Volkswagen Golf long-term test review: 'a comfortable place to be'

Volkswagen Golf long-term test review: 'a comfortable place to be'

A colleague appreciates the Golf and a comfortable six-hour drive to the village of Tiddlywink

“It’s just a brilliant all-rounder” was the enthusiastic verdict of a colleague who borrowed the Volkswagen Golf for a week.

He also said: “I did a bit of motorway driving and thought the engine might not be up to it, but it proved gutsy enough, and the gearbox is nice and slick, too. It’s also comfortable enough for commuting through London. The infotainment system is easy to work and I had no problem connecting a phone to it or swapping the audio feed from the radio to streaming via Bluetooth.”

Having clocked up another few thousand miles in the past month, I heartily agree. One evening, my normal 90min commute took twice as long in heavy traffic and although this particular trip was a painfully slow and frustrating crawl along roads, the Golf was a comfortable place to be.

Aquaplaning on a flooded motorway was another adventure, one that the Golf took more in its stride than I did. I was able to keep the steering wheel straight and coast through the giant pools of flood water without incident, though.

Needless to say, I didn’t stop to take photos on either of these occasions, but I couldn’t resist taking a snap of the Golf in the picturesque Cotswold village of Tiddlywink en route to Gloucestershire recently. This was another six-hour driving day from my home in Kent and, thanks to the Golf, I wasn’t stiff or achy at the end of it.


Price £20,735 Price as tested £21,120 Economy 52.3mpg Faults None Expenses Oil £46.99, 18,000-mile service £204, tyre repair £20


The first service

Our Volkswagen Golf‘s schedule is set to ‘long life’ mode, and a warning indicator diligently popped up on the dashboard 300 miles before the first service was due at 18,000 miles.

Then the tyre pressure warning indicator pinged up on the instrument panel a couple of days before the service and the ECU light joined it as I drove to Volkswagen Twickenham, so I mentioned them both while dropping the car off.

Although the service seemed relatively pricey at just over £200 for an oil and filter change, it included an Express Visual Check, which gave me a written report on how much tread was left on the tyres and how worn the brake pads were. As someone with a busy life, I appreciated having these checks done for me.

My mentions of the warning lights were heeded, too. Although nothing other than a switch reset was needed for the ECU light, the tyre pressure warning was the result of a nail stuck in the rear right tyre. It was removed and the puncture repaired for free. 


Price £20,735 Price as tested £21,120 Economy 50.5mpg Faults None Expenses Oil £46.99, 18,000-mile service £204 

Read our previous reports here:

First report

An effective load lugger?

Practicality test

The school run

Source: Autocar Online

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