Unless it’s a GTI or an R, the VW Golf isn’t what we’d call an attractive vehicle. However, it has been one of the most popular cars in Europe for as long as we can remember, and it’s easy to see why. It is spacious and practical while having a non-offensive design. It’s also quite reliable and ticks all the boxes for a family car without being expensive. For single mother Nikki, this fifth generation hatch has become the main means of transportation.
TDI-powered compact cars have had better days, but who has time to indulge this Golf Mk5? I’m grateful, Top Gear Clean Team came to his rescue and did his best in eight hours. We’ve seen a 16 year old car in worse condition than this, although the interior is a bit rough. With two kids and a dog, it’s easy to imagine how filthy the cabin was. That said, there was nothing that the expert duo couldn’t fix.
With the limited time available, the Golf Mk5 did not undergo a full recovery. Even so, the eight hours spent rejuvenating the VW is well worth the effort. It all started with getting everything out of the car before cleaning the engine bay. The next step is tidying up the interior, which is the most time-consuming part of the process. The back seat was filthy with more stains than we could count, but the wet vacuuming did the trick.
The faded headlights were the most obvious flaw on the outside and are now shining again after a professional detailer has worked his magic with sandpaper. The final touch was to align the VW badge before showing the Golf to Nikki. He has owned the car from new and we really expected him to be more enthusiastic about seeing his prized possession.
Anyway, those eight hours were well spent as the car has a very clean interior and looks great on the outside for a 2006 model.