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4 out of 5 4.0
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (97-04) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £10,768 - £23,068
Used price £285 - £3,625
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
View pre-2017 economy specs
Road tax cost £150 - £330
Insurance group 9 - 36 How much is it to insure?


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

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback rivals

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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.

Volkswagen Golf Hatchback rivals

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