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[YesAuto Evaluation] To describe a person with ordinary appearance and invisible characteristics, we would say that he has a “popular face”. Thanks to the efforts of the Volkswagen Group, this sentence now has a deeper meaning. Just look at the 2013 Bora and you will know what I mean: another genuine “Volkswagen face”! If there is no editorial department to review this process, my work will be very easy this time, and everything will be fine if I modify the new Lavida test article I wrote before.

This sounds a bit boring indeed. No one wants to waste time on another body that is exactly the same. Fortunately, the Bora is somewhat different from the Sagitar, LaVida and other models, which gives the next driving process a taste of exploration.

Sitting in the car, the black interior and dark brown wooden panels matched a very serious atmosphere. I started the car on the road and immediately felt that the car did not have too many comfortable adjustments like the Lavida, but it still retained a little European flavor. The steering force is heavy, the pointing accuracy is average, the accelerator and brake pedal feel are also heavy, the feedback force is even, and it is easy to control. When it comes to this, you have to mention the Sagitar. Before everyone felt that the Sagitar brakes were too soft, 2013 The Bora does not have this problem.

The powertrain does not need to be introduced too much. The 1.4T engine has a maximum power of 131 horsepower and a peak torque of 220 Nm. It is paired with a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox. This dry dual-clutch gearbox is really hard to pick when running. The shifting action is quick and the gear selection logic is reasonable. The D gear upshifts are quite active to ensure fuel economy, and the S gear is lively enough.

It’s just like a tortured patient who is stunned from time to time in the low-speed peristaltic state. I don’t know whether it should be 1st gear or 2nd gear. This is not just a problem with Bora. All 1.4T+7-speed DSG Volkswagen models have it. For this feeling, my solution is to use manual mode when encountering a traffic jam, control the gear and don't let it toss back and forth.

The suspension support is solid at the beginning, and the paved road is sporty, unlike the comfortable style of Lavida from beginning to end; the rear section is more flexible, and it can ensure sufficient comfort even when the road conditions are not good. At present, Volkswagen does not have any special models that can be manipulated in the compact car category. This is also one of the performances that have been thoroughly understood. For most people, the word sports is not that attractive.

A summary of the driving experience: the 2013 Bora 1.4T luxury model has ample power supply. After running, the dual-clutch gearbox cooperates quite tacitly, but it is recommended to drive in manual mode when encountering traffic jams; the chassis experience is more solid than the Lavida, and the suspension support is full. And the comfort is good; steering and pedal control feel heavy, retaining the European style. It is worth mentioning that all the 2013 Bora models are equipped with the ESP system as standard, which must be praised.

Noise suppression

The 2013 Bora has good noise suppression performance. At 120km/h, the main noise sources in the cabin are tire noise and wind noise, especially tire noise. In contrast, the engine itself has very low noise, the gearbox plays a role, and the speed is controlled. Low, but even if I use the manual mode to downshift and increase the speed above 3000rpm, the engine noise can only feel a small increase. It can be seen that the sound insulation and noise reduction work of the car body is still in place.

Acceleration and braking results

The main changes of the 2013 Bora are reflected in the appearance, interior, configuration, etc. The mechanical part is basically the same as the old model, so the performance test performance is not essentially different from the old model. Let’s take a look at it briefly.

The measured 0-100km/h acceleration test result is the fastest in 9.68 seconds, which is quite close to the official 9.7 seconds (the old model test result is 9.7 seconds). The initial stage was very gentle, with no tires to scratch the ground, no head up, and the body to start smoothly. We have tested many Volkswagens with 1.4T+DSG. This scene must be familiar to everyone. The starting G value is not high, but the power output level after the car is running is still very satisfactory. The acceleration G value of 0.5g in the first gear has been maintained for nearly 1 second.

The brakes performed well, with a final test score of 41.52 meters (42.1 meters for the old model). Judging from the graph, the braking system strength is in place, and the maximum braking G value can be dropped to -1.06g. The body posture is not stable when braking suddenly, and you can see obvious forward leaning action in the photo. If the front suspension support force is sufficient , I believe the results can be improved.

Fuel consumption test

Since we were in a foreign country, there were two adult men in the car during the entire fuel consumption test. Together with their luggage, photographic equipment, etc., the total load was about 180 kilograms; the total mileage was 250.3 kilometers, including congestion. , Ring road, highway and other road conditions; before departure, the driving computer is cleared, and the average speed is 32km/h at the end. The final consumption of No. 93 gasoline is 21.12 liters, which translates to a combined fuel consumption of 8.44 liters/100 kilometers, which is more than the old 7.37 liters/100 kilometers, but combined with the test conditions, this number is reasonable and we agree.

Reasonable fuel consumption reference values (non-rigid indicators) given by us for each class of models

Purely economical minicars : no more than 7 liters/100 kilometers

Small car /hybrid: no more than 8 liters/100 kilometers

Compact/light SUV : no more than 10 liters/100 kilometers

Medium- sized car/medium-sized SUV: no more than 12 liters/100 kilometers

Other models: no more than 15 liters/100 kilometers

<Note 1: Pure hardcore off-road vehicles, large SUVs, performance sports cars , super sports cars, this site does not conduct fuel consumption tests>


The driving experience and performance test results of the 2013 Bora are not much different from the old model. After all, there are no changes in the mechanical part. Today's test results are all expected. For it, changes in appearance, interior, and configuration are more important. The shopping guide channel will launch a static experience article on the 24th. Please stay tuned.

Volkswagen has turned the brand new family-style front face into an excellent business card. If you are not short-sighted, you can see that this is a Volkswagen model at a glance at a distance of 50 meters. This is its ultimate goal. As for whether it can be distinguished. Who is the Sagitar, the Bora, or who is the brand-new Santana, the public thinks that this is not important anymore. You are attracted to the 4S store by this face. Anyone can buy it! It is in line with the Chinese saying: Having more children makes it easier to fight.

2013 FAW-Volkswagen Bora detailed parameter configuration table