Very good quality and build, but it's not very reliable and is not a city car
Mass airflow sensor dead - very expensive to repair.
Driver's side window fell into the door.
Can ground its sump on low/bad roads.
This car (VW Bora 2.0 GL) has a very attractive interior, especially the interior blue lighting. Mine is the Sport model with the tiny 'Shrek ears' side mirrors.
Fuel consumption is really bad, I do a lot of city driving and have observed about 15mpg. But on long trips it averages about 27mpg. The engine design is a 4-cylinder 1980cc with only 8 valves (why??), and the auto transmission is only a 4-speed.
Space in the back is quite tight, but up front it's very good. A lot of thoughtful touches, like the solid-feeling switchgear, and I especially love the infra-red windscreen sensors. Nice stereo too, with door-mounted tweeters.
Overall reliability is not very good - I wish I had done more thorough research before buying this particular model. But I'd still buy another VW because of the premium feel, just a more reliable model.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th August, 2010