VW Bora

Pros Good quality small family car. Very nice to drive, reliable, above average equipment and value for money. Second hand purchases are great bargains.

Cons Not a lot of space in the back seats. Not great lookers.

Volkswagen Bora

  • Overview

    The launch of the VW Bora was part of a move by VW to head further into up-market territory in the small medium sector. The success of the Mark 4 Golf, introduced in 1998 inspired several new cars including the Volkswagen Bora. Available from March 1999 - November 2005, and pitched somewhere between the Golf hot hatch and the Passat saloon, Bora received plenty of praise during its short lifespan for the nice drive it provides. For example, it was named most driver-friendly modern car by Auto Express magazine. Bora came with decent equipment levels and a wide range of engines and it still provides a relatively stylish option in the small family saloon market while offering decent performance and economy into the bargain. It has also been described as a Golf with a boot, referring to generous storage space compared to most small/medium VWs. There was a fairly wide range of engines. Smaller engines are generally fine for urban driving while the 2.0 and above offer decent power for longer trips. 2.0 and TDi were also offered with Sports versions, including 16in alloys, front fog lights, sports upholstery and sports seats as in the Golf GTi. The Bora did not achieve high sales though, especially in the UK, where it was perceived as a little dull the name Bore..ra - probably didnt help. It was replaced by the revival of the Jetta brand, launched in the UK 2006. Boras are decent cars though and are generally available as super bargains second hand. The 170bhp V5 model are the hardest to find as are the 4Motion models, the latter offering the highest performance of 60mph in 7.4 secs and a max 146mph.

  • 2004 Bora Highline Good Buy

    Following the success of the Passat Highline, the new Bora model based on the SE, offered a range of decent extras for little additional cost.

    16in Montreal II alloy wheels

    Full leather upholstery

    Heated front sports seats

    Parking sensors.
    Air conditioning

    Four airbags

    ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme)


    Front and rear electric windows

    Electrically heated

    Adjustable door mirrors

    Multifunction steering wheel with cruise control

    Auto-dimming rear view mirror

    Rain-sensor wipers

    Remote central locking with alarm.

  • VW Bora Three Of The Best

    4Dr Saloon 2.0 Highline (05) Manual

    • 113.0 hp
    • 121 mph max speed
    • 34.9 mpg Combined Economy
    • 0-60mph - 11.0s
    • Insurance Group 8

    4Dr Saloon 2.3 V5 170 bhp Tiptronic (05) Automatic

    • 168.0 hp
    • 137 mph max speed
    • 28.8 mpg Combined Economy
    • 0-60mph - 9.2s
    • Insurance Group 16

    4Dr Saloon 2.8 V6 4Motion (00B) Manual

    • 204.0 hp
    • 146mph max speed
    • 26.2 mpg Combined Economy
    • 0-60mph - 7.4s
    • Insurance Group

    VW Bora 1999-2005 Standard Specification

    • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)
    • Air conditioning, manual
    • Aluminium insert in centre console, ashtray lid and interior door handles
    • Body-coloured bumpers with black bump strips
    • Heated rear window
    • Electric windows, front and rear
    • Electric headlight height adjustment
    • Central locking with security protection
    • Dust and pollen filter
      Door side impact protection
    • Electrically heated and adjustable door mirrors
    • Drivers and front passengers airbags
    • Full size steel spare wheel
    • Drivers seat height adjustment
    • Fully galvanised body
      Full size wheel trims
    • Heat insulating tinted glass
    • 6J x 15 steel wheels with 195/65 R15 tyres
    • Front and rear head restraints
    • ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) - includes EDL (Electronic Differential Lock) and ASR (Traction Control)
    • Front seat belt tensioners
    • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
    • Front seat side impact airbags
    • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
    • High level 3rd brake light
    • Illuminated sun visor mirrors
    • Interior light delay
    • Power-assisted steering
    • Lockable rear seat backrest
    • Isofix child seat preparation
    • Rear outer three-point seat belts
    • Rear centre static lap seat belt
    • Radio/cassette "Beta" with RDS, 4 front speakers and roof aerial
    • Split folding rear seat backrest
    • Three-spoke steering wheel