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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

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 39 - 74 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.

Prices for the entry level 1.4 S model are competitive with alternatives, plus it's fairly well equipped, but you need to upgrade to an SE to get extras such as climate control and electric rear windows. All the engines are economical - even the 1.4 TSI with 160bhp, while insurance groups are in line with similar-sized cars. However, Volkswagen servicing and parts tend to be on the pricey side.

Overall Volkswagen Golf running costs are affordable particularly if you opt for the diesels, which will have better resale values.

The Volkswagen Golf emissions levels vary according to the engine but the German car maker has focused on engine efficiency and this certainly shows when it comes to fuel economy. The BlueMotion Technology (originally known as the BlueMotion) model emits just 107g/km of CO2 and can average 69mpg while the newer BlueMotion model (introduced in October 2009) emits just 99g/km of CO2 and averages an incredible 74mpg.

Historically, Volkswagen Golf reliability is quite superb and this new model should not be any different. The majority of the engines have been proven in either the previous Golf or other models and so will doubtless prove reliable.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £240
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Insurance group 7 - 30
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