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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Volkswagen Golf Hatchback review.

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 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.

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.

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.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £30 - £325
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Insurance group 6 - 32
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