional attachment to a car but I have with this one. I have had several cars in the past which meant nothing to me, simply acted as the form of transport that they are, but this one...I love!
The Volkswagen Golf GTi 2 Litre has got to be one of the best hatchbacks out there! Over the last 30 years we have seen five consecutive Volkswagen Golfs thrive and push to the top of the car market and smash all its competitors clean out of the way, And I'd say the new Volkswagen Golf Gti has got to be the best one yet! Here is some information that I hope you will find helpful if you are considering purchasing a GTi.
Outside Visuals 9/10
Unlike any other performance cars the GTi has never been fully loaded out with big over the top body kits, With Volkswagen preferring to keep it nice and simple. Of course but we have the original black hunni comb grill with that recognizable famous red edging running around it. Nice deep front and rear bumpers, A stunning chrome exhaust and a GTi badge on the boot lid separate this GTi to any of its lesser models. A nice wee advantage to buying this car is the the 17 inch alloys come as standard BUT if you want to be real flashy then you could go for the fabulous 18 Inch Monza alloys that are bound to turn heads in the street as you cruise by! The GTi is just one of those cars that looks immense in the color white, A real sight for sore eyes as they would say.
Inside Visuals 8/10
When you purchase a Volkswagen then you really are getting what you pay for, A top quality fit and finish with stylish black and grey plastics. The dials are easily readable and come in a red and electro blue colour that really looks good on the eye. But because this is the GTi, Volkswagen had to go one better! They have installed a flat bottomed steering wheel with a stunning chrome GTi band around the bottom spoke and some nice and shiny chrome pedals, gear knob and handbrake. The GTi comes standard with the original tartan that has always came with GTi's or you can upgrade to leather. Either way, I think both are very comfortable.
Practicality doesn't mean plain old boring! The latest golfs have a wealth of room inside, with lots of head and leg room for back and front seat passengers. The boot can holds 350 liters with the back seats in place, Moving up to an impressive 1,305 when the back seats are folded.
How It Rides And Handles 10/10
The steering is immensely responsive, one little pull to either side and the GTi really grips the road. It responds to the tiniest of inputs through its leather steering wheel. There's just an amazing feeling when this car cuts through low and high speed corners without making a fuss. Even with the optional 18 inch Monza alloys with low profile tyres it really can soak up some of the deepest speed bumps without creating too much of a fuss.
For most performance is the reason for GTi ownership. And in its MK5 guise it wont let you down. It will easily reach 0-62mph in an amazing 7.2 seconds before hitting a top speed of 146 mph. Its 197 bhp 2 litre turbo charged power plant it really does have masses of power.Even in sixth gear which makes over taking a doddle and most importantly enjoyable as you know you have the pulling power to safely do so.
Running Costs 7/10
At more than £20,000 before you even get an extra, The GTi is no doubt alot of money to spend on a car. So you would expect low running costs, But you could be wrong. Volkswagen say the GTi will cover just over 35 mpg, which would be pretty expensive to run, but you need to remember this is a performance car so it can be expected. Emissons 189g/km puts the GTi way up there in the second highest band f, Currently costing £205 a year. New golfs also come with a three year 60,000 miles guarantee and 3 year paint work and 12 year bodywork cover, Thats not bad at all.
Golfs are designed to last. But as performance cars go, you really should have all the paper work when buying a GTi second hand in case it has been thrashed and crashed. So paperwork is vital.
The GTi scored a full 5 stars in the EuroNCAP crash test program. Which is always good to know!
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Me and my Boyfriend bought a 2000 plate 2.0 GTI in November and I'm still finding little gadgets to play with. Our one is a 3 door, which at first I thought was going to be annoying when carrying passengers but the front seats rise up as you pull them forward, which gives your passengers allot more room to get in and out.
We went from a Volvo v40 (a giant car) to this car but the golf has allot of room in the boot with 18 cubic feet. It has a theft-deterrent system that immobilizes the engine unless it recognizes an ignition key with the proper electronic code.
The handling is brill as I discovered the day we bought it, when I took a corner to fast and thought I was going to end up in a field. The car stuck to the road and didn't even cross onto the other side of the road.
There's two-way steering adjustment and comfortable, easy-to-adjust seats, so finding a good driving position is easy. An eight-channel, 200-watt Monsoon sound system rattles the windows and a trunk-mounted six-disc CD changer is added extra.
The GTI has standard air conditioning, automatic power door locks and a cassette player, which is handy if you have an ipod. The layout is logical and the quality of materials is high. With classy blue backlighting for the instruments at night, the Golf's cabin makes for a pleasant driving environment.
I love this car and it looks great.
Built by VW, A presitge mark Having owned my MK3 GTI 16V since September, the only down fall is the high insurance group (15), but thats to be expected of a GTI. The MK3 comes in four derivatives, CL, Driver, GTI 8V and LTD editions VR6 and GTI 16V. The GTI 16V is the VR6 without the high service and tuning costs and is as equally as quick when it comes to the bendy stuff as it lacks the inherant heavy front end of the VR6 and the higher insurance group. Is a classy GTI above the boy racer image although the black 3dr GTI 16V are hard to come by. A reasonable light weight, high powered car, with VW design and build quality makes this an extremley good car. The drive- inherant 16V high power band means this car loves to be driven hard (mmmm) and pulls strong to the limiter. The 16V comes with electronic limited slip diff, with the later cars having the upgrade of VR6 front brakes. With discs all round and ABS this car goes, corners and stops with the best of them. Coupled with VW status and avaliable options. This is the GTI to buy. With VW quoted 147BHP this car tops 137MPH, along with a low 8 second 0-60, with upto 40 MPG being seen crusin up the motor way. There is also the rumour within the GTI clubs of the later cars having more power although never mentioned by VW, to be taken into account. This cars a more mature approach to high performance hot hatches without the hassle from the old bill. Fewwww Not a bad piece of informative information from a girl who knows her stuff. Any more info just askxx