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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Running costs

3 out of 5 3.0

Fuel economy is pretty good, especially on the 1.4 TSI and diesel models while the Bluemotion models is peanuts to run. The on board computer informs you when your car needs to be serviced, so intervals can be varied, depending on usage. Servicing costs themselves tend to be high in the Volkswagen dealer network due to high labour rates, though the costs of parts can be quite reasonable.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,238 - £1,818 *
Diesel 131p £961 - £1,353 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Variable according to on board computer.
Warranty Three years/60,000 miles.
Road tax (12 months) £30 - £325
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 6 - 32
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Golf scores well on the eco front. With an average of 161g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are relatively low for a small family hatchback. Eco-conscious buyers and those looking to keep costs down should go for the Bluemotion model - thanks to emissions of just 119g/km it's cheap to tax while it will average 63mpg. It looks like a standard Golf and drives just as well - plus comes with features such as air conditioning and ESP as standard.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.9 TDI Diesel 119 g/km (Min) £30
2.0 FSI Petrol 206 g/km (Max) £325


4 out of 5 4.0

There were a handful of minor teething problems, which have been cleared up under warranty. Aside from that, this Golf is proving to be very reliable.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox No problems reported.
Other No problems reported.

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