Looking to buy a used Volkswagen Golf car? Used Car Expert has thousands of used Volkswagen cars for sale from used Volkswagen car dealers and private sellers across the UK.
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An absolute icon, the Golf defines prestige hatchbacks. But as evolution not revolution has been VW's approach, it now seems a little stuffy. Even though it is highly capable on every level.
The interior is very well built, airy and stylish. The steering is light and precise, as is the clutch and gear change. It is the swiss watch of cars.
The diesel cars are wildly overpriced. We'd strongly suggest taking the far more sensible petrol route. The 1.4 TFSi and TSi engines are very complex and as yet an unknown quantity in the reliability stakes. Go for the tried and tested 1.6 petrol.
You can make quite a saving if you go for a plain SE spec car on steel wheels. A sport will cost £400 more. You will get air-con though it might lack powered rear windows. Options are very expensive in the Golf, both new and secondhand.
Petrol savings are huge. You will pay £14,300 for a Sportline spec, nearly new 1.6 petrol or pay £4000 more for a 2.0 170 diesel with the same spec. Even at 53 MPG you will take forever to claw that money back.
Early indications are that diesel models of the Mk6 Golf should hang on to their value well. Petrol should lose it faster but the best time to buy either will be a 3 years when the first MOT is due.
Used Car Expert recommends that you try to buy after a big drop in depreciation and before the next one, so with the current Volkswagen Golf you would aim to buy a 3 year old and sell it before it is 5 years old.
Diesel Volkswagen Golf cars lose most over the first year (from new to 1 year old), so that is the best ‘nearly new’ buy in terms of car for money.
Diesel Volkswagen Golf cars lose least between years 1 and 3, so this is the best buy if you want to keep the car for a while.
Diesel Volkswagen Golf cars lose least between years 2 and 4, so that is the best buy on older cars.
For advice on what to pay, see below and for more detailed depreciation and mileage & spec adjusted prices & graphs visit our price guide.