The Volkswagen Bora introduces a brand of style that hasn’t been seen in the small family saloon market. Much of its features are based on the Golf, such as direct steering, a pleasant interior, and a punchy PD diesel engine to deliver fuel economy and an adequate performance. Read on to know what other features the Volkswagen Bora has to offer for both saloon seekers and its class leader competitors.
The Bora comes with a diverse set of engines. The petrol range includes a 1.6-litre unit that’s adequate for short motorway drives and around town roads, while the 1.8T is more powerful in its 180 bhp. The 2.0-litre unit is perfect for easy cruising, but if you want a more refined drive then the 2.8V6 and 2.3V5 are your best choices. The diesel range includes a 1.9TDI that is within 110 to 150bhp. Among the 1.9TDI diesels, the 130bhp emerges as the best choice for its economy and performance.
Driving is made easy thanks to the direct and well-weighted steering, confident cornering, and generous grip. All these features assure all around stability and comfort as you drive long distances. The interior sports a refined design that’s above the average cut, thanks to its classy materials.
Behind the wheel, drivers will have no problems getting comfortable thanks to the Bora’s easy steering wheel adjustment and spacious seat arrangement. The tactile controls are also well positioned and easy to use as you navigate through the dash.
The Bora’s different trims come with a variety of equipment. The S includes a height adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel, a remote tailgate release, and heated electric mirrors. The SE offers a trip computer, upgraded audio, self-dipping rear view mirror, and an auto-screen wipe sensor. The 2.0 SE provides traction control as well as a Sport pack that includes front fog lights, 16” six-spoke alloys with anti-theft bolts, and upholstery and sports seats.
Expect the Bora to have a rather outdated design as it is based on the 1998 to 2004 Gold platform. On the upside, this basis gives added weight to the boot and actually balances handling better than the Golf.
Unfortunately rear legroom is limited and is only comfortable enough for two children seated in that area. Although the boot is large in volume, it still pales in comparison next to the Golf’s hatchback despite the Bora being a larger vehicle. Thankfully the Bora makes up for this in its interior storage space.
The Bora promises safety in its four-star Euro NCAP crash rating. Safety equipment has been updated over the years and there have been no reported security weaknesses. Other security features include deadlocks, remote central locking, and an alarm as standard equipment.
Volkswagen certainly impresses with the Bora’s diverse features, comfortable seats, and refined performance. Parents will definitely appreciate the large number of safety features, the adequate space and comfort provided, as well as the general driving qualities delivered by its engine range. The price doesn’t strain the budget either, so it’s definitely a smart move to include the Volkswagen Bora among your vehicle purchase choices.
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