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Volkswagen Bora sedan

Volkswagen Bora Car Review

NRMA Motoring Date: 12 2000

As one of the newcomers in Volkswagen’s model line-up, the Bora slots neatly between the and the Passat in both size and

For its Australian launch, the front-wheel-drive comes powered by either a 2.0 four cylinder engine or a 2.3 V5. Prices start at $37,990 for the 2.0 manual, while the V5 manual $45,990. Automatic transmission an extra $2,200 in both

Later this year, will introduce the flagship 2.8 V6 model, featuring 4MOTION is another name for all-wheel-drive. is yet to be announced, however Volkswagen it will offer spectacular for money compared to other performance prestige sedans.

The of the Bora spells the end of the 1.8 litre in Australia. Volkswagen says the V6 will move more as the luxury model and that it will be available with a V8 There is a Bora wagon in but it’s not intended for Australia at stage.

Features equipment

four cylinder and V5 Boras with comprehensive lists of and safety equipment. Standard on both models include front and side front four wheel disc with ABS and electronic brake distribution, electronic diff air conditioning, power steering, central locking, immobiliser and power-operated windows and exterior cruise control and an 8 speaker system with CD player.

Other items include a computer, steering wheel for height and reach, continuous adjustment for the driver’s seat, rear head restraints, a split fold rear front and rear cupholders, road wheels (but not the a 12 volt power socket in the and an electric fuel flap

Additional features on the Bora V5 climate controlled air conditioning, upholstery, front seat support, front centre walnut trimming in the cabin, front seats, front fog 16 inch wheels with low profile tyres, anti-glare rear view mirror and windscreen wipers.

Car security is a priority with Volkswagen and the continues the tradition of providing protection. It has a rolling code an alarm, remote central deadlocks on the doors and lockable rear seats. In the NRMA’s security rating system of 0 to 110 (with a high score better protection), the Bora 92 points.

Though the two test were both manuals, transmission is, naturally enough, available. About the only available are a power-operated glass ($1,990) and metallic paint ($990).

Body finish

Consistent modern car manufacturing procedures, the shares its basic ‘platform’ several other vehicles. include the Audi A3 and TT, the Skoda the new Beetle and the Golf.

The styling of the is neat and functional, free of adornments, and with a somewhat look, along the lines of a BMW or a Lexus IS200.

Everything the Bora feels solid and made; the doors shut and there is no evidence of any body over rough or uneven Volkswagen claims the Bora’s has 15 per cent greater torsional than a Golf and that it or surpasses all safety standards

Long body life is by full galvanising of the shell and The body carries a 12 year against rust perforation.


With the Bora, on the outside also means on the inside and though front have plenty of leg room, tight for adults in the back Also, rear seat is best suited to two, than three occupants.

The rear door shells well past the door and passengers need to be careful not to themselves in the upper body when opening the rear

With its lower profile the Bora V5 rides more than the four cylinder but neither becomes unduly when rougher conditions are

The seats are firmly padded and at feel unnecessarily hard, both cars proved to be over a full day’s

Though the boot opening is not big, the boot itself is large and well designed. the rear seat backs and fold in a 60/40 split and are for extra security.

Behind the

With generous seat an easily-operated seat height the tilt and telescopic steering and a decent size left rest, Bora drivers of shapes and sizes should not any difficulty finding a comfortable and driving position.

Some of the control layout may seem a unusual to those used to cars, but it’s effective you become accustomed to it. In common all current Volkswagens, the instrument has blue illumination with red it’s refreshingly different and to read at night.

The automatically activating rain windscreen wipers of the V5 model are a useful feature and were during the intermittent rain that occurred during our

Vision for general driving is but the high rear body makes it hard to judge the extremities of the car when reverse and though the three rear restraints are commendable from a aspect, they also vision restrictions.

Volkswagen Bora sedan

On the road

neither the 2.0 litre four or 2.3 litre V5 engines are high units in terms of maximum output for their capacity, produce their maximum at relatively low engine revolutions.

The is that both manual cars felt responsive called on to accelerate in either traffic or on the highway, even the V5 was the stronger performer overall (as be expected).

At freeway speeds in gear, both cars are around their best engine speed, with the that many hills can be without the need to change

This translated into good open road economy, with the four car using only 7.7 litres/100 km in conditions and the V5 using 8.6 litres/100 km. The is that the more expensive grade petrol is specified for engines.

One aspect that wasn’t so impressive with both cars was their reluctance to off easily on a steeply inclined A run-up was needed to negotiate particular driveway that other cars handle difficulty.

The manual gearbox in test cars proved and easy to use, and the ratios are suited to the engine characteristics.

In conditions, noise levels in cars were a little than might have expected in a prestige car. included engine noise revved, air conditioning compressor and some gear noise in low Both cars were quiet when cruising at a speed.

European cars long established an enviable for their ride and handling and the Bora comfortably upholds tradition.

With its wider-section tyres, the V5 model feels a sharper in its steering and handling than the four cylinder however both rate as competent handlers.

The combination of wheel discs (ventilated at the the latest in anti-locking equipment and brake pressure distribution, these Boras with effective braking. However, irritating to find the good alloy wheels quickly with brake dust.


Priced and equipped to in the compact prestige car segment, the new sedan impresses with its quality, its levels of comfort, and security, and its pleasant driving in the majority of conditions.

Of the two test the V5 version was preferred for its stronger and the crisper feel of its steering and its however the 2.0 litre four model offers the same quality finish, still with a comprehensive range of equipment, and costs $8,000

Test vehicle supplied by Distributors Australia Pty Limited.

Volkswagen Bora sedan
Volkswagen Bora sedan
Volkswagen Bora sedan
Volkswagen Bora sedan
Volkswagen Bora sedan


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