Used Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (1997 - 2004) Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 23 Sep 2014
4
The fourth generation Golf delivers luxury, quality and refinement in a very safe package. Rivals may look or drive better, but none offer the Golf's superb cabin and solid but understated image.
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (97-04)
Strong residuals, reputation for quality, comfortable on the move, neat design
SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia do the same for less, not as good to drive as the Focus

New price range:

£10,768 - £23,068

Used price range:

£283 - £3,627

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The fourth generation Golf delivers luxury, quality and refinement in a very safe package. Rivals may look or drive better, but none offer the Golf's superb cabin and solid but understated image. It costs more than most small family cars, but depreciation is slow and running costs are reasonable. Fuel economy is fine on petrol-engined cars, but the diesel cars are excellent, especially the PD high pressure injection engines.

These give enjoyable brisk performance combined with 50mpg.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

3 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

3 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying used

3.5 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Seats were very comfortable. Not a particualrly practical car, although managed to carry all of mine and a friends uni equipment, clothes, set of shelves, everything in one trip. So in that respect...  

5 out of 5

Thomas Deamer ,   24 Nov 2015    ... read more

 MPG is unreal.so easy to drive,comfortable.and best of all totally reliable.  

5 out of 5

Stuart Brown ,   19 Nov 2015    ... read more

 5 doors, size of the boot, how wide the doors open (almost 90 degrees) economical.  

5 out of 5

Hasan Riaz ,   12 May 2015    ... read more

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