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Our fleet: Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI GT 140 DSG - March 2014 (2)

BIK List Price
Volkswagen Golf BIK list price
BIK Percentage
Volkswagen Golf BIK Percent
Volkswagen Golf CO2
Combined MPG
Volkswagen Golf MPG


Volkswagen was one of the first manufacturers to spot the market potential for a low capacity high output petrol engine when it launched the 1.4-litre TSI in the Mk5 Golf in 2007.

It’s a measure of how far the manufacturer has come in such a short space of time that seven years later Fleet News is running the latest incarnation of this engine as a long-term test vehicle, extolling the very real benefits for fleets of removing the blinkers when it comes to petrol.

The original model offered 138bhp and a sub nine second 0-62mpg time – matching our current car’s figures. The big difference is in efficiency: 39mpg and 169g/km versus 60.1mpg and 110g/km.

Interestingly, the Mk5 Golf’s £19,000 P11D price saw company car drivers in the 20% tax bracket paying £761 benefit-in-kind; the newest model, despite a much higher £24,810 P11D, costs them just £744, at least in the 2014/15 tax year (come 2018/19, that will rise by £32 per month to £1,141 due to the tightening tax bands).

Our Mk7 model also features a much greater level of safety equipment, with electronic stability programme and differential lock offering improved traction and handling, plus automatic distance control (radar-controlled distance monitoring, city emergency braking), driver alert system and pre-crash protection.

It also has, as options, the £150 park assist for parallel or bay parking and an upgraded £1,165 navigation and digital radio system with voice activation and a whopping eight-inch colour screen.

Even without taking into consideration the inflationary impact on the price difference, this is substantially more car for the money.

  • Volkswagen has responded to our last report which mentioned the tendency for the Golf to switch languages between English and German on alternate journeys - see here). Apparently it’s an early software issue. Anyone similarly affected simply needs to take the car to their local retailer to have the software updated.

Stephen Briers

Top Speed
Volkswagen Golf Top Speed
VED band
Volkswagen Golf Ved
Fuel Type
Volkswagen Golf Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £9,650
4 Year 80k : £7,650
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 39.77
4 Year 80k : 35.91

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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