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Wish i bought a Toyota
I use my gti mk7 as a everyday car with modifications and iv been having issues not with my sport modifications but with simple yet expensive standard features such as corner light sensors and cruise control systems. The car just doesn't feel like a high end car after 1 yr. Feels like a old abused car although i take care of it and get it serviced. Wish i had bought a Toyota.
- Golf Mk.7 Hatchback GTI (2013-2017)
- Verified purchase
Great car but needs better QC
MK7 GTI owner, best hatchrocket ever driven, slick design and beautiful interior. However, continuously rattling keep bothers me so now I'm switch to a higher level brand than VW, the engine mount needed strengthen, it vibrates in an abnormal way under hard acceleration which is what this car designed for.
Repairs, Repairs and then more repairs
My Golf was fantastic to drive right up to 4years old and 100,000 kms THEN it all started. Radiator, Timing Chain, Horn, Brake Master Cylinder, Clutch Master Cylinder and the list goes on and on. Its just gone in for a new clutch today. Always serviced on time, driven by 40+ yo parent adult.
Complained to VW but they wont answer any questions (5+ emails over several months).
Very nice car
Commuter vehicle 12000k per year. Very comfortable. Surprisingly good acceleration. Nippy.
Big inside, the back is excellent for the size. Economical. Lots of headroom. Big boot
Reliable, not like the Mark6 118 I had before that was dreadful. So bad I got an I30, very happy to return to VW though I did pay for an extended warranty.
PROBLEMS - not too bad.
Feeble reversing lights, they are the tiny frosted strips in the cluster. Therefore the reversing camera is hopeless at night, when it might be useful.
Has some stupid software with the camera interfering with normal use.
Jumpy from start with the stop/start function.
- Golf Mk.7 Hatchback 92TSI (2015-2017)
- Verified purchase
Not the most reliable car
This car has been disappointing - within the first 6 months of purchase the DSG gearbox decided to make some weird noises like a squealing noise - complained to the service department and a fault was lodge only to find that the clutch packs were damaged and required replacement. The replacement took 2 days thank goodness I was provided a loan vehicle.
Fast forward to 2 years - I would randomly drive and an error message would pop up on my dashboard which was so fast that I wasn't able to read it - took it in to get the error message scanned...- it picked up that my gear selector was faulty and throwing an electrical fault to the on board computer thinking that my car was in P whilst it was in motion. Had to get the entire unit replaced - thankfully under warranty otherwise it would have cost over $2K I would not recommend this car if you are planning to buy and keep the car for a long period of time such as over 6-10 years - if you are salary packaging or leasing it then why not - the car does drive well and comfortable - it has plenty of power and is very fuel efficient it is also a very refined car in it's category and feels very solid even at high speeds and in heavy wind and rain. You will also feel very secure to know that it is a very safe car and even safer if you bundle it with the safety pack. Overall - only purchase this car if you are willing to fork out money for repairs or if you are planning to lease it or have it for a short term. Not a good choice if you are looking for a long term durable vehicle.
absolutely loving this car
bought my golf in Aug 17 and absolutely loving it.
it feels sporty and powerful. Interior feels very quality and comfort.
so far I have had any issue with it other than car key battery life is bit short. within a year, I have both batteries replaced for both keys.
Start is just a little bit sluggish but I guess coz of turbo engine. it is not as quite as I expect on a bit of bumpy roads but on high way it breezes thru.
Great car - not perfect but I love it.
I really like this car. It feels sporty and has heaps of features that add to the comfort levels. I particularly like the heated leather seats, the steering wheel with lots of buttons that work the audio/entertainment/information system, the reversing camera and parking assistance system, as well as the overall look of the car. It is really economical.
One thing I don't like is how hesitant it feels when entering roundabouts or when I want to quickly turn across traffic. I assume the hesitation is a consequence of a fuel efficiency measure but...
Biggest mistake of my life.
After getting promoted, I celebrated by buying a new Golf R, I spared no expense and was bowled over by the many test drives I completed. Everything was going well until the first service, keep in mind I’m a trained mechanic and pilot, but had to use them for warranty reasons - for the next year it was in and out, new turbos, new parts, leaks, electronics that would freeze and stutter and then it flat out wouldn’t start. Fair to say they don’t like the Aussie heat much, even so, rubbish car for the price.
Great car, drives well and is good on fuel.
The performance of this car is amazing, for a 4 cylinder 1.4L turbo car it is very zippy, the only downside I have found performance wise is the car is a bit slow to respond when you put your foot on the accelerator. The interior of the car looks and feels streamline and has easily accessible features whilst driving. The value for money in regards to fuel is good, roughly 800km out of a tank on premium fuel.
good build but disappointing drive at low speed
The Golf is a bit overrated. It's build quality is good and strong acceleration in mid-range, but at low-speed, the DSG and turbo lag often caused delay of up to 1 second from the time I step on the gas to the time that the car started to speed up. When the power comes, it is a rough surge and a jerky ride. On many occasions, entering round-about was scary because of this delay. The auto-hold is also annoying because it holds not only up-hill, but in all situations when the car stops. It means that in heavy traffic, just releasing the brak...e won't edge the car forward, but I have to step on the gas and then a hard brake just to move the car forward a short distance. In the end, I decided not to use it at all. On the other hand, I really like the cornering light because it is really useful at night. I would have kept the car if not for the disappointing low-speed handling. Now I am trading it for another brand.
Love my golf
I own a 2015 golf. Purchased it brand new from the dealer and have never had a better car. Was my first time downsizing since the kids moved out and very happy to have such a reliable and quality small car. Much easier to get around than the big station wagon I used to own.
2015 tsi. Unacceptable turbo lag and bizarre reverse camera screen
Amazed at the glowing reviews for what it just another small car.
The positives: Golf continues to have great handling, fit and finish generally good and attractive looks. Apple CarPlay is awesome.
The not so positive : controls are not as intuitive as older models (had an early 2000's 2 litre Golf and control layout was obvious and easy to use). It's a personal thing but I can't stand the engine management system and hate that it operates by default. IE if you don't like it you have to turn it off every time you start the car. Def a city c...
Nice car but don’t get fooled
I own 2014 be golf 90 tsi.. bought it brand new from the dealer..Very nice car to drive, superb handling, cosy cabin, everything looks luxurious, big boot, nice touch screen, however, it has numerous issues: 1) turbo lag. Especially city driving 2) expensive to fix problems I terms of parts 3) expensive service annually around $400 minimum, 4) big issue with DSG..and if your has transmission filaure while your warranty is over then it would be really exp to fix.( mine had issue in transmission after 2 year..)Hence, I wouldn’t recommend especially any second hand purchase as well as brand new..hope this helps and I don’t work for any car companies..
2014 VW Golf is pretty good
Ive been happy so far with the 2014 VW golf. Petrol version. Drives powerfully, comfortable, quite cheap to run on long distances. No problems so far, but I am a bit concerned that repairs will be pricey when or if something goes wrong. I think I would go with Toyota or Mazda or Subaru next time.
Love my car
I really really enjoy my car and the driving experience I have. The performance is great, I get 850 kms to the tank when I drive around town/ on the highway. It is amazing. I dislike that I got the basic model in terms of the material as it does stain easily. I think its a great sized car and it is extremely reliable. All in all, great car!
Great car to drive
It's fast, looks very stylish, sounds great especially when driving through a tunnel. The fuel usage is definitely not bad at all. Very comfortable to sit in for long periods, having Android Auto/CarPlay is a god send in this day and age. It handles very well, takes corners without any issues. Only issues I have is the USB port in the dash is a bit awkward to plug things into and feels a tad loose. Also not a huge fan of the seat cover pattern.
Great stylish city car
The car is easy and pleasant to drive. Fuel efficiency is great. The European build is solid. I haven’t had any problems with my car since buying it new in 2013. The interior highline package looks high end and costs no extra with the 103TSI engine, unlike most other competitor models. Legroom and boot space are good too.
Feature Packed but Unreliable
Overall this car is a neat little package, packed full of features for the price. The cabin is low, wide and quiet which results in quality ride comfort and superior handling. The Golf boast of solid German build quality yet is lightweight and very fuel efficient. It's still roomy enough to have a comfortable back seat and a very generous boot. The interior is exceptionally stylish and the center console has some very useful features. Unfortunately with all the advanced technology on board, reliability has been a major let down. I have had a nu...mber of problems with the DSG gearbox, some fixed under warranty but very expensive to repair when they occurred out of warranty. In hindsight, I would have preferred a more basic and reliable ride. The fancy tech still needs the kinks to be straightened out.
Efficient, zippy and luxury
This car is really comfortable to drive, its quiet and steers really well. The seats and interiors have been really well thought out with clever features such as reverse and front sensors to assist with no accidental bumps, the locking system that also closes your windows. Its fuel efficient and has a zippy powerful kick in its drive.
- Golf Mk.7 Hatchback 92TSI (2015-2017)
- Verified purchase
Does what it says on the tin - a timeless car
Our first ever new car, we took advantage of a 1.0% finance deal from VW that meant it was actually cheaper for us in the long-run to buy a new car on finance rather than take out a loan to buy a second hand car a few years old. First thing you notice about the Golf is that the styling is conservative, but timeless - you see a Golf 10 or 20 years old and they look good for their age. Behind the wheel the car is surprisingly gutsy for it's specifications (1.4L Turbo), with the 6-speed manual box taking some time to get used to before coming into...its own. Firm but comfortable ride, with good brakes that I've had to slam on a couple of times to avoid errant motorists. Offerings from Kia or Hyundai may be better spec'ed, but the 92TSI still has enough bells and whistles to play with. Reversing camera, parking sensors and Apple CarPlay are the highlights - hard to imagine driving a car without these features now. All up a fantastic, smooth, reliable, car.
Questions & Answers
I purchased my Golf SE mk7 over 2 years ago. The infotainment system stopped working 29th June2020 my warranty ran out on 4th July, problem was I was in lock down in Spain due to Corona virus and could not get a ferry crossing until 15th July. I called Volswagon in Vera Spain and earliest appointment was 10th July. They did the second service, 18000 miles on clock and investigated infotainment system. Paid 93 euros for service and was given a quote for 1,985 euros to replace the broken system as it was over the warranty. I called the volkswagen dealer where I bought the car they said to take it to my local dealer in Shrewsbury which I did as it needed its first mot. They agreed it was broken and needed replacing. Even though it was impossible to get back before the warranty expired the would only give me 20% off the bill and I would have to pay £1600 to have it replaced. Do u think this is fair?
Hi I'm looking at purchasing a 2014 Highline TDI mk 7. It's immaculate inside and out, one owner, I can tell the car has been well loved and looked after. I've never had a euro car before, but am looking for something that is high tech, and economical. The golf seems to tick those boxes but I hear mixed reviews.. Can anyone shed some light on your experience with these cars?
I can only answer from my own experience of my Golf, purchased new in Sept 2015. It's done 107,000km and been serviced regularly (7 times). Has been a fantastic little car, fun to drive, economical yet nimble. That being said, much comes down to how it's looked after (clean oil, quality fuel, fresh air) all goes a long way to having the car serve a long, useful life - but my experience is a thumbs up and enjoy these cars!
Has anyone had a remote control car key die and found any alternative to paying the $620 VW want for a new one please? My car is a 2016 Golf TDI, auto Mark 7
Thank you, John.
Good luck John. In my experience, VW are not helpful and are very expensive. My golf does not have a remote key but you would think they would have a battery that could be replaced as other remote devices do. Maybe that’s just another way VW makes more money.
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