2002 Volkswagen Golf GLS 2.0L petrol from Australia and New Zealand
A safe, comfortable European vehicle
The glove box lock broke, and now the glove box doesn't close/lock.
General maintenance with Volkswagen is quite expensive, but that's what you get with European vehicles.
The central locking has the odd problem, but is infrequent.
The performance for the 2L Golf GLS is 85kW max. and reaches its revs quite quickly, even in the automatic model. The Golf wasn't generally manufactured for performance, but it still manages a fantastic output. It is a bit sluggish off-the-mark, due to it being an automatic. My last approximate 0-100km/h (6 or so months ago) was around 11 seconds.
The cabin is spectacular! Comfortable, quite roomy, the model I have has ESP and leather seats with seat warmers and headlight washers (what Volkswagen describe as the "winter package"), which contribute to the great ride comfort. The suspension is characterful, yet composed when it needs to be. Steering and handling is precise, and on the whole, the ride is safe and secure.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th January, 2011