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Old 04-22-2014, 05:23 AM   #1
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Greeting all, I am hoping for some personal opinions please.

I am going to upgrade from a Micra which has done me well for the last 60,000 miles (in 2 years) but my back is telling me the time has come to upgrade.

I do purely motorway work through Europe so comfort followed by reliability is my overriding concern :-)

Looking at (New) a 1.9tdi Comfortline Golf (same as SE UK spec) and a 1.4d4d Auris.

The seats on the Golf are lovely with proper adjustable lumbar support.

The Auris has a great warranty but the seats are not as comfortable.

Both seem nice and quiet/smooth on the Motorway

My question is putting aside the odd speak or rattle has anyone had recent experience with both the Golf and Auris and what are their thoughts on the comfort side ?

I know the Golf seems to have lost its reputation for reliability but most of the comments I see relate to the Mk4, the MK5 seems to have the odd minor probleme but nothing too terrible. (as in stuck by the side of the motorway terrible)

Price wise they are coming in pretty much the same. and as I am looking at keeping for the next 5 years or so a grand here or there does not worry me that much.

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Old 04-26-2014, 01:01 PM   #2
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hmm pretty hard to decide there.

I myself drive an auris 1.4 petrol, and i have a friend who drives a golf 1.4 petrol. test drove each others cars and my friend said that the auris felt more smooth when on the road, but the golf also haves a very smooth ride. the car itself feels pretty much the same but talking finance they are very different.

id go with the auris, mainly because toyota has a very good reputation of it not breaking down. but thats just my opinion.
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:38 PM   #3
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Mazda 3 1.6d is also an option.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:39 AM   #4
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Mazda 3 1.6d is also an option.
Thanks, I had looked at the Mazda which is lovely. Problem is there is the nearest Mazda dealer to me is about 40 miles. I have a VW dealer 5 mins walk from home and a Toyota dealer 5 mins walk from work. :-)
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:01 AM   #5
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What about the new KIA Ceed? ... best of both worlds... and better prices and equipment.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:15 PM   #6
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My vote for Auris. But not 1.4 D-4d. 2.0 D-4d is better choice.
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Old 08-10-2014, 07:54 PM   #7
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Golf it is a great car but do not count on VW dealer if you have any issues. Toyota service is much better-so far.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:50 AM   #8
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My vote for Auris. But not 1.4 D-4d. 2.0 D-4d is better choice.
Yeah I agree 2.0 D-4d is better and the 1.4 is only really suitable for the lighter Yaris and Corrolla. It is also very cheap to run (Old uk Taxband C, easily achievable 44-50mpg, uk group 6 insurance, and never under powered as long as you keep it in the very narrow torque band when overtaking). If you can not afford it, get it second hand with 15,000 miles on the clock for 10k and 2 year warranty left. Whatever you go for it is good to keep in Japanese.
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Old 10-11-2014, 12:27 PM   #9
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In terms of the car itself, I probably shouldn t say this as an Auris owner, but I would go for the Golf as I remain disappointed with the low rent interior of the Auris and have serious misgivings about the long term durability of the interior. I think Toyota have let us down on this point and I may not have have bought the car if I knew the issues about this at the time. I also think as a new model, the petrol engines (and some diesel) are crying out for a 6 speed gearbox.

It does have its plus points though - I like the shape, practicality, space, engine (petrol in my case) and unlike some others i rate the standard fit mp3 cd player. I haven t as yet needed to use the dealers as I have not had the squeaky brakes issue - well only once or twice and only when the wife drives the car lol!

I actually test drove a golf and was fairly impressed but it was a bit more expensive and wasn t sure about the dealers. Strangely, I couldn t get used to the accelerator as you had to really push it hard to get any respnse and it felt odd! At least it is a solid car and I suspect very durable. Not sure about reliability or the dealers though as not in a position to advise accurately.
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Old 02-02-2015, 03:21 PM   #10
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Thanks, I had looked at the Mazda which is lovely. Problem is there is the nearest Mazda dealer to me is about 40 miles. I have a VW dealer 5 mins walk from home and a Toyota dealer 5 mins walk from work. :-)
What about Honda or BMW?

Although I m a huge Toyota fan I don t think I could bring myself to buy an Auris, so if I was buying a new car I d look at the Civic or the BMW 1 series. The latter may be more expensive, but its residuals will more than make up for the extra cost.

Not that I d buy a new car - I d get a 3 year old Rolla for less than half the price. And if you re concerned about problems then take out an extended warranty. Job jobbed.
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