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About our car Our car has just arrived and looks stunning in silver, the colour is optional metallic paint at an additional cost of £365.00 and a front centre arm rest at £120.00. The centre arm rest is really essential in our mind as it gives additional air vents to rear seat passengers and also provides a storage compartment lid and an ashtray lid Not that we smoke but it tidies the console massively. We have chosen the 140bhp tdi as it offers the best compromise of driveability, fuel consumption and practicality in our mind at least.
About Golf Mk 5 If you are using your own money to buy one it is a very safe bet. The Mk5 has very compliant handling and is extremely comfortable. It has addressed the shortfall of the MK 4 Golf by adding extra leg room for rear seat passengers. There are lots of cars competing in this segment but the Golf is king unless of course you want to pay more for a lower specified version of the same basic platform from Audi (A3). The A3 is also much harder riding and becomes jiggly over some surfaces especially with the larger optional alloy wheels. If you are buying diesel for performance with economy I would recommend the GT Sport 140tdi (our previous car had the same engine and delivered average 54mpg over a tank,approx 500 miles. However this will take a little time for the engine to loosen from new, approx 10,000 miles.)The 170tdi is rather quicker but is much less economical. Running costs over our two years of ownership for the last car were very low. We had covered 14,000 miles and the car was still not telling us it needed servicing(manual says up-to 20,000 miles or 2 years).
Sales And Service The retailer we use locally is excellent and really care about our custom. We had only one problem with the last car during its time with us which was corrosion of the alloy wheel centre caps. This was rectified with new ones free of charge under the manufacturers warranty which was nice. During the visit the car was given a free health check and the car was washed and leathered (standard practice from my experience with Volkswagen). We have lost very little in depreciation as we used Volkswagens finance package (for the third time) and found that we did not need to add money to the deal just continued paying the same monthly payments which suits us as we never like to tie savings up in a car.
Why the GT Sport? The new GT Sport has been upgraded from the GT, which was in turn updated from the GT TDI. The new car has the added benefits of tinted,heat insulated glass in the rear from the B Pillars and the smart new gloss black grille surround and darkened headlamps as are fitted to the GTI. The cars standard equipment is quite generous with 5 door cars having front and rear electric windows, remote central locking,climatic air conditioning,leather steering wheel , gear knob and handbrake covers A good array of air-bags and an eight speaker radio CD. (this can be upgraded to include I pod connectivity which is excellent.) The car sits on 17" alloy wheels as standard which can be factory ordered with 18" smoked alloys instead at a marginal additional cost, however they are not really necessary as the standard wheels look great. The new car has upgraded sports suspension to the previous GTTDI and although slightly firmer in ride it remains very compliant and handles extremely accurately with very little body roll. The other versions of the GT Sport are the 140 and 170 bhp TSI petrol versions that use a supercharged and turbocharged 1.4 engine with incredible results and the 170bhp tdi. The two 170 bhp models can be identified by the twin chrome tailpipe exposed on the passenger side rear, rather that the hidden twin pipes of the 140bhp models.
Conclusion So far the new car ownership bubble has not burst for me with excellent handover from my local retailer and a stunningly clean and shiny car to collect. I will keep updating the review as we get more miles on the car, however from previous experience I do not expect anything much to go wrong!! With just 250 miles now on the clock the car is currently delivering 47mpg with varied driving and a very tight new engine so I am pleased with this so far.
Update 26.04.08 We have now got 5000 miles on the car and as suspected not had any issues. The car is consistantly returning 50mpg plus. (Depending on the driver!!). We travelled approx 200 miles return last week with the average climbing to 55mpg with an average speed of 60mph.
Update 13.01.09 We have now covered some 18,000 miles in our car which have still been thus far trouble free. Average fuel consumption is at 50mpg even through this cold weather which I am very pleased with. Although the Golf MK6 is due to be launched officially later this week we are still finding the car to look very fresh sporty and sharp. As the miles have increased so too has the smoothness of the engine and the slickness of the gearbox. I enjoy driving it as much now as when we originally took delivery of it. You may have seen in my Inchcape Paint and body Shrewsbury review that we had some mindless idiot scratching the side of it while it was parked away from home overnight. The service received from our local retailer was excellent and the car looks fantastic. The guarantee remains intact as it was repaired within a Volkswagen group approved repairer so no worries there then either. 12 years anti corrosion and three years on the paint.
I am, hovever struggling to find fault with the car so money well spent I think.
The GT Sport has become an even better deal now as the car now has Vienna leather seats at no extra cost. There really is no good reason not buy buy one if you are looking for a car in this class.
We currently have a VW Touran but my husband is thinking of replacing it with an R32, think he is trying to recapture his youth!
Amazingwoo 04.03.2009 13:53
For my next car (when funds allow.....) I'm toying between the Fiat 500 as a fun car or the Golf as a more grown-up-but-still-fun car so your comments on how help VW are is helping to sway me. Liked the on-going updates too, clever idea!