One of the best options you can get for a 2nd had car for sale is definitely the Volkswagen Golf. But before you dive into buying one, you should do your homework and find out which of the Golfs you should be buying. Should you get a 2010 model? Should you go for the GTI or Blue Motion?
Buying VW Golf used car for sale isn’t as easy as you imagine. There are so many things to consider and so many options to choose from. In this guide, we’ll help you look into your options and a couple of factors that should influence your decision.
So let’s start with this Volkswagen Golf Used Car for Sale Buyer’s Guide!
About the Volkswagen Golf
The Volkswagen Golf is one of the most popular family hatchbacks on the road and pound for pound this is the best family hatchback money can buy so it’s good in almost every area.
This hatchback is built with high road performance and quality with the newer models saying goodbye to the cheap interior materials to make way for a handsome, fun hatchback.
But the Golf comes in several variants. From conservative type to sporty look, here are the 4 models you might encounter at Inverness car sales yards:
- The Golf Plus (models from 2005-2009 only)
The Plus, which has subsequently been replaced by the Golf SV (Sport Van), is a slightly larger version of the regular Golf. Its awkward looks didn’t win many fans, but look past that, and you’ll find the Golf Plus is a more practical and spacious car. It’s not quite full MPV as it still only seats five, but at the same time it can easily fit into a regular car space and won’t be any more expensive to run.
- The Golf BlueMotion (models from 2006 onwards)
The BlueMotion Technology of the Golf model is Volkswagen’s most fuel efficient car. Initially introduced on the Polo, it first featured in the Golf range on the MK6 model. These are badged as BlueMotion and do help eke out better mileage in certain circumstances.
The most common engine is the 1.6-litre TDI, and providing this has been serviced according to the recommended schedule, should return decent consumption figures. These engines can take quite a while to bed in, so exceptionally low mileage examples should get better over time.
- The Golf Estate (models from 2015 onwards)
The Golf Estate wasn’t officially imported into Ireland for many years but was reintroduced by Volkswagen in 2015 with the Mk7 Golf. You can also still find the occasional Mk5 and Mk6 variants cropping up for sale, though these are often few and far between.
The pride of the Golf Estate is in its conservative styling and practical amounts of cargo capacity. Folding down the rear seats can provide you with 1,620 liters of boot space, which is every bit as much as some larger SUVs, yet at a more affordable price to buy and run.
The 105hp 1.6-litre diesel engine is what you’re most likely to find under the bonnet of a Mk7 Golf Estate, which gives enough pulling power for most scenarios and commands an annual motor tax cost of €190.
- The Golf GTI (models from 2005-2009 only)
As modern hot hatches go, the fifth generation Golf GTI was a revelation. It had everything; perfect styling, a choice of three- or five-door body styles, those incredible ‘Monza’ alloy wheels and was the first Golf GTI available with the DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Of all the recent GTIs, it is this MK5 model that represents the best value for money. Do look for service history when buying one, as this can potentially save you a lot of money in the long run.
The DSG gearbox, for example, has to be serviced as it has its own oil and filter. A sure sign that this hasn’t been done is slower shifts and jerky changes. Otherwise, this is one car that scores highly in the smiles per miles category.
Volkswagen Golf – General Features
Good Interior Design
The Volkswagen Golf’s design is one that doesn’t need more tricks to meet drivers’ needs. It has a fuss-free dashboard that favors class over colorful design, and the layout is a model of simplicity.
The quality of the materials and fittings is first class and the driving position is excellent. You get plenty of adjustment for drivers of all shapes and sizes and seats that proved comfortable after a long day in the saddle.
Another highlight is the touchscreen infotainment system. Wisely, it features buttons at the side of the screen that acts as menu shortcuts and is a doddle to operate because of it. And an information display between the rev counter and speedo gives an overview of various settings and driving information.
The Golf also offers a generous amount of cabin space. Even in the three-door model, four adults can sit in comfort. Families, on the other hand, will be pleased to find that the five-door version has fairly large back doors that give good access to child seats, plus all models come with two sets of Isofix seat mounting points.
Impressive Safety Equipment
Volkswagen threw in plenty of standard equipment with the seventh generation Golf, when it went on sale in January, 2013. The German car maker wanted to shift consumer perception that the Golf was a good car but had fewer creature comforts than a hermit’s home.
The entry-level S models featured a 5.8 inch color touch-screen, DAB digital radio and CD player with an iPod connection, Bluetooth smartphone connection, multifunction computer and manual air conditioning as standard. Remote central locking, electric front windows and an electronic parking brake were also included.
The BlueMotion have alloy wheels while the Match offered parking sensors, electric mirrors, automatic windscreen wipers, adaptive cruise control and an emergency braking system that senses an obstacle ahead of the car.
On the other hand, GT models came with larger alloy wheels, sports suspension, a body kit, sports seats, tinted glass and a navigation system. There are also GTD, GTI and R models, as well as the electrically powered e-GSafety: 5-star Euro NCAP rating
To achieve a maximum 5-star safety rating for its Golf, awarded by Euro NCAP, Volkswagen fitted it with systems that could tension seatbelts, close windows and the sunroof in advance of an impact, or apply the brakes in advance of, or after, an impact. GT models and above came with traffic sign recognition, to help drivers keep an eye on local speed limits, while every Golf came with electronic stability control and all manner of airbags for front and rear seat occupants.
There were a couple of desirable options across the range or on certain trim levels. The first was what VW called Lane Assist with Side Scan, which basically helps prevent a car wandering out of lane and checks for vehicles in a driver’s blind spot, an option on every trim level. And S and BlueMotion models could also be ordered with optional adaptive cruise control.
Excellent Driving Experience
The Golf is a smooth mover, able to cover long journeys with ease and leave the driver and passengers feeling relatively fresh after hours on the road.
The secret to this is the impressive level of refinement in the cabin and how well the suspension copes with Britain’s broken road surfaces. Even in the diesel models, noise levels are hushed and the way the Golf steers, rides and handles pretty much sets the benchmark for this type of car.
FOur Volkswagen Golf Buying Tips
1: Try to Buy 2012 or Later Models
If you’re going to buy a Golf fitted with Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter engine, it may be wise to shop for one made after 2012, since a fault with the timing chain pre-tensioner can cause sudden and unexpected failure. If this fault occurs, it effectively ruins the engine. Fortunately, the problem mostly occurs between 10,000 and 60,000 miles, so cars are already likely to have suffered the problem by now. If you want to buy a pre-2012 model, be sure the pre-tensioner has been replaced or that the issue has been addressed.
- Check the Fuel Economy
Many owners of these Golfs have reported fuel economy getting worse over time. With MPGs dipping down into the 25s on the highway, it could be frustrating. There is a fix, though. The problem seems to be that the engine is running rich, so having a technician reset the throttle control unit to factory setting can help the Golf get back into the 30s. A sooty tailpipe is a sign of such a problem so weigh your desire for efficiency against your desire not to visit a dealer.
- Check the Rear Window for Dripping
A weak pump in the wear window’s washer fluid system can mean that fluid leaks onto the back window. This isn’t a huge problem in the summer, but during the winter it can be dangerous. Many cars were fixed by VW, but if the seller hasn’t had the fix done, it could mean some money out of your pocket.
- Listen for a Rattle in Turbo Cars
This problem is a little more nebulous, but many owners have complained of a rattling coming from the exhaust system or the engine. The problem seems to be caused by the wastegate and doesn’t appear to have any associated issues, just a rattling sound that can be annoying. The result of this though, is that there is no official fix for the problem. Some owners have suggested fixes, but unless you’re willing to spend a lot of quality time with your mechanic chasing rattles, it may be worthwhile keeping an ear out for the rattle when you’re test driving the car.
Our Volkswagen Golf Recommendations
Best Model for Fuel Economy?
If you’d prefer to drive a petrol-powered Golf, the 1.2-litre TSI engine (105PS) can return up to 57.6mpg. Those after a diesel should browse the used 1.6-litre BlueMotion models, which are able to hit 88.3mpg with a manual gearbox, which is impressive.
Best Value for Money?
It’s a close call, but the 1.2-litre petrol Golf is the most affordable in the used Golf market. However, there’s precious little difference between this and the 1.6-litre diesel, so keep your options open and look for the example that gives you the most for your money.
Estimate Budget and What You Get
£5000-6000: 2013 Golf 1.2 TSI S five-door, 80,000 miles
This is where prices start for the earliest examples of the seventh-generation Golf. There are some 1.6-litre diesel models in this price range, too, but the mileage will be higher.
£7000-8000: 2014 Golf 1.6 TDI BlueMotion five-door, 40,000 miles
For £8000 the mileage of used Golf drops significantly. A three- or four-year old BlueMotion model would be an excellent addition for drivers after a frugal family car.
£11,000-12,000: 2015 Golf 2.0 TDI, 25,000 miles
You’ll be able to choose from a wide range of models for £12,000, such as a 2015 2-litre diesel or a 2016 1.4-litre petrol, and all will have low mileage.
For other options, you can check our used Volkswagen Golf listings at IT Car Sales.
When you are already decided with going for a used Volkswagen, look for a Golf that came later in the Mk6’s cycle, preferably with a manual, and be sure you’re buying a car that was cared for. Of course, that last piece of advice is always prudent, but in this case, it’s especially relevant as the difference between Mk6s that were taken care of and those that weren’t can be massive and expensive.
Buying from a dealer and getting a warranty is also advisable. IT Car Sales is a second hand car dealer and we have a full listing of highly maintained used cars that you’d definitely love for a first car or an alternate car.
First time to buy a used car? No problem. Our experts will give honest assessment of the cars to help you decide on which of our available units will best suit your needs and driving habits. Talk to us today for appointments at our yard.