Mk V Golf GTI – talk me out of it please…
Yep, 2 litre twin spark. It’s a lovely engine, as was the 2.5 litre V6 in the Alfa 156 I replaced with the 147!
I like the idea of a civillised hot hatch, but am a little concerned that the Golf has had some reported issues with engine longevity on 95 octane fuel and would be keen to hear about the running costs.Posted 5 years agoOwenPSubscriber
I had a Mk 6 GTI for a couple of years (09 reg). I had heard that the Mk5 had some questions over 95 fuel, but it never gave my one a problem, probably best to check it out on the VW forums though.
The Mk6 was supposedly more efficient than the Mk5, but with hot hatches and current petrol prices, thats all relative. A full tank would rarely register over ‘300 miles remaining’ on the trip computer, so not one for long commutes, unless cash really isnt a problem at all.
On the plus side, lovely car (i think the mk 5 and 6 are very very similar performance and interior wise) and the five door i had did a great job of being a toy and a ‘family car’ in one. There was a special edition MK 5 at the end of the run, (Edition 30?) that was a bit pepped up if you want more oomph without going to the R series.Posted 5 years agorichmtbSubscriber
Great cars, fun to drive and have a real quality feel inside too.
They are a bit thirsty though and definitely prefer 98RON fuel. The Mk6 is quite a bit more economical
Also consider the Leon FR which is mechanically almost identical but which IMHO has a sharper exterior but a cheaper interior. I also think the handling of the Leons is a touch livelierPosted 5 years agorkk01Member
I used to use 95 and 98 RON fuel. Better fuel economy on the 98 RON (especially BP or Shell) made it cheaper than supermarket 95 RON.
Lovely car, very capable, very polished and competent. My main problem was that, if yo’re having fun you’re in deeply illegal territory after 3rd gear…
We now have a 500, and that is more fun than the Golf ever was, but without going to silly speeds.Posted 5 years agorichmtbSubscriber
used to use 95 and 98 RON fuel. Better fuel economy on the 98 RON (especially BP or Shell) made it cheaper than supermarket 95 RON.
I’ve tried to convince myself that I’m getting better economy with 98RON fuel but I can’t say I ever managed to conclusively prove it. It is definitely more responsive though.
I can’t see any isses with running them long term on 95RON fuel. VW sold them in lots of markets where 98 RON fuel isn’t vey common (V-power in the States and Canada is 91 RON!)Posted 5 years agoholmesyMember
Sorrycannot talk you out of it. Have a 55 plate mk 5 GTI and I love it. As fast as I could see myself needing on the road, plenty of room, nice and comfortable inside. Handling flatters my mediocre skills, think you’d have to be a pretty bad driver to bin it. Buy it.Posted 5 years agoMarin_Maketh_The_ManSubscriber
I had a 55 reg one from new for 4 yrs, did 125,000 miles in it without too many issues (cat and turbo replaced early on under warranty, perfect after that).
Usually used boggo 95ron fuel, but did occasionally use Vpower or BP Ultimate, which although ~10% more expensive often gave 15% more miles out of a tank (never accurately tested, just using trip computer etc.
God I miss that car…Posted 5 years ago
and for anybody that says get the gtdi, I’ve now got an a3 with the 170d engine, and it’s far less enjoyable, and barely more cost effective, esp with the high cost of diesel……boxxer7Member
I have a mk6 edition 35 and Its the best car I have owned I sold my mini cooper S, which was a fantastic little hot hatch, it was brilliant on fuel and seriously fun to drive, but the GTI blows it away it’s very comfy to cruise in huge fun when you want to drive with a bit of spirit and big enough for the bike don’t keep your foot down though as you will loose your licence by the end of 3rd gear. Sod the fuel you only live once!Posted 5 years agodjgloverMember
Buy it. You will have a lot more fun in a petrol gti than in an oil burner.
On the fuel thing. You get more mid range power, very noticeable in my NA 3 litre, with higher RON. personally I buy tesco momentum as its 99RON and its only 4/5p more a litre. Seems to give higher mpg. I managed 40mpg on a run with 99 and only 36 with 95, but could have been other factors at work like wind hills etc etc…Posted 5 years agooxnopMember
The Mrs had a MK5 Gti until it was stolen 🙁 and now has a GT TDI 170.
Anyone that says the GT is as fast as the GTI has clearly not driven both, the GTI is very quick but also handles fantastically (GTI beat a Imprezza WRX around fifth test track). Our GT has bags of torque but the power doesn’t deliver effectively to keep pace on twisty country lanes, which reduces the enjoyment factor.
Ours had DSG and can easily say it the car I miss the most out of all the cars I’ve owned, DSG is fantastic.
As mentioned above the only downside is the fuel economy I averaged 28MPG over the time I owned itPosted 5 years ago
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