Better than the Mk5
ESP failure warning, which caused the car to cut out whilst carrying out a turn in the road. A strange fault, and one that has not re-occurred since.
Rattle from drivers sunvisor, which is at odds with the solidity of the rest of the interior.
I was fortunate enough recently to have the opportunity to swap my 2008 Golf Mk5 Bluemotion Match 5 door company vehicle for a 4 month old Mk6 2.0 TDi GT 5 door.
Simply put, the Mk6 is better than the Mk5. VW have mainly succeeded in improving the all-round perceived quality, and have most definitely improved noise refinement. The new CR engine is so quiet compared to the old PD units, it's difficult to believe at times that there is a diesel under the bonnet. My old 1.9 PD was horrifically noisy by comparison. It definitely drives better than the Mk5, and overall feels more solid on the road.
One criticism I have of the way it drives is its inconsistent throttle response. Sometimes it feels extremely punchy, other times it can feel strained and strangely underpowered for what is a relatively powerful modern turbo diesel. I am sure this will improve with use.
Another criticism I have is that on closer inspection, the cost cutting that Volkswagen have undertaken to make the vehicle cheaper to produce is visible.
The rear C pillars are now plastic rather than soft touch items, and the boot plastic is now black, which shows against the roof lining.
Even more evident is the fact that the basic stereo retains the blue backlighting, which has been shunned from the dials. Frankly it does look pretty cheap, and I suppose it is pushing many private VW customers to go down the route of ticking the touchscreen hi-fi upgrade options (clever VW). Also I think it is a bit cheap not to provide dual zone climate on the GT.
Other than the ESP problem, that fortunately has not reared its ugly head again, it's been the ideal company vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th March, 2010