CAT’S INSIDE LINE: VOLKSWAGEN GOLF (2009-2013)

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VW_GolfVI_300pxCarrying on the Inside Line series, we move on from looking at the Hyundai i30, and turn our focus on the daddy of hatchbacks, the Volkswagen Golf. Now in its seventh generation the popular car has always been a firm favourite with high residual values. This month we are focusing on the Mark VI, which continued to carry the baton from the very successful Mark V.

The VW Golf is still considered the king of the hatchbacks, even though it has faced stiff competition from Ford and premium brands Audi and BMW.

Each generation of the Golf is seen as the vehicle to set the new standards for future hatchbacks, and as even the GTI and R models are often highly sought after.

The sixth gen VW Golf was launched in 2009 with a range of powerplants in various guises, including turbo and supercharged to choose from, which included 1.2-, 1.4- or 2.0-litre petrol engines and 1.6- or 2.0-litre diesel options. This variety of engine options has provided some additional challenges.

Next month we’ll be looking at the Renault Espace, so if you have expertise and insight to share, we would be delighted to hear from you. To get your advice included contact hemal.mistry@haymarket.com.

Click below to see technical contributions on the Volkswagen Golf from:

Autoelectro – looks at rotating electric issues with the Golf

– explaining why technicians need to be cautious when replacing rotating electrics on the Hyundai

Cambiare and VOSA – cover a number of issues across the Volkswagen Golf family

Comma – discusses the foibles of fluids and the importance of oil

Corteco – explaining the difficulties of replacing a sump plug

First Line – comments on solving clutch and suspension issues on the Golf

Gates – considerations regarding 2.0-litre pumpe duse TDI engine

IGA – cover a number of common faults with the Volkswagen

Manbat – tackling AGM batteries

Meyle – common issues on the sixth generation Golf solved

TecRMI – gives us an insight into a some of the technical problems on the Volkswagen

ZF – explains the foibles of changing its Servolectric steering rack on the Golf

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