The Golf is a very popular used car and holds its value well so don't expect too many bargains. But strong build quality and robust interiors mean that even after several thousand miles a Golf will still be in good condition. The standard 1.4-litre engine with 75bhp is best avoided unless you're just pottering around town. Instead go for a 1.6 FSI or a 1.4 TSI in Match trim.
Buyers like to see a fully-stamped service book and prefer SE or Match cars. The Golf is considered to be a cut-above hatches like the Focus and Astra and attracts a more aspirational buyer so options like sat nav and leather upholstery will make your car more marketable to them. The GT model, which looks like a GTI but is not as expensive to run, is also popular.