What is it with the journo's and the Golf ?
A colleague at work has just handed back his 3 year old company Golf. Whilst waiting for his new one to arrive they gave him a 2 year old Octavia pool car.
Within 2 days of having the Octavia he has cancelled the Golf as, in his words, "I can't believe how much better the Octavia is over the Golf, better put together, quieter and more pleasant to drive".
He's gone one better and ordered a Superb instead.
I have to agree, in my opinion, the Golf is a real train spotters car. Bit Wallace from Wallace and Grommit. It's where you'd find accountants if BMW didn't exist!
Why the Octavia should be better though, I don't know as its built by the same group.
That said, I had a Tiguan for a few weeks, and blandness apart, I have to admit it was superb build quality. Everything just worked and not a single squeak or rattle anywhere.
VW could crush all comers if they just got a bit more adventurous with design and could carry the build quality of the top cars throughout their range.
Obviously everybody here has driven a golf or been in one - they are solid yes, reliable ish, good engines, but overall bland and boring. There's nothing interesting at all. Hence we've all seen beyond the journalist reviews and bought the better car.
The Golf's reliability is over rated in my opinion judging on the people I know / have heard of, it seems the weaker car in their range, and they're as bland as bland can be. I'm just surprised they do colours other than beige!
Only thing missing in my opinion is a beige tank top to fit over your car to keep it warm at night!