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Golf IV: petrol or diesel?

Which one to choose?

13/04/2014 11:25 |  Comments: 
I want a Golf IV, but I can't decide if I should go for the 1.6 petrol or the 1.9 TDI. Please help!

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Dear Friendly Car Dealer,

I’ve decided to buy a car. I’d use it to drive about 650-600 km every 2 or 3 weeks, plus to drive to work as the cold weather sets in. I set my eyes on a VW Golf IV, as it looks like these cars won’t lose much of their value in the coming years. My question is which engine to choose? You hear all kinds of things from „the 1.4 and the 1.6 petrol engines eat up the oil” to „the PD and the TDI will cost a fortune to have repaired”. I intend to keep my future car in good condition and I plan on owning it for a bout 3-4 years. Which do you think would be the better choice, the 1.9 TDI (110 PS) or the 1.6 petrol?



Dear László,

If you plan on going on long drives, you should go for a TDI. I wouldn’t insist on the 110 PS, though. It may look better in the car’s papers, but the 90 PS one is more reliable. This, of course, doesn’t mean that the 110 PS is a constant source of danger; it is great, but the weaker version is less complicated, thus better. The TDI even performs better, it keeps up with the speed on the motorway and has a lower consumption.


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