Compare with other Golf generations
It ranks 28th in reliability out of 38 generations.
This generation has 28 complaints. 25% are about the engine.
The most problematic year is the 2011 with a PainRank of 10.88.
The most painful problem is multiple electrical issues in the 2011. Chances are it happens in other years as well.
There are 10 recalls, 18 investigations, and 190 TSBs about this generation.