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Our fleet: Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI GT 140 DSG - August 2014

Volkswagen
BIK List Price
£25,675
Volkswagen Golf BIK list price
BIK Percentage
16%
Volkswagen Golf BIK Percent
CO2
116g/km
Volkswagen Golf CO2
Combined MPG
56.5
Volkswagen Golf MPG

Review

Having spent a couple of months in the Golf I’ve come to appreciate some of the car’s finer details.

The door pockets, for example, are big enough to hold a 1.5-litre bottle of water upright.

And the pockets are flock-lined rather than just being plastic which means that there are no irritating rattles if things move around.

The options for the sat-nav pop up on the screen when you move you hand close to it and disappear seamlessly afterwards.

And it’s even possible to set your own driving mode - known as ‘individual’ - whereby you can make adjustments to the steering and accelerator pedal response.

I don’t like heavy steering but, equally, I don’t enjoy cornering in a car that has vague steering. With the Golf’s ‘individual’ mode I’ve found a happy medium.

There’s also a ‘comfortable’ mode for long journeys, as well as ‘sports’, ‘eco’ and ‘normal’.

But on the downside, I’ve found a few anomalies with the Golf.

On one 200-mile round trip I had a warning message that the tyre pressures were low.

But it turned out that only one tyre was very slightly below the right pressure.

On a separate journey, the sat-nav failed to re-route when I decided to deviate from its set route. Cancelling the journey and inputting it again didn’t correct it either. It was only when I stopped for fuel and turned the engine off and on that it fixed itself.

And the Golf doesn’t just like to speak to my editor in German, it switches randomly between languages for me too.

It looks like that visit to the local dealer is in order.

Sarah Tooze

Top Speed
132mph
Volkswagen Golf Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Volkswagen Golf Ved
Fuel Type
Petrol
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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