Volkswagen Golf such quality used buy with all-round appeal

The Volkswagen Golf has a reputation for being solid and dependable so is a popular used buy.

The Volkswagen Golf has a reputation for being solid and dependable so is a popular used buy. - Credit: VW

Solid, dependable and an industry benchmark, there's a lot to like about Volkswagen's Mark VI Golf which makes owning one a smart move.

Used Car: Volkswagen Golf (2009-12)

Engines – As the Golf has matured Volkswagen has done much to improve the engine line-up. The range boasts refined, powerful and efficient engines in petrol and diesel guise, with the latter especially popular with fleet customers.

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Exterior – It would be a foolish car-maker that meddled with a popular car, and Volkswagen isn't foolish. The Golf's familiar appearance is not an accident of design, and has done much to cultivate confidence in the minds of buyers.

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Interior – The overall ambience might be subdued but there's no denying that cabin quality is first rate. It's also a spacious car, ensuring that it can play the role of family taxi with ease if you're not an sport utility vehicle or people-carrier fan.

Driving – It's no surprise to learn that Volkswagen's conservative approach stretches to the Golf's on-road performance. Keen drivers should look elsewhere. A safe, predictable and refined approach is the order of the day here. And it's hard fault the polished engine range, either.

Ownership – Owning a Golf is a smart move. Solid and dependable, the compact VW will do all you ask of it and do it in a refined manner that belies its asking price. Easy to drive, the only servicing is likely to be of the annual, scheduled kind.

What to look for – Despite talk of the Golf's durable attributes, some will have been used and abused by city-based families and company car drivers. With that in mind, make sure the car's cabin is in good condition with no damage and the tailgate lip is free of scratches. On the outside parking dents and kerbed wheels need to be noted, while the test drive should be drama-free and the service history a detailed one.

Model history 2009 – Volkswagen introduces the Mark VI Golf, initially in three and five-door form. Available in numerous permutations from launch, although entry-level cars were sparsely equipped. Wide choice of excellent petrol and diesel engines to choose from. Estate and hot GTI released later.

Reasons to buy – Durable and refined, good choice of engines, easy to own and drive.

Reasons to beware – Not for keen drivers, look out for family-related cosmetic damage, entry-level cars sparsely equipped.

Pick of the range – Golf 1.4 TSI SE five-door.

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