2009 Volkswagen Golf TDI S 90 1.6 90 bhp turbo diesel
Still the best small hatchback money can buy!
Occasionally a warning light comes on, but the light relates to something not fitted to this specification vehicle! After restarting, the light goes out again. So far, this is not a problem.
Wife's car. Owned for 2.5 years.
Base spec 90 BHP 1.6 diesel. Performance is adequate and the car can be hustled along nicely if needs be. Acceleration is adequate for normal everyday use, and it can overtake happily.
The 1.6 TDI is rough below 1500 RPM, and you need to make use of the gearbox to get the best out of it. A 5 speed box is fitted, but top is very high, and a 6 speed box would be an improvement.
The seats are comfortable and the dials are clear.
Control layout is very logical and easy to use.
Chunky gear change, but the brakes are a bit too light for my tastes.
Poverty spec 'S' model misses out on electric rear windows.
Also VW penny pinching means that it has no speakers in the rear doors. This means that radio has to be uncomfortably loud for front occupants for rear passengers to hear spoken words clearly. This is one of my main criticisms of the car.
Fuel economy is excellent, never dropping below 50 MPG, and with 65 MPG on a long motorway trip 4 up plus luggage at 70mph. A light right foot means that 60 MPG is readily achievable on any decent journey, and even my wife averages in the mid-50s MPG.
Next time, would go for a higher specification.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st January, 2013