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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 27 - 56 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Good on petrol but insurance can be pricey. Servicing is expensive at main dealers as are spares. Reliability hasn't been perfect either. Strong resale values make a big difference though.

Golf performs well on the eco front. With an average of 172 g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are quite low for a small family estate. However, it's worth noting that the line up has a high number of diesel models, bringing the average down and giving buyers more choices of low-emission versions. Diesels typically produce less CO2 than petrol engines with similar power outputs.

Eco-conscious buyers should consider the 1.9-litre diesel, which is one of the greenest models in the range. The range is also fairly economical, averaging 42 mpg.

Not as good as previous Golfs. Plenty of minor problems reported that upset owners who thought that everything in life should be as reliable as a Volkswagen. 1.8T engine had well-publicised ignition problems. Also problems with door locks and windows.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £165 - £330
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Insurance group 9 - 29
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