Gearbox: VW has largely sorted its DSG ’field downside, however some early vehicles nonetheless have points. Ensure the gearbox adjustments easily and there’s no errant behaviour.
Engines: Petrol engine timing chains have been identified to snap, inflicting main engine injury. Having the automotive serviced on time mitigates this, so a full service historical past is essential.
Electrics: Faults with the sat-nav and leisure system have been reported, so test that each one the electrics work as they need to.
Oil consumption: GTIs can drink a variety of oil, so it’s essential to test the extent between providers. If it will get too low, it will probably injury the engine or timing chain.
Adaptive cruise: Automobiles with adaptive cruise management can undergo from issues with the system slamming on the brakes. It may be recalibrated, at a price.
Recollects: There are too many remembers to element in full, however they embody points with the airbags, seatbelt tensioners, gasoline leaks, entrance wheel bearing housings, fitment of incorrect entrance brake discs, head restraints, little one locks, rear hub carriers and seat backrests. Your VW seller will have the ability to inform in case your automotive is affected and if remedial work has been completed.
Reliability: Our sister magazine What Automotive?’s reliability knowledge says petrol Golfs are extra dependable than diesels. Petrols got a reliability ranking of 94.6% and diesels 89.4% – not horrible nor superb. Volkswagen as a model ranked twentieth out of 30 in the identical survey.
1.5 TSI Evo 130: Petrol Golfs are quieter and smoother than their diesel equivalents, and but simply as punchy on the highway. Our favorite among the many older vehicles is the 1.4 TSI 125, whereas on later post-facelift vehicles the 1.5 Evo 130 model will get our vote.