Used car buying: Volkswagen Golf trim and equipment
Standard equipment, even on entry-level models, is generous, with all MkVs getting dust and pollen filters, remote central locking and heated mirrors, as well as comprehensive safety kit in the form of front, side and full-length curtain airbags, along with hydraulic brake assist and an ESP system with an electronic differential lock. No wonder, then, that it scored an impressive five stars in the EuroNCAP crash tests.
The S trim added standard air-conditioning, while the SE (later Match) has alloys, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, and body coloured bumpers and trim. The GTs got front fogs, dual zone climate control, bigger alloys and a firmer suspension.
GTIs will either have leather or the traditional tartan check interiors. Some owners complained that the MkV didn’t feel quite as well screwed together as past Golfs, and there have been reports of annoying rattles from the dash and switchgear on early examples.
It’s worth avoiding cars with scruffy cabins and frayed seat bolsters, as it’s never as easy as you think to make them look smart. Also, check that the air-conditioning is blowing cold air, because the compressors are a known weak spot and replacing one with the cost of specialist labour could cost the best part of £1000.
Corrosion shouldn’t be a huge issue, although some cars are showing signs of rust around the front and rear wheelarches, the tailgate lip, the sills, the rear chassis box areas and the front and rear roof seams, so it’s important to give these areas a thorough inspection.
Volkswagen Golf equipment summary
All models come with ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, ESP stability control, driver and front passenger front airbags, head airbags for front and rear passengers, Isofix child seat mounting points, an immobiliser and remote central locking, semi-automatic air conditioning, front electric windows, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, a CD player, height and reach adjustable steering column and driver's seat height adjustment.
Higher specification models get features such as climate control, rain sensors, automatic lights, cruise control and a multifunction computer. There's plenty of optional extras on offer too including larger alloy wheels, xenon lights, leather upholstery, iPod connectors and sat nav.
Volkswagen Golf R32 features and equipment
Every Golf R32 comes with:
- 4MOTION four-wheel-drive
- ABS with brake assist
- electronic stability programme
- five-three-point seatbelts
- five head restraints, driver and front passenger airbags
- front and rear curtain airbags
- side airbags
- Isofix child seat mountings
- remote central locking
- alarm and immobiliser
- blue brake callipers
- two-zone climate control
- air conditioned glovebox
- CD stereo
- automatic lights
- all-round electric windows
- electrically-heated and adjustable door mirrors
- multifunction computer
- auto-dimming rear mirror
- split/folding rear seats
- R32 instrument cluster with logo
- leather steering wheel
- aluminium gearknob and foot pedals
- 'Monte Carlo' cloth upholstery
- R32 styling pack (unique front and rear bumpers
- aluminium-look front grille and diffuser)
- xenon headlamps
- darkened rear light clusters
- rear spoiler, twin exhaust pipes
- 18-inch alloy wheels and sports suspension