Used Volkswagen Golf GTI (2009 - 2012) Review

Review by Simon Harris on
Last Updated: 23 Sep 2014
4.5
The Volkswagen Golf GTI launched the trend for hot hatches in the late 1970s and has grown from a cult car, to - in its current incarnation - perhaps the best all-round fast family hatchback. This sixth-generation Golf GTI is effectively a thorough re-working of the previous car, itself a superb performance hatch.
Volkswagen Golf GTI (09-12)
Outstanding blend of performance, agility, comfort and practicality
Not as quick outright as many alternatives, less overtly sporty styling than some

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£25,040 - £29,505

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£4,858 - £11,927

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

The Volkswagen Golf GTI launched the trend for hot hatches in the late 1970s and has grown from a cult car, to - in its current incarnation - perhaps the best all-round fast family hatchback. This sixth-generation Golf GTI is effectively a thorough re-working of the previous car, itself a superb performance hatch. Volkswagen, therefore, had a strong base upon which to develop this car.

It comes with a new, more powerful 2.0-litre TFSI engine and sharp handling, but doesn't compromise on comfort. And while it provides most of the thrills that more powerful rivals can offer, it is utterly painless to use as everyday transport for a family.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4.5 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

3 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 It's a all rounder. You can have your GTI experience or just pop to the shops. A very easy car to live with.  

4 out of 5

Jon McManus ,   21 Oct 2014    ... read more

 Just about everything it's fast comfortable reasonable running costs.  

5 out of 5

John Jones ,   21 May 2014    ... read more

 It is all the car you will ever need. Ideal for the family, great to drive and top drawer image.  

5 out of 5

Gary Hunter ,   23 Jan 2012    ... read more

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