What is the VW Golf 7 like in terms of reliability?

What is the VV Golf 7 like in terms of reliability? What is the VV Golf 7 like in terms of reliability?

All of us who made the first car steps from the end of the last, and even the beginning of this century, have been taught to think that buying a Volkswagen Golf compact is what our people say is "safe", ie that it is a good investment. But is that really the case? Colleagues from the editorial board of the French newspaper automobile-magazine.fr wrote about this, on the example of the seventh-generation Wolfsburg hatch.

In principle, buyers of vehicles like the Golf, whether new or used, are looking for a practical and reliable car. When we talk about the seventh generation of this model, it can be said that it is a vehicle with a good finish, comfortable, practical in everyday use, pleasant to drive…

The Volkswagen Golf VII started coming off the production lines in 2012, with sales starting in November and surviving in the assembly cycle until 2020, ie it was sold until February of that year. It came with three and five doors, as a hatch and as a caravan, while it went through restyling in the penultimate month of 2016. Its dimensions were as follows (length, width and height in meters): 4.26; 1.80 and 1.45, but when it came to the caravan, then the measures were lined up in that order, as follows: 4.56; 1.80 and 1.48. The volume of the trunk of the hatch is 380 liters, while that of the caravan is 605 liters. Let's also say that the volume of the fuel tank was 50 liters.

It has been sold all over the world and it can be said that many owners are generally satisfied with the performance of the vehicle. Even after the first kilometers covered in it, prosperity in relation to its predecessor is noticeable.

It is more sensitive and agile than its "six", enchants with driving pleasure and comfort and it is impossible to say that the trunk is one of the most spacious in this category of cars. However, modifications with a unit less than 120 horsepower do not offer a rear axle with a multilink, but with a torsion axle. The offer of engines was almost completely renewed at the beginning of 2018.

Special praise from customers and professional media was given to Volkswagen's decision to make the basic equipment package rich, so the already basic Golf in the Trendline package offered ABS / ESP, seven airbags, air conditioning, speed limit, cruise control, radio CD, electric mirrors and windows, steering wheel adjustable in both depth and height, split rear bench and central locking…

However, when it comes to perishability, Golf failed to impress in real life. Although the score is not catastrophic, it is not brilliant. The German hatch took only the ninth place on the ranking list prepared by colleagues from the mentioned French portal, which in itself would not be so bad, if only fourteen analyzed models were not on the list.

Regardless of whether the choice of petrol or diesel model, in terms of mechanical components, a large number of anomalies have been registered. Many models, for example, need to monitor oil consumption. Among other elements to pay attention to, the Golf 7 also often had cases of premature shock absorber wear. Finally, many faults in the electrical system were noticed, which affected the GPS or driving aids.

Here is a list of the most frequently registered mechanical problems with the engines that powered the "week"

1.2 & 1.4 TSI: excessive oil consumption with modern oil pump failures

1.4 TSI ACT (150): incorrect operation of the cylinder deactivation system, coolant consumption, high pressure pump in version 1.4 of TSI 125 proved to be unreliable

1.6 TDI: Excessively gentle turbocharger

Diesel: electronic control system of the powertrain embodied through the inability to start the engine, engine jerk, unreasonable transition to the mode of limited performance, problematic water pump.

2.0 TDI 150 & 1.5 TSI 150: excessive oil consumption.

Other "jokes"

Air conditioning: cooking and noisy operation with occasional failure of the entire system.

DSG 7 automatic transmission: improper and annoying operation that is somewhat regulated by premature oil change in the transmission

Shock absorbers: the rear ones are too lateral while all four wear out too quickly

Electronics: a lot of gremlins, especially with radios and GPS, there is also a handbrake lock

Door seals: not made well enough to cause whistling at speeds higher than "one hundred per hour"

Front axle: strong blocks and shock absorber cups were able to annoy the owners