Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > Team-BHP Reviews > Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 7th June 2010, 03:47   #1
nirmalts's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Stuttgart, Germ
Posts: 252
Thanked: 6 Times
Default VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics

It wasn't an easy task buying a car here in Germany. Makes and models are too many to make any realistic decision analysis.

VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1097.jpg

Finally, I left my heart decide and it was a Volkswagen Golf VI 1.4 TSI Petrol.

VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1359.jpg

My requirements were mainly good power, interior space, looks, easy maintenance and decent FE. I wanted a hatch as my wife would be driving it too and she is never confident driving a sedan.

It was a long 3 months wait till my name appeared on the screen at Autostadt, the VW factory in Germany where I picked it up.

VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1142.jpg

Buying experience has been amazing. I bought the new car completely online. Of course test drive wasn't online I have my buying experience in a separate thread here http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...ml#post1879960.

Here are the basic configuration info and initial impressions:
  • 1.4 Litres Petrol TSI
  • Power: 122 PS/ 5000
  • Torque: 200Nm / 1500 - 4000
  • Tyre: 205/55 R16
  • Music System: RNS 510 with Navigation and DVD player
  • 5 Airbags (front) + 4 Airbags (back)
  • Rain sensor
  • Park Assist
  • Seat heating
  • Cruise control

VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1345.jpg
VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1346.jpg
VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1351.jpg
VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1367.jpg
VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1419.jpg
VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1426.jpg
VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1422.jpg


TSI is simply amazing. Downsizing has really worked for VW. The small 1.4L engine produces 122PS of power (the next higher one in the series produces 160PS with the same engine size). The power and torque are available whenever you need it. You don't notice any turbo lag on this petrol engine (due to the active super charger at lower RPMs).

I have been getting a FE of around 14Kmpl (city + highway) which I feel is pretty ok based on whats promised by VW.


Rock solid. Gets the feel that you are driving a sedan with the way it plants on the road.


VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1377.jpg
Smooth as butter. Took a while getting used to shifting to the 6th gear.

Comfort and space

VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1381.jpg

The interiors are really really spacious. A big plus for Golf here. The front seats are really comfortable. Both front seats have lumbar support with a lumbar support adjustment. It isn't really warm here yet. Hence couldn't really test the air conditioning. There are store spaces everywhere..in the dash, under the seats, on the doors.


VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1356.jpg
VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1383.jpg
VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1386.jpg

I bought a special edition model called "Team" which had couple of nice additions in series like Park assistant (which automatically parallel parks the car), 16'' alloys (a plain old design), seat heating, multifunction display, multifunction steering wheel etc.

Music system
VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1388.jpg

RNS 510 with 8 speakers sounds good for the ears and produces decent bass. The integrated navigation is really cool. Finds satellites as soon as you switch it on. The mobile phone integration with bluetooth worked out of the box (without the use of any costly adapters). The car uses it own GSM antenna and uses the SIM on the mobile in my pocket (using rSAP bluetooth protocol). The makes it possible to browse address book and read SMS directly on the screen.


VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1393.jpg
VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1394.jpg
VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1389.jpg
VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1392.jpg

You see it everywhere. Its miles ahead of Golf V w.r.t quality. The folks at VW have given attention to detail in all areas.

  • VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1407.jpg
  • I think the headlamps and foglamps of Polo (left) looks more stylish than the one on Golf (right).

    There is a little dead spider inside my headlamp. I saw it walking around inside the headlamp a day before and now it is lying dead inside

    VW Golf VI: Initial Impressions & Pics-img_1352.jpg
  • Engine is a bit noisy at cold start.
  • The door has two halting positions. You can keep the door only in these positions. The first position is too small and makes it tough to get in and out of the car. The second position makes the door too wide open and would mostly touch the door of your neighbour in parking spots.
  • It is not easy to close the boot lid by holding on the hooks. Mostly you have to place your hand on the boot lid from outside and press it down again.
  • Plastic looking alloys on special edition
nirmalts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th June 2010, 09:22   #2
2cents's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Location: India
Posts: 312
Thanked: 68 Times

Let me be the first one to officially express my envy.
Man!! I love this metal.
2cents is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th June 2010, 09:36   #3
crackingride's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: bangalore
Posts: 267
Thanked: 13 Times

Ah, the joys of living in a developed nation!
If I can sum it all up in one word~ CHOICE!
The likes of which we do not have here in India.
A few of us pay the price because the many will not pay for a decent hatch.
Congratulations! Das (auto) is sehr gut.
The Golf would have been my choice if it was available here in India, too. Since that isnt likely to happen, I pinned my hopes on a decently specced polo. And we are saddled with a cheap clone.
I can only envy the fact that you can choose between engines, and also spec. Love the fact that navigation and things work out of the box, and that auto parking is an option. I've seen some videos of that working on You Tube, and its phenomenal.
crackingride is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th June 2010, 09:54   #4
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 999
Thanked: 498 Times

Congrats Nirmal. Excellent Pictures ! But why you had to wait for 3 months for delivery? Do we see such long waiting periods even in developed markets.
poloman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th June 2010, 09:57   #5
quadmaniac's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 310
Thanked: 15 Times

The white Golf looks drool maal .. no two ways about it. And for such an engine I think 14kmpl is really good!

Also, that "TEAM" logo reminded me of the "TEAM in the TEAM BHP" sticker!
quadmaniac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th June 2010, 10:42   #6
rejoycjohn's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Bangalore / Calicut
Posts: 391
Thanked: 568 Times


Awesome man , be in Germany - own a german car - drive through autobahn - nothing can match that if you are an auto maniac!!! ..Cheers mate on the purchase

So how much did this Golf cost you ? Also the prices and specs for our own Polo ? In some of the videos that I have seen , except for the interior trim and some optional packs. Am I right here ?

14kmpl for such a well equipped vehicle sounds decent
Congrats again
rejoycjohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th June 2010, 10:46   #7
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 57
Thanked: 4 Times

Loved it! Congratulations!! I wish we had access to such cars in India.

I'm starting to like the VW designs even more now. I did like the Vento pictures that came out a few days ago. To my taste, I guess. But it's sad that we'll not be anywhere near the feature levels you get abroad.

Regarding polo vs. golf head lights & fog lamps, I agree with you if I look at them in isolation. But I guess the golf ones do fit the overall design better.

Enjoy your car!
sureshaddagalla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th June 2010, 10:51   #8
Senior - BHPian
sajo's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Pune
Posts: 2,399
Thanked: 534 Times

Excellent choice Nirmalts!

May I ask why not the diesel?

Your explanation of what "internet brokers" do was very informative..Thanks for that! No one can ignore a 28.5 % discount!
sajo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th June 2010, 10:56   #9
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 3,417
Thanked: 1,037 Times

Classy looking hatch but we may not see it in India ever because of our obsession with the third box.
extreme_torque is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th June 2010, 11:50   #10
Senior - BHPian
kutlee's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 1,106
Thanked: 125 Times
Infractions: 0/1 (5)

nice classy stuff there mate! i think the special edition should have been named 'team bhp' instead of just 'team'. Look at the interiors. Speaks of Europian solidarity. (actually German solid build quality!) Seats look rather nice too.
kutlee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th June 2010, 12:00   #11
Senior - BHPian
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: |
Posts: 4,644
Thanked: 3,103 Times

Congrats nirmalts on becoming the first team-bhpian to become an owner of this Euro bestseller.

The quality, design and engineering speaks for itself and that 1.4 twincharger is a dream to drive, isn't it?

Some more pics of the golf and polo, please!
sidindica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th June 2010, 12:10   #12
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Andromeda
Posts: 309
Thanked: 59 Times

Congrats Nirmal. The Golf looks really awesome. It looks more sturdy for the size it actually is. One of my colleagues has Golf Plus which to me looks like a tall boy design. But this one in the pic is really awesome.

By the way, I live in Bonn. Let's organize for a Team-BHP meetup here in Germany. It is summer time here in Germany.
joe1980 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th June 2010, 12:36   #13
hiren959's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Ahmedabad
Posts: 327
Thanked: 46 Times

Congrats Nirmal for your new car!! amazing car and the procedure to take delivery from the Factory, I think the most busiest site for car delivery in the world.

Lucky enough that you need just a sticker of "BHP" as your car has already "TEAM".
hiren959 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th June 2010, 13:59   #14
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Nuremberg,Germany
Posts: 62
Thanked: 0 Times

Congrats Nirmal on your purchase. Wish you happy driving.
shivapsreddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 7th June 2010, 17:12   #15
Senior - BHPian
theragingbull's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 2,605
Thanked: 605 Times

Congratulations!! Lovely car and lovely color! The way an owner takes the delivery of a new VW car in Germany is amazing! Do you have more pics of the delivery towers?
theragingbull is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The most expensive Golf ever - MK7 Golf R volkman10 The International Automotive Scene 9 22nd May 2015 08:08
Das Auto ist Der Golf und Jetzt Meine - My VW Golf joe1980 Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 9 11th February 2015 11:23
Aveo 1.4 LS Limited Edition - Initial ownership impressions PankajG Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 15 18th November 2009 09:24
Verna CRDi V/s Fiesta TDCi - Initial driving impressions Zappo Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 48 6th December 2007 16:01
My Corsa - Initial impressions balashome Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 44 31st August 2006 20:58

All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 12:12.

Copyright 2000 - 2016, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks