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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
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PROS

Strong residuals, reputation for quality, comfortable on the move, neat design

CONS

SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia do the same for less, not as good to drive as the Focus

Verdict

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.

What owners say about this car

Expected the car to live up to the Volkswagen image of solidity and reliability, Father had a mark one Polo... Read owner review

Powerful engine pulls well through the gears ,overtaking a breeze even in 6th gear , motorway a pleasure, A roads... Read owner review

Seats were very comfortable. Not a particualrly practical car, although managed to carry all of mine... Read owner review

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