VW GOLF TDI Mk 4

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I have been the more than satisfied owner of a Mk IV Golf for the past three years. The car was from my employer's fleet so was regularly serviced and well cared for. It's a 52 plate and was first registered in Jan 03. I have had Golfs before (a Mk 1 CL and a Mk 2 GTI) and the one thing that impresses when you get in and close the door is the sheer quality of the build. Doors go 'thunk', switches feel well made, the steering is precise, seats are firm but never tiring. This was my first diesel and when I started off I was pleasantly surprised by the kick of the turbo. You really can feel it push you in the back and it has no lag like turbos of old. This model has 130bhp and that is more than enough for most situations. The car feels much faster than my old 112bhp GTI petrol and certainly has more oomph than the Saab 900 2.3 that it replaced. Six gears are provided although the long legs of '6' are really only of use when cruising on an A or M road. Each 1000rpm gives 35mph! Given that, it pulls well from 1200rpm and you can even trundle along in a traffic queue using idle! Stereo is OK but I am tempted to upgrade amp/speakers.In dash 6CD changer very good. Road noise well supressed. Lights not too great - consider upgrade to gas discharge. Despite the 130bhp of the 1.9 engine I regularly get 55mpg, that's on a mixed run and 60+ on the motorway at legal speeds. Boot space is OK as is rear leg room. Would love a Jetta if we didn't have a dog! In summary the Golf has the best of all worlds - performance, economy and comfort.
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