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  • Superb allrounder; premium looks; larger boot; interior tech and quality; lighter, more efficient engines; sweetly weighted steering; disciplined ride; quietness
  • Small drop in headroom; 1.4-litre petrol slower than before, not a sporting engine; unknown impact of torsion-beam rear suspension for base models

9 / 10

2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
by Greg Steele

A new-generation Volkswagen Golf used to be a once-in-a-decade event, but not anymore – exactly four years after the launch of the much-praised Golf Mk6, the Wolfsburg outfit has mustered every fragment of expertise it has in producing the all-new, rival-crushing Volkswagen Golf Mk7.

This new-generation model is the first new-from-the-ground-up Volkswagen Golf since the 2003 Mk5, but what it reflects is a vastly more sophisticated approach to the ubiquitous small hatchback.

The goalposts have moved a long way in almost 10 years, much of that thanks to the Golf, and even at the end of its tenure, the outgoing Mk6 is still considered the class benchmark. But alongside the brand spanking Mk7, the Mk6 seems almost boring and dated.

Yes, Volkswagen’s next-generation ‘people’s car’ is a knockout. Regardless of what you might think of the Golf Mk7’s evolutionary styling, on the road it looks lower and wider (which it is – by 28mm and 13mm respectively), but also classier, more masculine and more ‘premium’, which is exactly what the market wants.

The wheelbase has grown a welcome 59mm to 2637mm (the old Volkswagen Golf had the shortest wheelbase in its class), while overall length is up 56mm, stretching the Golf’s proportions neatly. The drop in overall height has cut headroom slightly (by an insignificant 15mm up front, 12mm in the back), as well as aerodynamic drag (0.274 Cd for the slipperiest variant), but there’s loads of interior space, and the boot is now a generous 380 litres (up 30 litres).

2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review

Even with a space-saver spare, the boot floor is exceptionally deep, but if you can forgo a little room, the moveable floor can raise slightly to store the parcel shelf underneath – unleashing a totally flat, obstruction-free cargo bay. There are also four ‘curry hooks’ for take-away and shopping excursions.

Under close inspection, you can’t help but notice the stylistic nods to the Mk1 (the side window line on the three-door) and the Mk4 (the lovely, symmetrical slice of shut-line along the trailing edge of the five-door’s rear door and the tailgate). But while the Mk7 remains visually faithful to the past and the whole Volkswagen Golf ‘brand’, it only takes one peek inside the cabin to realise you’ve just witnessed the future.

If you thought the Mk6’s interior was posh, wait until you cop an eyeful of the Mk7’s – it’s incredible. Trying to find an unsightly material or rough edge is harder than conquering Everest in thongs. The gently concave instrument panel and the broad sweep of the centre console scream ‘luxury sedan’ louder than most luxury sedans.

Admittedly, all Golfs on the international launch in Sardinia were premium Highline grade – sitting above Trendline and Comfortline spec levels. But the combination of interesting textures like ribbed Alcantara inserts surrounded by houndstooth-style cloth on the Highline’s standard sports seats, the seductive plastics, and Volkswagen’s slick new-generation switchgear is deeply impressive. Neat cubbies and SD-card inserts abound, and the roller-door cover for the centre cup holders is a tactile delight. So, too, is Volkswagen’s trademark length- and height-adjustable centre armrest – now feeling smoother and slicker to operate than ever.

2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review

The same goes for the new-generation drivetrains. Only two engines were available on the launch, and both are new. The petrol is an all-alloy 1.4-litre TSI petrol (replacing the old iron-block 1.4-litre TSI) – part of a new-generation EA211 family that includes the 55kW 1.0-litre triple from the Up! and a new 63kW 1.2-litre four.

Thanks to its lightweight construction, the new 1.4 TSI weighs 40kg less than the old iron-blocker, and combined with a sizeable drop in the Mk7’s overall vehicle weight (the total, including engine, is approaching 100kg), this 103kW/250Nm Golf manages to successfully masquerade as a replacement for the previous 118kW/240Nm twin-charged 1.4.

The new single-turbo 1.4 is simpler, lighter, more efficient and less costly to produce than its clever turbocharged-supercharged predecessor, hence the switch. And while 103kW at 4500-6000rpm mightn‘t set pulses racing, the new 1.4 TSI’s torque figure of 250Nm from 1500-3500rpm mostly compensates.

Actual performance is slightly down (0-100km/h in 8.4 seconds versus 8.0sec), but the version with automatic cylinder deactivation cuts two cylinders under light loads and cuts fuel consumption by up to 23 per cent.

The claimed fuel consumption average with the seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox is just 4.7 litres per 100km, while emitting barely 109 grams of CO2 per kilometre. And on the road, the engine’s virtually imperceptible cylinder deactivation, combined with vast reserves of low- and mid-range torque, makes the 1.4 TSI an effortlessly refined companion.

2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review

It isn’t a sporting engine, though. Above 5400rpm, the 1.4 TSI is intrusive – especially in relation to the Golf’s superb refinement elsewhere – and there’s little point stretching it beyond 5000rpm. The DSG changes up at 5900rpm, but with so many gears and such quick shifts, you don’t really notice the high-rev commotion. It’s when you keep the six-speed manual revving in a low gear, or the seven-speed DSG is doing the same through an uphill corner, that you realise this is far from an enthusiast’s engine. As an all-round workhorse, though, it’s excellent.

The 2.0-litre turbo diesel is also a new engine – part of Volkswagen’s all-new EA288 modular diesel family. Power is up only slightly (110kW at 3500-4000rpm versus 103kW) and torque stays the same as its EA189-series 2.0 TDI predecessor (320Nm produced from 1750-3000rpm), but thanks to twin balance shafts, it’s very smooth for a diesel.

The six-speed manual version averages an exceptional 4.1L/100km (4.4L/100km for the six-speed DSG) and emits just 106g/km of CO2, but it’s the character of the diesel that’s most impressive.

Of the two launch engines, this is the enthusiast’s choice. Its punchy mid-range and growly induction note make the TDI a pleasure to stoke along. It will rev to 5000rpm without complaint, though 4500rpm is a more realistic shift-up point, and yet it starts to pull from just over 1300rpm without the grumbly drone of yore.

2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review

And while the 2.0 TDI is slightly slower than the 1.4 TSI in outright acceleration (0-100km/h in 8.6sec), its rolling response feels stronger.

Suspension-wise, the all-new Volkswagen Golf employs an evolution of the previous model’s excellent set-up, with one sizeable exception. Golf models with 90kW or more (the base 90kW/200Nm 1.4 TSI, the up-spec 103kW version and the 110kW 2.0 TDI) all run an improved multi-link rear suspension that is 4kg lighter than the Mk6’s set-up.

But Golfs producing less than 90kW run “modular lightweight suspension”, which is marketing waffle for a torsion-beam rear-end. It’s a new design, weighing 15kg less than the Mk6’s multi-link, but with none available on the launch, it’s impossible to say whether this is a retrograde step or a clever, cost-saving one. The last Golf with a torsion-beam – the Mk4 – was widely criticised for its dynamics.

The multi-link versions, however, set a new class standard in dynamic polish. All the Golf Highlines on the launch were equipped with the optional Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive suspension that allows you to switch (via a selector button on the centre console, and then mode buttons on the huge, top-level 8.0-inch colour touchscreen) between Comfort, Normal, Sport and Individual.

All three regular modes adjust the level of damping firmness and steering weighting, while Individual allows you to select your own setting for those, plus transmission and various other vehicle functions. Normal’s sweetly weighted steering and absorbent, yet well-disciplined ride appear to hit the mark for the Golf’s premium positioning, but Sport adds a level of handling sharpness and yaw control that ranks it clearly above Normal.

2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review

Sport also runs a meatier setting for the new electric steering system, and it’s excellent. No matter what mode you select, the Golf steers with crisp accuracy, and lovely consistency and weighting. And all this through a superb steering wheel that is not only great to hold, but also great to look at.

Handling-wise, the new Volkswagen Golf steps up the sophistication over the Mk6. It doesn’t reward you with its dynamism like a Focus can at times, but it’s much more polished than the Ford, and still capable of a good time. All Golf Mk7s feature the XDS electronic front differential lock that was once fitted only to the GTI, which demonstrates the thoroughness of Volkswagen’s approach to the new model.

The launch cars all wore 17-inch alloys with 225/45R17 91W tyres (standard on Highline), though the cars wearing Pirelli Cinturato P7s were noticeably quieter over coarse surfaces than those wearing the two types of Dunlops.

Either way, the Golf retains its crown as one of the quietest cars in its class, and more than likely the quietest. Only a back-to-back test on home soil will confirm Golf’s ride and refinement promise, but the sense of luxury it exudes is palpable.

Indeed, even the base Trendline’s spec will include a stop-start system, battery regeneration, an electronic parking brake with auto-hold, tyre-pressure indicators, seven airbags, a five-inch TFT screen, and in a class first, a multi-collision braking system that will apply the brakes if the airbags are about to go off. That’s all in addition to daytime running lights, air-con, electric windows and all the usual fare.

2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review

Tick every option box and it’s amazing just how comprehensively equipped the Golf Mk7 can be. Things like adaptive cruise control, City Emergency Braking, Fatigue Detection, lane assist, progressive variable-rate steering, dynamic lights and auto park assist are still the stuff of luxury cars, not a small hatchback.

Best of all, Australian prices are expected to follow the German lead in hitting the market at exactly the same retail price as the outgoing Mk6. In other words, it will only be a matter of time before the Golf Mk7 soars up the sale charts across the globe.

What Volkswagen Australia needs, though, is a clear focus on value-for-money servicing and dealer support, combined with great reliability from the DSG dual-clutch gearbox when it reaches local showrooms in the second quarter of 2013.

In the meantime, Golf Mk7 variants will soon be coming thick and fast. As Volkswagen’s head of marketing, Jurgen Stackmann, stated, “there will be a family of Golf to make Golf even bigger in the future.” And that will include Golf GTD, GTI and a wagon in 2013, as well as a new-generation all-wheel drive Golf R later on.

The Golf is already “e-capable”, and within the next year or two, Volkswagen expects to roll out up to 40 variants across its broad stable of brands on the A3/Golf MQB platform.

2013 Volkswagen Golf Review
2013 Volkswagen Golf Review

In the meantime, though, the new Volkswagen Golf has arrived. And it’s a winner.

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  • Zaccy16

    Stepped the benchmark even higher, great job VW! the competition was already behind but now its even further back, the interior looks fantastic

    • Justincrdable

      Not sure if they are miles ahead of the Focus. I reckon this will be its biggest competition as the Focus is a great drive. Still wish they made a few more styling tweeks though, Looks to much like the last 4 models…. 

      • Luke Brinsmead

        Evolving through incremental changes is better for long term survival than evolving too quickly for short term benefit.

      • Zaccy16

        Yeah the focus is close but not there yet with engine tech and interior

        • Justincrdable

          When the Blue oval finally brings all Eco Boost engines on there cards rather than leaving buyers with the old Tech

      • Paul G

        The Focus looks OK on the outside, but the interior looks like it was designed by several different people who did not confer at any stage – too many bits, too too busy.

        • Zaccy16

          Yeah same with the fiesta and new kuga unfortunately, all three i just mentioned are great cars except for there fussy interior and low quality materials. Also another plus with the golf is that the interior caters for young and old people when the focus is just for young people

    • http://twitter.com/SamMoss8191 Sam Moss

      I agree, it’s a great all round package. The understated styling really appeals to me, and the interior adds an extra touch of class!

    • Henry Toussaint

       Especially the ribbed Leather!

    • Damian

      I hope VW are more competitive with their pricing and have a lower starting price for their torsion beam equipped Golfs.  If production costs are cut, it’s expected that at least some of these cost cuts are passed down to the consumer.

      • Zaccy16

        yeah hopefully damian, the torsion beam suspension is the only thing that worries me about the new golf

        • semi-serious

          Don’t worry. I’m sure the sheep will still buy it.

          • Beam

            Spot on mate!

  • Daniel

    Well I really like it. I think it looks good (and will most likely continue to for a long time) and Golfs are really just lovely cars to own. True they are understated, and they’re not for everyone but that’s okay! I will never understand all the Golf arguments that go on on this website. The majority of people who buy them love them which is why their sales figures keep going up. It’s a shame that some people have trouble with them, but I’ve got two in the family and they’ve been doing great for ages now. My advice would be to service them when you’re meant to. My only negative would be they need to keep this as the current model for six years now. It’s not fair to have a completely new model after four years, so I hope it won’t become a habit. 

    • O123

      Totally agree. I know a few people with golfs and they love them. 

    • Rod

       Daniel, the main reason, IMHO, that there are plenty of arguments about the Golf on this, and indeed, most, automotive websites, comes down to VW’s very questionable long term reliability and their less than stellar customer service.  The DSG is a case in point.  A very complicated piece of engineering, not completely bug free, that while it may save a few cents in fuel consumption, more than eats any savings made in fuel costs by its horrendously expensive servicing costs. 

  • Gtr-xu1

    Its sure is a winner the new Golf.At least the drivers of flat tops and towtrucks believe so.They will be the big winners.

  • Sakdjfhlajdhfladfladf

    The interior is absolute first class. I think they were right in approaching the interior design with the idea that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. I think they made it even better. The piano black trim doesn’t look over done and fits in very well. By the way, 0-100km/h 8.6 secs and 8.4 secs, I think is adequate for a daily driver. Let’s just hope no recalls this time. When is getting released in Australia?

  • Jack Lewis

    It’s handsome, but bland. I still think that the Mk5 Golf looks the best, but at least this is better than the Mk6.

  • Able

    110kW 2.0TDI that manages 4.1L/100km… Yes please! VW Aus bring back the manual please and I’ll most certainly buy one. But while I like this new Golf it does make me more excited about future VW/Skoda products.

    • Aussie

      Look forward to seeing the GTD specs. If they use the same engine as in the new A3 then we’re talking low 7s 0-100 and super frugal. So long as they get rid of the dreaded turbo lag then I’ll seriously consider one

      • Zaccy16

        yeah the gtd was one of my favourite current gen golfs!

  • yay

    Ummm … I think calling it a review is a bit misleading, how does CA give away stars when haven’t driven the car?

    • JooberJCW

      Good call, You can’t call it a review until you have been in the car and test drove it.
      Better calling this as preview or impression article.

      • TimBeissmann

        Yay and JooberJCW,

        We have definitely driven the car. CarAdvice was one of a select number of Australian media organisations to test the new Golf at its international launch in Sardinia. The extensive detail in the review above is quite clearly the result of personally test driving the car.

        Tim Beissmann

        • Aussie

           Tim what’s the lag like in the oiler?

          • TimBeissmann

            Hi Aussie

            Unlike the last TDI, which didn’t work well with a manual gearbox due to the glacial response below 1700rpm, the new one is at its best with the sweet-shifting six-speed manual (with a chubby new round gearknob, not the thin, plasticky thing from the Mk6). We tested the new TDI in fourth from 1000rpm and it pulled without shuddering (albeit slowly), but then briskly gathered pace just past 1300rpm and is truly in grunt zone thereafter. The six-speed DSG is an equally tractable and well-matched transmission to the new diesel, but given its newfound spread of power and torque, the manual TDI was the pick of the launch drivetrains. Whether it will be offered in Oz is another question…

            Greg Steele

        • yay

          good :) original photos please!

          • yay

            just want to clear the air, i don’t doubt CA’s honesty, i raised the original post because according to vw’s media service, the international launch is yet to take place on 5 to 7 of October and fair chance they might put the wrong date on it … keep up the good work!

    • Jimjbob

       yeah, sounds like someone is pi##ing in someones pocket.

  • Heath

    I really don’t understand the hype I hired a mk6 with only 6000ks on it and it was a dog, the pov pack is really slow, handles ok but the accelerator and Brake pedals offer no feel just like stepping on a brick the gearbox freaked out at low speed and stalled In a car park, but the motoring journos love em, I don’t get it, I notice the reviews are never on the base models, they always seem to be high spec models with 1000s of dollars worth of options ticked

    • Weatherbey

      Yeah reviews in general on most (if not all) cars are not on the base model with nothing added. Well, unless it’s something like a Rolls which doesn’t really have much in the way of options.

    • Legnab

      Thats because journalists know how to drive .

      • Monk

        No, they know how to write.  Something that can’t be said for you.

      • Guest

        Joke of the decade!

      • Phil

        I guess you’re not a journalist then…

        • Legnab

          Dont give up your day job, weak joke .

          • Phil

            Well, you didn’t exactly give me any strong material to work off of…

      • Heath Russell

        when its an automatic gearbox and it stalls in a carpark there is definately something not right.

      • Heath Russell

        when its an automatic gearbox and it stalls in a carpark there is definately something not right.

  • bodybyvi

    Thank you  I know few people love this golf

    • Nasal Explorer

      You know there’s a difference between saying “few people” and “a few people”. Which do you mean?

  • Glenn59

    Sounds like it will blow away the opposition.  Can’t wait to see a test of the GTI. 

  • Haplesspossum

    My Mk6 Golf’s interior looks ancient compared to this. Gorgeous inside.

    • Rightindicators

       If it was a Merc, they call it CLASSIC. Cheer up you got a CLASSIC.

  • http://5reasonreviews.com/

    Looking forward to this car – will be most interested to find out where the Australian versions will be built

  • F1orce

    I’m waiting to see how the Golf R & Scirocco-R turn out. 

  • Redbaron

    They are excellent cars, but I do think that VW gets a free ride with auto journalists. If this was any other maker they would be saying “bland styling”, “uninspiring cabin” etc etc. Don’t get me wrong, they are great cars, but not as untouchable as the large car magazines would have us believe.

    • Guest

      Probably good to drive but it does have pretty bland styling. The Golf generation photos makes it stand out even more of how there isn’t much thought gone into the design of it. But that’s me. Not to mention how the $20k base model looks very similar to the $40k version albeit a lot faster. Why spend double to have a car look like the base version your neighbours bought?

      • F1orce

        I would much rather have ‘bland’ styling than crappy styling such as i30..

        But I wouldn’t compare i30 to Golf

        The Golf is certainly much higher quality and classy.. But it’s also more expensive.. So you get what you pay for.

        • Zaccy16

          yeah the golf looks more classy and grown up than the i30, i though you loved hyundais F1orce?

          • F1orce

            Did i say i hate Hyundai’s? I said the i30 had crappy styling, which it does.

            Veloster is a much better buy than i30. 

    • Bob222

      Well. its that ‘bland’ styling that makes me prefer this over a car with more ‘interesting’ or ‘contemporary’ or ‘up-to-date’ styling. Call me conservative, but I like my cars to still appeal to me after 5 years of ownership, not look outdated within a year of purchase.

  • Saltypigeon

    Is this a review or a press release? 

    • Homer

      I think it is a press relase. CAR ADVICE no longer test the car extensively the way tehyy used to do or if they still do then it’s just a brief test/ Alborz your comment here!!

  • Tom

    Shame the 1.4 twincharger was discontinued, it is a gem of an engine. Is there going to be an engine between the 1.4 and the GTI 2.0? Seems a bit odd that there is nothing around the 120-130kw mark, such as the Mazda3 SP25.

    • Jober As A Sudge

      Twin charger was a good engine but unreliable and expensive.

  • Dookie

    inside looks pretty tacky to me…must have a hsv stylist working at vdub, and they put the steering wheel on the wrong side..silly nazi’s

    • Luke Brinsmead

      VW has been privately owned for more than half a century, get over it.

  • peddy.d

    hey alborz could you possibly do a long term test of a golf? I think the golf is a great car in terms of the quality of the interior, the technology, safety and dynamics but after reading so many comments about its real world reliability i’m really reluctant to put my dollars down. I tend to keep a car beyond the expiration of the manufacturer’s warranty so peace of mind that everything mechanical doesn’t break down on me is very important

    • Force-15

      I second that motion. A long-term VW Golf test should shut a few people up… hopefully.

      • O123

        agreed, would be a great car to test

    • Legnab

      So you want them to keep it for 5 years and report back , car magazine UK has long term tests meaning 6 months .

      Every car breaks down eventually , depends on the nut behind the wheel as to correct servicing, fuel and proper non hoon driving , nothing is gauranteed in life to last , suggest maybe a tank .

      • Simon

        I don’t think you are right in saying every car breaks down eventually… provided it is serviced at the required intervals.  I agree, I was considering a Golf and actually had the MK6 Wagon (2 years ago) on order but an 8 month wait made me go Peugeot.  After reading the issues people have had with DSG I am interested to see if this is a problem with the car or with the driver and definately agree a long term test would help clear that up and not make me so hesitant.  I have had cars before for years, and serviced them every 10000km (as I do higher than average milage so always within 6 months) and they have never broken down on me.  Although the most I have kept a car is 3 years but cars aren’t built to last for long term these days as they were in the past (going back…)

        • Legnab

          First you say iam wrong, that  every car breaks down eventually, then you finish by saying cars are not built to last , they all fail in time .

          • trololololol

            Obviously you haven’t owned a 1969 Toyota corona.

          • Luke Brinsmead

            Yeah, my dad had one of those, it was simple but very reliable…right up until the engine died.

    • Tom

      One long term tester is a sample size of one – if it breaks down or is reliable, it isn’t a representative sample of every Golf produced, and is pretty meaningless. You can find lemons from any maker, it is largely the luck of the draw (beyond doing maintenance, driving in a mechanically sympathetic manner etc.) 

    • Luke Brinsmead

      Just look through TÜV reports for real world fault rate statistics. As well as Auto Express’s review. However, warranty direct and JD Power paint a slightly different picture of the reliability, I’d say combine the four and divide to get an average.

    • Robin_Graves

      Autobild in Germany do a 2 or 3 year test with controlled drivers in varied situations, then they strip the car down and measure wear etc.  They also take into account long term breakdown and repair data over a few years.  They dont take into account owners satisfaction or soft touch dashes, just pure reliability data where a broken cup holder has much less weight than a seized engine. Last year the Golf came in with the wooden spooners, shocking result.  Hyundai finished first place.  Google ‘Hyundai auf Platz eins, VW weit dahinter” – it translates to “Hyundai number one, VW miles behind”

      • Legnab

        More rubbish, and where oh where did ford finish, your beloved ford .

        Dobin more made up dribble from an ex ford  lover , now rubbing up to hundi .

        • Sumpguard

          I checked it and he is telling the truth. But then the VW owner’s forum says the same thing. Heaps of owners complaining about rattles and clunks in there.

      • Luke Brinsmead

        Autobild uses TÜV.

  • 42 = The Answer

    It hasn’t really been 4 years since the last generation. The Mk 6 was more of a re-skin of Mk 5 rather than a new generation with the continuation of the PQ35 platform. 

    • 42 = The Answer

      Looking forward to the R :)

  • Wile E Coyote

    Weight savings a good effort but the cost savings remain to be experienced.

  • Al

    Don’t get me wrong, it looks good inside and out. It will most likely drive great
    however it seems like it will turn into a Iphone like product. It gets hyped up so much every man and his dog owns one, so I think you lose a bit of it’s exclusivity. 

  • jekyl & hyde

    So is it 1056kg’s????????


    The only Golf I’d buy is a naturally aspirated Golf with either a manual transmission from any supplier or an Aisin automatic gearbox. I’d like to keep my cars for 5-10 years thanks.

    • Legnab

      Keep dreaming  , manual is one of the best DSG brilliant .

    • Sumpguard

      Too true except for the part where you’d own one. Or at least I wouldn’t .Too many horror stories from people I know that have owned them. DSG’s failing at 11,000 km’s is a long way from brilliant. Bungle is obviously easy to sell!

  • Andrew

    Really nice interior. Definitely looks best in class. I’m interested to see when the GTI will be available in Australia, how well the DSG works, & whether it will come with ACC as standard.

  • Robin_Graves

    All looks really good when its a brand new top of the range.  See if the smile is still there after a year and many trips back to the stealership.

    • Legnab

      Finally the grave robber makes his pontification, and what do we get the same dribble , no one listens to your tirades of waffle , in fact in sept 5000 peple ignored you and bought a VAG product .

      • Golfschwein

        From Mars, no one can hear you scream :)

  • TomW

    The fact this is a whole new car makes it even more inexcusable that it looks almost exactly the same as the last one. The concept of “evolution” is fine, but this is design “stagnation.”

  • jav

     Looks almost exactly the same as the current Golf so how does the current Golf look boring and dated next to this one?
    What a dumb ass reviewer!

  • Edward

    I normally cringe when the next generation looks like the last one, but the quality of the cabin is such a step up that i wouldn’t complain. Especially when a car like this is best when the styling is understated. Nice work VW!

  • Luke Brinsmead

    Modern design usually involves large wrap-around head and tail lights. Peugeot set the trend back in 1998 with the 206, the others copied.

    Remember the wrap-around sunglasses of the 1990s? The style only lasted a decade, unless you’re a golfer. Same with car design trends, if a design morphs slowly with a trend, the slower it will show it’s age.

  • BoB

    Good on them for ditching the twincharger engine because it had so many reliability issues. They could have done much worse if they had kept flogging that engine and ignoring all the complaints about it.

    Anyway, I still believe that VW’s are great in “perceived quality”…..make people go all ooooh and aaaahhh in the showroom…..but all that goes out the window once you’d owned the vehicle a few months down the track.

    • Legnab

      BOB the builder , 5000 VAG’s sold last month and they will all breakdown , funny , i thought ford and holden only built their sales on reliability , obviously not .

      Consumers buy on reputation if they have any intelligence , hence the rise in VAG sales , and the corresponding fall in crummer and falcoon sales .

      Still waiting for mine to implode , and three friends with them all over 12 months , and not a problem in site , funny .

      Maybe  consumers just got sick of the   gas guzzling , overweight , over rated , OZ bombs , that seem to litter the roadside .

      • Jober As A Sudge

        Sorry Legnab but the twincharger had major reliability problems hence why it was most likely dropped (along with the expense involved in building one). I can’t comment on the reliability of other Golf engines and they are probably ok. Too many stories from owners of the 118TSI with engines blowing (VW own mechanics will confirm it had problems). Lucky for most owners they were still under warranty. 

        • Legnab

          Slobering judge lay off the juice, you sound like a cracked record, like the grave robber , myths my friend , pure myths .

          • Akelmann

            I can’t believe people can get excited about a Golf.

          • Legnab

            My Golf certainly excites me, nothing like blasting through the Adelaide hills with your partner going to the Cafe for coffee and carrot cake, I love my golf and my carefree lifestyle. The golf is a statement about me and the fact yeah I’m a little different, I’m not like most men and I don’t care, I just love my partner and my golf

          • Legnab

            I cant believe people get excited about crummerdores and falcoons , so pedestrian with classy bogan taxi genes .

          • Barry on the tray top

            I have great respect for golfs , very reliable , have not picked on eup on the tray top for years .

          • Jober As A Sudge

            Legnab…i’m happy to show you the invoice from Denlo VW detailing the work done after a blown 118TSI engine. I’m not having a go at all Golfs

          • Barry on the tray top .

            One swallow does not maketh a summer , tell that to sapper nemo , just hauling his crummerdore off to the GM dealer now , cheap trannies , i dont know .

          • Barry on the tray top .

            AH floppy returns or is it twincharger in his crappy charger , dreaming of a 6 pack , is that beer west end .

          • Jober As A Sudge

            No…but multiple swallows do. Plenty of problems with it both here and abroad. Go check your beloved VW forums with people complaining about loss of compression and multiple engine rebuilds or piston replacement. Even VW issued a service recall (update 24S4).

  • Nelly Potato

    Hmmm…and toyota just recalled 20 odd thousand new Camrys becaus ethey might burst into flames because of faulty fule lines. The VW “recall” was just an ecu recalibration, which added a shift indicator to manual cars, improved torque below the 1750 RPM peak and also gave the car extra shove above 4000 RPM. Basically a flatter torque curve. Toyota are the recall kings and even worse, after the 8million or so cars that had to be recalled because they might burst into flames…dejavu, it turned out that the problem was known about at the factory. The recall only happened after considerable consumer pressure. Lets face it, in the modern mass production world, there is no such thing as a manufacturer who only produces A1 reliable products. Didn’t all Million Dollar plus Rolls Royces undergo a recall recently??

  • dasher

    I am always impressed by what this car promises, but I can’t bring myself to buy one due to the very poor quality and reliability survey results. I have no tolerance for unreliable cars.   Anectdotally some I know love Golfs and forgive their foibles, others can’t wait to get out of them (surprised because they believed the spin about quality).  Motoring writers should know this and issue a buyer beware.  In other words don’t own one out of warranty.  Could you imagine a $8000 dollar bill for a stuffed DSG gearbox?   I will look at it and I will enquire about extended warranty, but I suspect I’ll get cold feet again. Oh and Nelly, if you honestly believe a Golf is more reliable than a Toyota you deserve to find out for yourself.

  • Snoopy54000

     I agree with you dasher.You can’t beat Japanese Reliability in this end of the Market.I don’t know about the Golf’s sorry but we have a friend who has an A170 Mercedes which is more trouble than it’s worth currently in the workshop.I would consider Hyundai,Mazda or Toyota in this class than half to deal with Arm,Leg to fix Worries with the European Cars.

  • BP

    Even though it ticks all the boxes, it’ll only sell heaps in Australia once driveaway sales come. Otherwise 1800/Mth Max.

  • twincharger

    Your a nut Legnad.Your proud of the fact that your cars pretty quick and doesnt suck the juice.Then you do a stage 1 tune,just buy a more powerful car.

  • Legnab

    Actually uses less fuel twinbanger , 5 th gear is standard fair round town , with 400nm effortless and still getting low 8l/100k .

    Do you understand ECU upgrades 6pack  boy , spend a lot less than the $6k up to rocco power .

    Tell your imposter friend sapper nemo above you that the golf is in fine shape , did a 50min blast in the hills today , motor is perfect like all golfs , built to last .

  • twincharger

    Ok my apology Legnad,did not realise there was two Legnads.No i dont know what a ECU upgrade is im a 6 pack boy.

  • Golfschwein

    With an impostor on the trail, is it time to register your profile and get yourself a user pic, Legnab?

  • Gtr-xu1

    Habib the real cars are running around Bathurst today.

  • Robin_Graves

    More boost, more spark advance, less fuel.  Ping, knock knock, clunk.

  • Robin_Graves

    He’ll just get banned again.

  • matt

    its most amusing you have turned into a mod these days and yet you defended that troll, wow i didnt think it was possible but i think i just lost more respect for this site

  • Golfschwein

    Still struggling with your nasty, messy divorce? Cheer up, mate, not all people are bad. Get some positive vibes into ya.

  • Sumpguard

    He has. He steered clear of VAG.

  • Armnab

    Women can’t post topless here Legnab. Especially those in their 70’s so please refrain.

  • F1orce

    Yeah more boost and more spark advance = more disaster 

    GDI+TURBO = A short life! 

  • Golfschwein

    There’s a simple answer, Matt. It was a year ago, well before the moderator gig, and there was someone regularly visiting the site who would post offensive material under regulars’ names. Okay, so you mightn’t have liked Legnab, but he was only ever a relentless stirrer, not an insulter and not a name-caller. And given the choice of reading Legnab’s stuff or the other stuff, I’d go with Legnab.

Volkswagen Golf Specs

Car Details
1K MY13
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$20,680 - $23,500
Dealer Retail
$22,020 - $26,180
Dealer Trade
$16,300 - $18,800
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
320Nm @  1750rpm
Max. Power
103kW @  4200rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
5.7L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:1300  Unbrake:690
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
205/55 R16
Rear Tyres
205/55 R16
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Anti roll bar, Lower control arm
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones
Control & Handling
16 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder, Traction Control System
Cruise Control, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Engine & Transmission
Electronic Differential Lock
Radio CD with 8 Speakers
Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Power Sunroof
Mobile Phone Connectivity, Parking Distance Control, Reversing Camera, Satellite Navigation
Premium Sound System
Metallic Paint, Sports pack
Leather Upholstery
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Inner Guard
Country of Origin