Volkswagen Golf long-term test review: final report

As many of the rival car manufacturers, Volkswagen has taken the small turbocharged petrol engine route to produce a more fuel-efficient, lower-emission alternative to diesel power. The result is the 1.0 TSI unit under the bonnet of my Golf.

On paper, the 999cc engine is 113bhp output looks weak, but his secret weapon is a turbocharger that helps it produce a peak of 148lb ft from just 2,000 rpm. You don’t need to be pretty heavy with the right foot and stays in each one of the gears more than what you could normally do, but it is possible to cut off past 60 mph in less than 10 seconds.

I was pleasantly surprised by the engine of the carrying capacity the Volkswagen fast along A roads and motorways at a decent pace. Equally, accelerating the small engine hard around the city was an attractive thrummy sound, so I found myself smiling as I cleared the Golf course of the surrounding area during my daily commute.

One might expect this type of driving take their toll on fuel economy, but the 1.0 TSI rarely dipped below 50mpg with fairly even mix of smooth crossing of the highway and the busy city driving. In comparison to my previous Bluemotion 1.6 diesel Golf, which is only about 2mpg less efficient.

The only concern I have with the engine that managed to drink almost five litres of oil during my time with her. This seems excessive for any new car, and added about 50 € for the costs of the operation.

Driving and the comfort of the seat, both exceeded my expectations, though. There are a few cars that I can think of that leave me with the sensation of eye pain, but otherwise surprisingly fresh after a day trip between London and Liverpool, and Nottingham; I made these days on the Golf course and felt no twinges or pain after.

Although the service seemed relatively expensive at just over £200 for an oil change and filter, included an Express Visual check, which provided me with a written report on how much tread remained on the tires and how worn the brake pads were. As someone with a busy life, I liked having these checks done for me.

My mention of the warning lights is pays attention to them, also. Although anything other than a reset switch, which is needed for the ECU light, the tire pressure warning was the result of a nail stuck in the right rear of the tires. Was removed and the puncture repaired free of charge.


Price £20,735 Price of the test from£21,120 Economy of 50.5 mpg Faults None Expenses Oil £46.99, 18,000 miles service £204

Read our previous reports here:

First report

An effective load lugger?

The practicality of the test

The school run