Written on: 13/07/2004 by marmotte (3 reviews written)
Economical cross country and in towns at low revs
Poor fuel economy on Motorways at 80+
Not the best driving position
I have now had my Volkswagen Golf GTI TDi PD 150 Family Car for a year and covered 31,000 miles. I am very pleased with it. Good value for money, long service intervals and economical with fuel. I get around 55mpg with a mix of motorway, cross country and town driving. It is at it's best around decent A and B roads - with firm road holding in all weathers and little rolling around corners. Overtaking is a joy - the turbo cuts in at 2,000 rpm and pulls extremely well. I used to have a Honda CBR 1000 bike and feel much the same pull when I need to get past a hat wearing Grandad on busy single carriageway roads at rush hour!
VW always had a reputation for quality but I'm not convinced about this Golf - the heated rear window didn't work and there is a piece of soft interior trim cut off half way down the central pillar from new. There are quite a lot of rattles and squeaks which appear from time to time. The boot doesn't always shut cleanly. Generally though these are minor niggles.
The air con unit is very good and doesn't seem to harm fuel consumption unduly; the cd player/radio/cassette is fine but nothing to write home about - why aren't mp3 usb plug in players fitted?
Overall a pleasure to drive except for the difficulty for me to get totally comfortable - I have a long body and normal legs (weird I know) but this seems to mean that despite tilting, sliding and bending drivers seat I can't be the right distance from the pedals and the steering wheel at the same time. I drove the SEAT Leon before this and found it a much better position.
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