2005 Volkswagen Golf S 5dr 1.4i from UK and Ireland
Competent, but badly underpowered
The rear windscreen washer and nearside front windscreen washer stopped working.
Metallic rattle from engine at low speeds.
I bought the car from a main dealer in Glasgow, it was in the VW approved used scheme however had previously been an Enterprise hire car.
Came with 6200 miles on the clock for £10300 which was a fair price I felt. Sadly the salesman failed to mention the car had two previous owners, Enterprise followed by VW UK who bought the cars back to sell on through the approved used scheme.
Also the service book went missing and the main dealer tried to hide this by putting in the service book from a 2003 Golf. Apparently this is common on these ex Enterprise cars. They are easy to spot as the registrations start AJ or AK.
Good equipment levels with aircon, remote central locking, electric front windows, CD player, ESP and ABS all as standard.
A pleasant enough car to drive, brakes and steering are quite acceptable. What is not acceptable is the complete lack of power on A roads and motorways from the 1400cc engine. I have driven a 1.6FSI Golf on an 05 plate and it's a million times better.
I am also a touch disappointed with the build quality of the car which was nowhere near as good as expected (trim was loose on ceiling of car near courtesy light controls)
I found the floor mounted accelerator pedal to be a nuisance, as it limits floor space and is difficult to smoothly control.
Fuel economy was fair for the size of car, averaging 40mpg mixed, 32 in town, 46 on long trips.
I would agree with comments elsewhere that this car is soul-less. It is, in my opinion, utterly devoid of character in any way, shape or form.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st July, 2006
22nd Jul 2006, 10:31
You mention the cars faults - i. e underpowered etc, and soulless... why did you buy it?! Could this not be found from the test drive?
28th Jul 2006, 13:51
To be fair, I never noticed just how underpowered it was until I had it for a couple of months, and started using it more on the motorway.
As for soul-less, you can't just decide that on a test drive. It comes with time with living with a car.
28th Aug 2006, 18:13
I agree that you can't really tell what a car is like from a test drive of only a few miles. It's a world away from 'living' with the car and driving it in real world conditions over a few thousand miles.
9th Sep 2006, 18:16
I recently hired a 1.6 '06 Golf from Eurocar (U.K), it has a lot of electrical kit, ESP Decent stereo etc. Seats are firm, but supportive and comfortable for long journeys. Its quick enough, but not enough torque, and not as efficient as I would have thought. It is quite good to look at, and quite prestigious, but a very average drive, not much steering feel, nothing special, although to be fair, it does handle O.K.
I have driven a 3 year old Focus, and preferred that. I wouldn't spend 13k on a new Golf, for sure. Could get a 2 year old 3 / 5 series BMW for that money, probably a better drive, though I haven't tried one.
14th Nov 2006, 00:47
Most of the "faults" he mentions are basic traits of the car, rather than faults, and having two previous owners is no big deal.
14th Aug 2009, 14:50
Very bland car indeed. Boring and just another run-of-the-mill quality type of car.