Used Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (2004 - 2008) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 12 Sep 2014
4
With an excellent drive, roomy interior and a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, the Volkswagen Golf is one of the best hatchbacks around. It's improved in every area over the car it replaced - it can carry four adults in comfort, is enjoyable and comfortable on the road and has most of the equipment you'll ever need.
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (04-08)
Great engines, well finished and spacious interior, comfortable, good to drive
Expensive compared to similar hatchbacks, noisy diesels

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£11,845 - £21,640

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£313 - £5,376

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

With an excellent drive, roomy interior and a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, the Volkswagen Golf is one of the best hatchbacks around. It's improved in every area over the car it replaced - it can carry four adults in comfort, is enjoyable and comfortable on the road and has most of the equipment you'll ever need. There's also an excellent range of engines that mix performance and economy.

The best are the 1.4-litre TSI with 140bhp or 170bhp, or the excellent 2.0-litre TDI diesel, but all of them are more than up to the job. There's also an eco-friendly model - badged Bluemotion - which offers low emissions and superb economy. Hot hatch fans are well catered for too with the 200bhp Golf GTI and 240bhp R32, both of which are covered in separate reviews.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 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

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Good space in front, rear and boot. boot hooks. arm rest.  

4 out of 5

Ryan May ,   29 May 2016    ... read more

 The size of the car is great. My mother moved house packed the golf to its roof and we got loads moved. Also, its roomy in the back as I have went on a lads weekend away with 4 others and myself and a...  

4 out of 5

Thomas Armour ,   20 May 2016    ... read more

 Fits 4 6+ footers with no issues, calming experience to drive, good sized boot, driver ergonomics.  

4 out of 5

Anonymous ,   10 Jul 2015    ... read more

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