VW Golf 6 and 7 in the used car and TÜV test: pros and cons

The VW Golf 7, which has just been replaced, has regained its old strength in the TÜV balance sheet after the crisis-hit predecessor duo 5/6. With a wide range of engines from 85 to 360 hp he remains the eternal all-rounder. The most important information for used car buyers from AUTO BILD TÜV report!

VW Golf (Generation 7) at a glance

Construction time: 2012 to 2019
Engines: 85 hp (1.0 TSI) to 360 hp (R360S)
Price: from 7000 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2012): Five stars

VW Golf 1.4 TGI

The Golf 7 was voted Car of the Year and World Car of the Year and received the Golden Steering Wheel.

That’s him: How good and mature the gulf 7 is shown by his successor of all people. While the Generation 8 presented in 2019 had to struggle with teething problems at the beginning, the glorious one presents itself sevens as a – largely – safe bank. The range of engines is wide, gas, diesel, petrol or electric drive – everything is possible.

VW Golf in the AUTO BILD used car market

Since 2012, the basis has been the 1.2-liter TSI, a petrol engine with at least 85 hp diesel is available as 1.6 or 2.0 TDI with 90 to 184 hp. Also a Stromer: The e-Golf has an output of 85 kW and, according to VW, can drive up to 210 kilometers purely electrically. The sporting superstructure form various Golf GTI and R. All have a start-stop system and a 5.5-inch touch display as standard. Even all wheel drive is available. Less known: versions up to 125 hp again have a rear torsion beam axle like the last one gulf 4only stronger models the more expensive multi-link axle.

The Golf 7 is good at that

Almost everything. His versatility has always been one of the secrets of his success golf. There are numerous model variants – whether sporty or eco, everything is offered. as plug-in hybrid, GTE called, it can drive up to 50 kilometers purely electrically with 102 electric and 150 petrol hp and thus has a total range of almost 1000 kilometers. It is available golf as a three- or five-door and as a station wagon. The convertible was discontinued in early 2016.

It doesn’t matter which version golf convinces with good seats and a comfortable chassis, even without the damper setting called DCC. It also offers enough space for four adults.

That causes trouble with the Golf 7

Here’s some good news: So far, defective timing chains have not been reported in the suggestion box. But the panoramic roofs get a lot of criticism, they let water in. There is an internal service action, in extreme cases the entire roof cassette has to be sawn out and glued in again.
The interior of the How To Cars endurance tester was also under water, here was a condensation pipe air conditioning misplaced – also not an isolated case. the Golf 1.4 TSI from the endurance test suffered one after 286,000 kilometers engine damage: Pistons of two cylinders broken! The DSG can also be annoying: jerky starting and slipping clutches. The latter are mostly operator errors because, for example, drivers stop the car on a hill by accelerating instead of using the brake.
An automatic converter can do that, a DSG cannot. Cracking multi-link rear axles also occur, the lenses of the xenon headlights fog up from the inside. Recalls: A plug in the fuel line could leak, the front wheel bearing housing could break, lighting failures could be overlooked by the control unit and airbags and belt tensioners could not be triggered due to insufficient propellant charges. And with the Alltrack, the rear wheel bearing housing can also break.

VW Golf (Generation 6) at a glance

Construction time: 2008 to 2012
Engines: 80 HP (1.4) up to 270 HP (Golf R)
Price: from 3500 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2009): Five stars

VW Golf VI

The Golf 6 is actually a revised version of its predecessor.

That’s him: The name shouldn’t hide it: The 6er is just a well made up one gulf 5 with all its strengths and weaknesses. Dimensions and chassis are the same, air conditioning is standard, the safety equipment is supplemented by a knee airbag. For the engines, all (cheat)diesel switched to the smoother-running common-rail injection process, and expanded the range of petrol engines to include economical TSI versions.

The Golf 6 does that well

Be comfortable and not unsportsmanlike. His chassis is considered the most successful of the compact class, even without adjustable shock absorbers, which are subject to a surcharge. Best Selling engine is the mild 1.4 with 80 hpthe 270 hp is completely different golf R to the point. However, it requires tough qualities, its chassis is extremely tight. In between there are a number of petrol, diesel and LPG drives.

VW Golf in the AUTO BILD used car market

as golf for all cases, the 1.4 TSI with 122 hp is recommended, preferably with the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. the diesel there are now cheap used ones, apart from driving bans they are still a tip.

That causes trouble with the Golf 6

Engine damage due to torn timing chains on the 1.2 and 1.4 TSI, worn seat covers, loose window shaft sealing strips, defective ignition locks and disorientation Navis. A recall in 2012 related to the boost pressure actuator of the 1.2 TSI, at the end of 2011 it was about cracks in the high-pressure lines of the 2.0 TDI and in 2009 about false alarms from the brakes and crumbling window regulators. The 1.6 TDI received new engine control units in rows, because they did not start in frost.

TÜV overall assessment for Golf 6 and 7

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The values ​​of the axle suspension are pleasingly solid. While number 7 is as good as no nakedness, the old one is ailing 6er a little more, but always remains well below average. In the springs/dampers chapter, the blunders 7s after five years with increased wear pattern, the 6 after nine years. The ratings for the steering, on the other hand, are fully in the green zone. Rust comes at gulf 7 not at all and with the predecessor below average.


The examiners register little shadow in the light. Dipped headlights, headlights, taillights – the brother duo hardly shows any weaknesses and performs significantly better than most of the other vehicles tested almost everywhere. Sometimes close, sometimes at a distance, recognizable by the different shades of green in the diagram. (More about the VW Golf: all generations, news and videos)


In the last few years, the 7 Series has been criticized for its weak brake components, the show goes on. Scratched and rusty panes are criticized by the inspectors at the first two HU dates more often than average. It’s a pity, after all, both models don’t show any weaknesses when it comes to the function of the parking brake and foot brake and even deliver absolute top results with spotless values ​​for brake lines and hoses.


In the environmental chapter proposes gulf 7 as part of the main inspection brave. When it comes to oil loss, it performs on average, unlike its predecessor, which after nine years spills significantly more often than the average of the vehicles tested. On the other hand, there is agreement on the engine management, where the values ​​​​of both series are significantly better than the average. The exhaust systems are also extremely solid. Even after eleven years, you can still rely on them.

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