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  • Thrillhouse

    Great looking rims.

    • JooberJCW

       Agree, much more fresher look than the old model carry overs you get with the standard GTi.

      • Jason

        It’s actually a throwback to the earlier GTI wheels.  The Mk4s had this design (albeit 16″) between 99 and 04, as I had them on mine.  So it’s yet another retro nod on an anniversary edition!

  • gt86.com.au

    The review is a bit late, is this your very own car Jez? If so, very nice choice!

  • Legnab

    Must be a lead foot, i get 8.8l/100 in city , 6.3/100 rural , and iam stage 1 , maybe needs to use 5th round town .

  • Captain Nemo

    Couldn’t agree more about the poor fuel economy i have owned 2 VeeDuds & currently own an Octavia RS.  Never got within cooee of the claimed figures on any of them the Rolf R32 was the worst never owned a car that made so much noise for so little forward motion & burned so much fuel in the process. Problem is VeeDuds are way too fat.  

    • Legnab

      HAHAAH more fables from the poison pen , the aussie made support crew just can’t hack us all switching to VAG , we love our economy/power , only available at your nearest VAG dealer , with built in reliability , unlike the dying dinosour range .

      • Sumpguard

           I don’t buy Australian but VW would be well down my list so there goes that theory!  They recently recalled in excess of half a million vehicles (inside the past 6 months) so there goes your reliability theory too.

           This doesn’t make for pretty reading Bangel.

        http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/997596

      • Captain Nemo

         Bungel no fables or poison pen just the truth sorry to disappoint you bud.

        Go read the story again its in plain English “FUEL ECONOMY COULD BE BETTER”     Then go read the Skoda Yeti review “fuel usage spiraled into the teens around town” & that is from a 1.2 motor.  Like i said before VeeDuds are way too fat.    

        • Legnab

          And the crummerdore weighs in at 1700kg plus and the crude 1400kg plus, wow now thats  fat , GTI 1360kg , surprised the crude is so heavy considering its so down market .

          As i said maybe hes not using 5th gear round town like i do and i get  8.8l/100 and i iam not a snoozy driver , read the story again ” IN TOWN OR TESTING ON WINDY ROADS ” ROAD TESTERS DO TEND TO FANG IT , should have gone to spec savers .

          Each GTI  i get the consumption drops , magic economy , fantastic power , great handling , superb interior , well recomended for the enthusiast who wants to dump his dinomobile . 

          • Captain Nemo

             So what are you saying Bungel?  Jez doesn’t know how to drive?

            Nope this VeeDud is just over weight  Mk1 Rolf weight was just 800kgs this porker weighs near on 1400kgs thats a massive increase over time.  
            By comparison VB Commy weighs 1200kgs if it had piled on the weight at the same rate as this VeeDud has a VE should weigh about 2200kgs which it doesn’t.

          • Legnab

            Test pilot corporal , different to commuting  , zoom zoom , obviously he loves the power .

            Always thought the VE was light on safety , why does the crude weigh more that the golf uh , must be fat and its down on golf economy.

    • sunbird

      I would have thought you would have given up after the first and not bothered coming back , ditch the RS and get a cruze , mate they are the best car on the road , nothing comes close for build quality , economy , power , and your keeping bogans employed .

      • Barry

        Nothing comes close for build quality,economy,power.Everytime a Rolf starts it sounds like a 747 on the runway.The most horrible engine vibration since the XYGT.
        Legnad do what Captain Nemo done and get out of that Rolf before it falls apart.

    • Jackson

      Tell it to someone gullible enough to believe your fairytales Nemo.
      ….maybe the childrens forums somewhere.

    • Aubug

      Captain Nemo I suggest you go and buy an HSV then you’ll have fuel economy to really complain about, I’ve come from an HSV to a Golf best move I’ve ever made. And for less fuel the Golf is the best drive I’ve ever had.

      • Thrillhouse

        He’s right though. VW’s tend to use a lot more go juice than simmilar vehicles with simmilar size/output motors. I had a Bora V6 4motion for a while. Nice car, if a bit lacking in the style department. Went OK but the fuel use was almost par with my old XR8.

    • Spatcat03

      My Golf 118TSI can go from Sydney to Brisbane without filling up, so near enouhg to 950km on a tank.

      • Diesel

        My diesel Golf does 5.7L per 100km urban and 4L per 100km highway. Great cars.

        • Spatcat03

          This is our first VW, and after a year of ownership, I am very pleased. The fuel economy is first class, the equipment level is first class, the drive and handling is first class, the build quality is first class, and so far, we have had no reliability issues.
          I dare say, when it is time to replace it, VW will be high on the list.

  • al

    looks nice, but overbuilt, too expensive and TOOOOO HEAVY. Should be able to produce an exciting hot hatch for half the price. My 20 year old Golf 2 was cool + reliable, it was 920 kg. This one is a shocking 1380kg!!! Jesus Christ. 1380kg for a hatch. These car designers have no brains whatsoever. YOU DON’T GET GOOD FUEL ECONOMY WHEN YOU HAVE TO PUSH AROUND 1.4 TONNES OF STEEL. These idiots of designers should be sent to the Siberian desert for life. MAKE A COOL + EFFICIENT CAR UNDER 1 TONNE!!! They were able to do it 30 years ago, but now they are TOO STUPID for it…

    • Legnab

      Obviously you dont own a current GTI , try hitting a wall in your 1992 golf which weighed a lot more than 920kg, that was the mk1 , added safety helps .

      And you dont get 6.3l/100 cruising , and the thrust of 188kw/410nm .

      I suggest you buy a GM barina spark would suit your needs , but dont hit a wall , nice fable , still wont stop intelligent punters buying VAG .

    • GTI

      Or maybe someone could build a 0-star safety hatchback that weighs 850kg! no airbags, ABS, TCS, safety cell etc etc. 

      • Legnab

        THEY have its a barina ,  just slap a chev badge and a GTI sticker from auto barn on it and hey walla instant hot dog hatch .

        • scatman

          I think your doing to much of the old tugga tugga tugga

    • Golfschwein

      Golf weight is on the money, I reckon, al. All its competitors are about the same. A Golf 77 Tsi comes in at 1233 kg, not bad. The lightest i30 is 1303 kg but an SX CRDi auto is 1408 kg.  A Focus Sport TDCi hatch is 1515 kg and a Cruze diesel is 1560 kg. Yikes! Then you have average Cruzes and CT200hs all in the mid 1400 kg range.

      We demand our safety, 6 speed gearboxes, turbochargers, air conditioning, sound deadening and electric motors for seats, windows, mirrors, turning headlights, steering, door closing, you name it. And there’s only one way we’re going to get those things: weight.

      But fear not. Golf Mk VII GTI will feature part-aluminium panels and structures to help it weigh in at around the 1250 mark. 

      • MattP

        Agreed, my Focus XR5 is just under 1,400kg which seems average for this size vehicle.  Actually, it is excellent given the 5 cylinder turbo Volvo sourced engine and six speed gearbox must weigh more than the standard Focus donk.

  • Robin_Graves

    “There’s only the mildest of tugs on the steering wheel in lower gears” Majority of Golf owners dont mind a mild tugging behind the wheel.

    • Golfschwein

      He he…as opposed to a full-strength one behind the wheel of the XR6 turbo you’re looking at.  Explains why you were trying to get the steering wheel out of the way, I guess ;)
      Maybe that’s why no one came to help you at the dealership. If I was a salesman, I’d have given you time to ‘finish up’ as well.

  • Force-15

    You gotta love all the sledging that goes on in these comment threads whenever a Volkswagen gets reviewed…

    • JooberJCW

      Obviously you havent been on a Toyota thread :)

  • Kieran

    This article has been spoiled by the comments made by fatuous infantile trolls.  

    • Thrillhouse

      Par for course, then.

  • Heath Russell

    i honestly dont see the love for every VAG product that falls into a reviewers hand, i find them so boring and dull, co workers have had massive reliability issues and huge servicing costs. 
    whats with all the hype ?

  • MattP

    Nice XR5-lookalike snowflake alloy wheels on yet another special edition GTI.

    I know an ex-R32 owner who had to replace the engine and a young co-worker bought a second hand base model Golf and it, mechanically, burnt him badly too.

    That’s why I personally bought a Focus XR5 in December, one of the last new ones in the country, because it’s 5 cylinder Volvo sourced engine has no reliability questions, it performs nicely, lots of space for my family, and there isn’t one in every second garage.

    When it came to parting my own $$ I was not prepared to risk a VAG engined product.

    • James

       I have also been burnt, heaps of problems including new engine which eventually was making  the same pinging/grinding noises before the old one went.

  • no names

    had a gti pirelli, which is the precursor to this limited edition.  what a chore to drive in town.  highways and overtaking were good but gee what a chore 90% of the time…

    • James

       why was it a chore ?

      • no names

        turbo laggggggg……
        18inches + potholes and ruts……
        dsg………….
        noise……..(didn’t mind too much myself, but the handbrake thought it was crashy)

        Mostly the laggggggg…….

  • Legnab

    lots of fables and myths in this lot , a chore to drive , never heard of R32 engines failing , suppose your much happier driving a bogan GM product, yawn .

    • no names

      so which vag product do/have you owned legnab?

  • Gtrxu1

    No doubt the Rolf needs to go on a diet.Allmost 1.5 tons,that little engine must work really hard.Using allmost 10L/100 kms of premium unleaded.Last pice for premium was $1.57…

    • Golfschwein

      Did you not see my listed weights for comparitive vehicles in one of the posts here? I might have prevented you looking just a tiny bit silly. Or blind. 

      • Gtrxu1

        How do you explain the gas guzzling Rolf slurping 10L/100kms of premium unleaded.Now whos a tiny bit silly GP.

        • Golfschwein

          I’m ever so slightly amused that you need this much help, gtrxu1. But here goes: between a nice little mix of GTI at 1380 kg, an i30 SX CRDi at 1408 kg and a Cruze CDX 1.8 auto at 1402 kg, which one is the heaviest? Gawd, I’m channeling Rolf Harris: “Can ya tell what it is yet?”

          And between a flat to the boards 1.8 litre Cruze and a GTI being pedalled at the rate of 10l/100 km (likely little worse than the Cruze), where would you be having the most fun? “Can you tell what it is yet?”

          • Gtrxu1

            ok the i30 in the red corner at 1408kg is the heaviest.
            have to say the GTI35 would be the better drivers car.But Captain Nemo as a former VW driver made some interesting points.

          • Legnab

            The I30 is a piece of junk , corporal zero has never owned a VW , just a grieving holden lover whos having hissy fits ever time the generals sales slide further into the abyss .

          • Golfschwein

            Well, you’ve gotta make of Captain Nemo what you will, gtrxu1. After a supposed run of dud vee duds – Golfs, no less – he now owns an Octavia. Octavias are built on a Golf wheelbase, with Golf suspension, Golf engines (his RS has a GTI motor, less a handful of kilowatts) and Golf transmissions and score very highly on the UK JD survey, an important point for survey devotees and adherents. Furthermore, if you’re familiar with Golfs and plonk yourself in the driver’s seat of an Octavia, a familiar selection of headlight, indicator, wiper, mirror, cruise and window switches, along with equally familiar air con and sound system units, present themselves in their expected and familiar locations. The location of other items such as air vents and instruments make it fairly plain that, whilst outwardly dissimilar, they are inwardly the same as the items in the Golf.

            Sooooo….he either doesn’t or hasn’t owned the cars he claims to have owned or he doth protesteth too much. I suspect the latter.

          • Captain Nemo

            Golfie 
            Like i said to Bungel if you don’t believe me that i have owned  VeeDuds than be it what can i do?

            I was aware of the connection between Skoda & VeeDud when we bought it but thought maybe 3rd time lucky.  My wife liked it more than i did and i,am assuming you’re married too & familiar with the term “happy wife happy life” so we bought a Octavia RS. 

             

          • Golfschwein

            I absolutely accept everything you say, Captain Nemo.

          • Golfschwein

            …and as you’ve put it so plaintively, sorry for the doubt.

          • Legnab

            Did wifey get the JERKY DSG ,or the sensible manual , it will fail like all VAG  products , call barry for road side assistance .

        • Legnab

          Mine does 8.8l/100 city , never seen it that high , rural 6.3l/100 and iam toting 188kw -1375kg , you dreamers need to get a grip on reality .

          As golfy said blind , should have gone to spec savers .

          • Captain Nemo

             Bungel

            Whatever helps you sleep at night bud if your feeble little mind wants to believe i haven’t owned a VeeDud than be it.

          • Gtrxu1

            Legnab just because you drive a German car doesnt mean you should stick your nose in the air at all other cars.

          • Thrillhouse

            You must be new around here.

          • Legnab

            Never stick my nose up  BMW/AUDI/BENZ , the rest  yes .

          • no names

            gti pirelli did 10.8 city, 8.5 highway, avg over nearly 3 years.  sydney. normal driving, never really thrashed.
            never got anywhere near the claimed 8.6 avg.  Always used bp ultimate.
            problems: turbo valve blew at 2 years (replaced under warranty), fuel line rattle at 2 years 10months.  Took the hint, got rid of it at 2 years 10months.

          • Legnab

            Gti stage 1 8.8l city 6.3l rural over 12months , adelaide , brisk driving , lots of 5th gear city .

            Always got close or better then claimed , always use BP ultimate

            Problems zero , take a  hint will keep mine like that last two , magic cars .

          • Legnab

            CATWOMAN ,actually we have a mining boom unlike sydney and melbourne , rusting away .

            Plenty of euro drivers  enjoying the joys of a quality car .

            Salisbury highway is for bogans heading of to the bogan car factory at elizabeth .

          • scatman

            A mining boom, well there you go that will last forever, so thats why SA has absolutly nothing else going for it, just shoved all the eggs in one basket, metal prices will never drop again.
            Sorry but you live in the bogan capital, probably have a job as a delivery driver and I bet your GTI has big wheels and a chip in it mate to give it more power.  Plenty of grotty bogans in GTI’s

          • Legnab

            SKITTYCAT takes a feral to know one , blacktown or broardmeadows ? , you stick to your underpowered crummer , life must be boring in a 70′s car .

            The world of GTI’s is miles above your lifestyle .

          • scatman

            Radelaide, I hear there making a new oval there for all the major sporting events and everyone is angry cause you carnt take your car in and watch the footy no more.
            You live in a backwater, the city has nothing, look at the size of the buildings.  What is actually produced, done in Adelaide/ SA ??  Growing dope is the states biggest industry, everyone walks around half drugged out

          • Legnab

            Man where did you go to school , obviously you had no education in frankston , your spelling is below primary level.

            How do you read the dials in your VK through the smoke .

            We are the biggest exporter of dope , all that sydney melbourne cash flowing over the border means more VAG quality cars on adelaide roads .

          • scatman

            You got nothing have you to come back with, you know your state contributes nothing to Australia,  You dont even have a proper freeway to drive your VAG product on.  Its mostly VN vacationers getting around, id say your king bogan and you really own a VQ Statesman

  • c1ee

    It certainly is the best. But for me, a certain level of exclusivity is what made the Golf GTI cool. But now, every second Golf I see seems to be a GTI. This sort of makes them less attractive to buy. 

  • Xristo303

    GTI owner here. Average fuel economy I get is 10.7 and thats when I’m babying it around town.
    Great car, but IMHO not worth the price when you tick a couple of options that really should of come standard

  • Redskies

    This is the car I would’ve loved to buy – just for the interior!  I probably would’ve stretched my budget to get a GTI but… Then I spoke to my mechanic and then a VW mechanic.  Hmmm.  And the only guy I know who owns a GTI is worried at the moment.  It chews oil.  Checked the forums.  He’s not alone.  At least his DSG doesn’t emit terrible noises.  He reckons he’s “lucky”…

  • Mr McKenzie

    Based upon the number of comments here there must be something to these fuel consumption and  reliability issues.

    Do they report the same things in Germany or is it just our local bias at play

    • F1MotoGP

       If you check ADAC in Germany  (RACV here) breakdown statistics for Golf is not the same as here. I can see here lots of comments which are……just made up. Some could be genuine as with every car even Rolls Royce. Anyway 2010 statistics Golf finished 7th in its category. Major problems were:
      Engine management is
      disturbed (gasoline and diesel to 2008)Cooling hose raccoon
      bites (all years)Coolant pump defective leaking, (gasoline
      up 2005)Defective ignition coil (especially until 2006)Broken
      spark plug (especially until 2009)Ignition switch is defective
      (by 2009)Fuel pump faulty cable connection (to 2005)Defective
      generator (diesel by 2006)Defective starter motor (diesel and
      gasoline by 2005)Defective turbocharger (to 2007)Hood closure
      depends (to 2007)

    • no names

      buy it, enjoy it, sell it after 3 years, take the depreciation hit.  That was my experience.

  • Barry

    Excellent review with lots of alternative views on the GTI 35 and Volkswagen in general.
    From reading the comments one could come to the conclusion that VW are not as reliable.Or as fuel efficient as we all thought.

    • Legnab

      BTTTD alternatives yes but best all round hot hatch in the world , ie read europe and nth america , my conclusion from ownership is very reliable , economical and a brilliant car . 

      • scatman

        Isnt your 188kw chariot about a 2003 model, Id say its a completly different car to yours so your not in a position to make a comparison

        • Legnab

          Geez kittygirl , wake up its a mk6 , current , latest, der .

          Get back in your camira , burn out time at Kmart

  • scatman

    Of course its new, probably had all the bits in it replaced at least once, gearbox at least 3 times.
    It seems like youve been going on and on about it for much longer, being and dumb boring has that effect.  Nothing says grotty bogan like chipping your car, 188kw, 188kw.
    And your from Adelaide, more shame

  • Andy_campbell_1

    Muy bueno.

  • Grange

    I Have a VW golf tsi.I would say it is the worst VW I have owned.IF I had my choice I would love to give it back. The brakes are too severe and it is very difficult to drive in city traffic.It has A bad shudder as well.
    I would not recommend.

  • http://5reasonreviews.com/

    Terrific car and news that they are starting to sell out of the standard GTi

    I would say though that I also do like the Megane Renault Sport

  • blitz

    vw golf gti 35 best car ive owned 1 yr old still love it

  • Golfschwein

    Excellent! We wouldn’t want to see you de-valuing a Golf. I think the XR6 Turbo is going to be so…..YOU!!!! Once you’ve decided on a colour – and I know it’s going to be a tough choice between…ahem…Seduce, Lightning Strike or Edge (something you went over in the showroom) – see if you can interest Finger Boy aka Scatman for a ride. He’s gagging for it, provided you can drag him away from luriddigs dot com.

  • Legnab

    WOW the boganista crowd are vocal , what are they going to crow about when their  crummer/coons disappear in 2016 , suppose they will have their CRUDES to praise .

Volkswagen Golf Specs

GTi EDITION 35 : 2.0L TURBO MPFI - 6 SP MANUAL - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 5D HATCHBACK
Car Details
Make
VOLKSWAGEN
Model
GOLF
Variant
GTi EDITION 35
Series
1K MY12
Year
2012
Body Type
5D HATCHBACK
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
TURBO MPFI
Engine Size
2.0L
Cylinders
TURBO 4
Max. Torque
300Nm @  1700rpm
Max. Power
173kW @  5300rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
125.4W/kg
Bore & Stroke
82.5x92.8mm
Compression Ratio
9.6
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
0
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
55
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
8.3L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1380
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1464mm
Length
4199mm
Width
1785mm
Ground Clearance
153mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1300  Unbrake:640
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.9
Front Rim Size
7.5x18
Rear Rim Size
7.5x18
Front Tyres
225/40 R18
Rear Tyres
225/40 R18
Wheel Base
2574
Front Track
1533
Rear Track
1514
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC
Standard Features
Comfort
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones
Control & Handling
18 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder
Driver
Cruise Control, Power Steering
Engine & Transmission
Electronic Differential Lock
Entertainment
CD with 6 CD Stacker, Radio CD with 8 Speakers
Exterior
Body Kit, Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors, Rear Spoiler
Interior
Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Power front seat Driver, Power Sunroof
Control & Handling
Adaptive Damping Control
Driver
Reversing Camera, Satellite Navigation
Entertainment
Premium Sound System
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  20,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
9-I-8
Country of Origin
GERMANY