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Costs and real consumption: VW Golf 1.0 E-TSI Life

The VW Golf 1.0 E-TSI Life, which costs 31,280 euros, is ready for a consumption check.

The three-cylinder with 110 hp presents itself here as an equally harmonious and economical drive source, which, together with the attentive seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, rarely gives rise to the desire for more engine. Fast freeway driving, for example, is one of the rare occasions when you wish you had more pressure from the engine room. The operation also proves to be more annoying on this Golf. Even after repeatedly dealing with the new system, dealing with the insensitive and incidentally unlit virtual slider in the center display, the steering wheel controls that are too small, the strange control island for light functions or the nested and not always very logical menus on the touchscreen and steering wheel are more of an annoyance. After all, no software failures were recorded in the lime yellow test car.

What may be more important: The human-machine interface is making the Golf irrelevant - the Golf, the car for everyone, from learner drivers to retired couples, is no longer so unrestricted. Older and less digitally savvy users may no longer feel so welcome in the current Volkswagen. Incidentally, seemingly small things also contribute to this, such as the price lists that are no longer so easily available on the Internet or from retailers. And what about the fuel and maintenance costs?

Our test consumption

VW specifies a WLTP standard consumption of 5.1 liters Super for the Golf 1.0 E-TSI Life . He moves away from this value in everyday life. We have determined an average consumption of 6.7 liters, which causes fuel costs of 11.06 euros per 100 kilometers. The VW consumed 5.3 liters on the eco lap, while consuming 6.6 liters on the commuter route. If the VW was moved in a sporty manner, consumption rose to 8.7 liters. The fuel costs are calculated using the daily updated fuel price on our partner portal mehr-tanken.de (09/22/2021 /Super: 1.65 euros/litre).

Monthly maintenance costs

If you drive as resource-efficiently as we do on our eco tour, you reduce the fuel costs for 100 kilometers to 8.75 euros. The rather violent gait resulted in a sum of 14.36 euros. The vehicle tax costs 64 euros per year for the VW, the liability insurance is 387 euros. Partial and fully comprehensive insurance cost an additional 81 and 423 euros respectively. Monthly maintenance costs of 240 euros are paid by those who drive the VW 15,000 kilometers a year. If the mileage is double, the sum increases to 439 euros. We leave out the loss in value in this calculation.

How to test

The auto motor und sport test consumption consists of three differently weighted consumption drives. So-called “commuter consumption” accounts for 70 percent.This is a journey from home to work, which averages 21 kilometers. A particularly economical, approx. 275-kilometre-long eco-lap is included in the rating with 15 percent. The remaining 15 percent is accounted for by the sports driver lap. The length is roughly the same as the Eco lap, but the route includes a larger proportion of motorway and thus higher speeds on average. The basis for calculating the fuel costs is always the price quoted on the "more tanken" portal on the day the article was created.

The monthly maintenance costs include maintenance, wear part costs and vehicle taxes assuming an annual mileage of 15,000 and 30,000 kilometers without loss of value. The calculation is based on the test consumption, a three-year holding period, no-claims class SF12 for liability and comprehensive insurance with Allianz including discounts for garage parkers and the restriction to certain drivers (not under 21). At Allianz, SF12 offers a discount rate of 34 percent for liability and 28 percent for comprehensive insurance.

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In the auto motor and sport test consumption, the 31,280 euro VW Golf 1.0 eTSI Life with 110 PS ended up with an average value of 6.7 liters Super per 100 kilometers. This means that the fuel costs over this distance are 11.06 euros. The monthly maintenance costs are 240 euros (15,000 km annual mileage) or 439 euros (30,000 km annual mileage).


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