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Which diesel Volkswagen Golf to go for?

Volkswagen Golf Mk7: 1.6 or 2.0 diesel? Have you reviewed the Mk7 1.6 diesel Golf? What are your thoughts on a 2013 1.6 vs 2.0 diesel?

Peter Power (Cork)

Feb 2016 Filed under: diesel

Expert answer

Hi Peter,

The 2.0 TDI Golf is something of a canny buy - it's much punchier than the 1.6, yet comes with only a small penalty in motor tax and running costs, and in fact is good enough to undermine the case for buying the overtly sporting GTD.

That said, if you put the effort in, the 1.6 can be significantly more economical and, obviously, is cheaper to buy. In daily driving, unless you're really pushing hard, its performance is entirely adequate. You can read what our road test editor, Dave Humphreys, thought of the 1.6-litre BlueMotion model here.

As for the 2013 model, that was the MkVI Golf and it's still a fine car - reliable, comfy, spacious and nice to drive, but you will notice a palpable difference in quality and comfort between it and a MkVII.

Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Advisor

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