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Volkswagen Golf 90TSI Review : Long-term report one
  • Smooth and punchy powertrain; class-leading cabin quality; digital speedo; value in base spec
  • No USB iPod connection; small steel wheels on 90TSi

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9 / 10

Price $21,490 ANCAP Rating
10

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Volkswagen Golf 90TSI Review : Long-term report one

I haven’t deliberately bought a Volkswagen Golf for a scientific test, but it’s fair to say my ownership experience will be interesting considering the German brand generates plenty of lively debate, particularly in Australia...

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Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept – 295kW, 0-100 in 3.9 seconds
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Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept – 295kW, 0-100 in 3.9 seconds

The Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept has been designed to show off the full performance capability of the latest-generation German hatchback. Sketches of the mega-hatch have been released ahead of its debut later this month at the 2014 Beijing motor show, where it will present with a supercar-rivalling acceleration time of 3.9 seconds. That shaves 1...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Review
Rating: 910 /10
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Review

If, before, it was a tough choice between the Golf GTI and the all-wheel-drive R, the arrival of the intermediate Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance will simplify your decision … or make it even more difficult. It all depends on your priorities – and your reasons for buying one variant over the other...

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$48,490

2014 Volkswagen Golf R Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2014 Volkswagen Golf R Review

Meet the quickest, most powerful Golf ever to wear the badge – the 2014 Volkswagen Golf R DSG. It’s claimed the six-speed dual-clutch version hits 100km/h from rest in 5.0sec dead and, after belting the launch-control equipped hot hatch across Victoria’s Yarra Ranges, we don’t doubt it. Meanwhile, the 206kW 2...

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$51,990 to $54,490

Volkswagen Golf R pricing and specifications
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Volkswagen Golf R pricing and specifications

The fastest and most powerful Golf in history, the Volkswagen Golf R, has launched in Australia from $51,990. The optional six-speed ‘DSG’ dual-clutch transmission again adds $2500 over the standard six-speed manual, making the auto version $54,490...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance launches from $48,490
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance launches from $48,490

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance has launched in Australia from $48,490 – $500 higher than planned when preliminary pricing was announced in September. The $500 price rise also applies to the regular Golf GTI, which now costs $41,990 in six-speed manual form and $44,490 with the optional six-speed ‘DSG’ dual-clutch automatic transmission...


Volkswagen Golf :: mystery high-performance hatch spotted at the Nurburgring
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Volkswagen Golf : mystery high-performance hatch spotted at the Nurburgring

A mysterious, more aggressive variant of the Volkswagen Golf has been spied on and around the Nurburgring circuit in Germany, hinting that a hotter version of the popular hatchback could be in the pipeline...


Volkswagen Golf R wagon spied
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Volkswagen Golf R wagon spied

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped a Volkswagen Golf R wagon prototype undergoing testing in Germany. Despite appearing entirely production-ready, Volkswagen is reportedly still making up its mind about the Golf R wagon, with the car’s test driver revealing the high-performance estate hasn’t been signed off for production at this stage...


Volkswagen Golf, Beetle R-Line packages coming soon
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Volkswagen Golf, Beetle R-Line packages coming soon

Volkswagen R-Line packages are now available to order for the Golf and Beetle small cars in Australia. The Golf R-Line package can be optioned on the $31,990 Golf 103TSI Highline and $34,490 Golf 110TDI Highline models at a cost of $2200...


Volkswagen Golf GTD ruled out for Australia
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Volkswagen Golf GTD ruled out for Australia

The new-generation Volkswagen Golf GTD will not be sold in Australia. Hot on the heels of reports there will soon be a diesel-powered Ford Focus ST, CarAdvice has learned that Volkswagen Australia is not planning to offer its Golf GTD diesel hot-hatch, which is essentially an oil-burning twin to the Golf GTI, anytime soon...


Volkswagen Golf Wagon Review
Rating: 910 /10
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Volkswagen Golf Wagon Review

The new Volkswagen Golf wagon really is 'all-new' this time around. Where the previous Mk6 model was effectively a 2005-era Mk5 with a new nose and door trims, this new Mk7 version is truly a Golf hatchback, with simply a bigger, square-backed boot. With a choice of three trim grades and three turbocharged four-cylinder engines, the new Golf wagon range exactly aligns with the Golf hatch...

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$25,540 to $36,340

Mazda 3 v Volkswagen Golf : Comparison Review
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Mazda 3 v Volkswagen Golf : Comparison Review

The new third-generation Mazda 3 has arrived, and there's little doubt it will be a hit with buyers. The question harder to answer is whether it can topple the Volkswagen Golf as the top-rated small car in the class. With Volkswagen claiming almost half of all Golf buyers choose the most affordable 90TSI Trendline variant, and Mazda citing a 40 per cent slice of the total pie for its entry-level 3 Neo, it took little time to decide that a base-model showdown would be best...


Volkswagen Golf GTE : Plug-in hybrid hot-hatch revealed
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Volkswagen Golf GTE : Plug-in hybrid hot-hatch revealed

Tagged a sporty plug-in hybrid, the Volkswagen Golf GTE will join the existing GTI and GTD  variants in the Mk7 hatchback range at next month’s Geneva motor show. The Golf GTE – the ‘E’ stands for ‘Electric’ – combines some of the sports styling cues of the Golf GTI hot-hatch with the petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain of the Audi A3 e-tron that’s due to launch later this year...


Volkswagen Golf Alltrack : rugged wagon variant on local radar
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Volkswagen Golf Alltrack : rugged wagon variant on local radar

A hard-wearing, high-riding Volkswagen Golf Alltrack variant will join the German manufacturer's popular small car line-up, and the local division is keen to introduce the wagon-based model to Australia. Confirming plans for the rugged Golf wagon, Volkswagen Australia communications general manager Karl Gehling told CarAdvice the forthcoming Golf Alltrack is one of the variants under consideration for our market...


Volkswagen Golf wagon Pricing and specifications
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Volkswagen Golf wagon Pricing and specifications

Starting at $25,540, the new Volkswagen Golf wagon has joined its hatch sibling in local showrooms. Matching the line-up of the all-new Mk7 Golf on which it is based, except without manual transmission availability, the Volkswagen Golf wagon teams three trim specification levels with three turbocharged four-cylinder engines – two 1...


Mazda 3 Neo v VW Golf 90TSI Video Comparison Review
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Mazda 3 Neo v VW Golf 90TSI Video Comparison Review

Matt Campbell drives the new Mazda 3 and VW Golf back to back to decide which is best.


Volkswagen Golf GTE : performance plug-in hybrid rumoured
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Volkswagen Golf GTE : performance plug-in hybrid rumoured

Volkswagen is reportedly planning to build on its GTI hot-hatch origins with a new futuristic plug-in hybrid performance variant dubbed the Golf GTE. UK publication Autocar reports the German brand is planning to develop the new Golf GTE model using the same powerplant as is seen in sister brand Audi's A3 e-tron. That car features a 1...


Volkswagen Golf R Evo : 275kW concept tipped for Beijing debut
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Volkswagen Golf R Evo : 275kW concept tipped for Beijing debut

An extreme hot-hatch dubbed the Volkswagen Golf R Evo is expected to preview future high-performance powertrain and construction technologies from the German manufacturer at April's Beijing motor show. Autocar reports the Golf R Evo concept will be powered by a significantly uprated version of the production car’s turbocharged 2...


Members slam ADAC over rigged Volkswagen Golf award
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Members slam ADAC over rigged Volkswagen Golf award

Members of Europe's largest and most influential car club, ADAC, have slammed the organisation after it was revealed the results of its survey naming Germany's favourite car were manipulated. ADAC communications director Michael Ramstetter has resigned after admitting that he meddled with the results of the club’s renowned ‘Yellow Angel’ award for Germany’s favourite car, which was presented to the Volkswagen Golf last week...


Volkswagen : "We need electric cars"
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Volkswagen : "We need electric cars"

Volkswagen admits it has become a necessity to join the electric car race in order to satisfy ever-tightening emission regulations. Speaking with CarAdvice at the Detroit auto show, Volkswagen Group of America CEO and president Michael Horn confessed that Volkswagen had changed its stance on electric cars. “I think we have to play in all fields [now], clearly,” Horn said...


Premium hatch comparison: Audi A3 v BMW 1 Series v Mercedes-Benz A-Class v Alfa Romeo Giulietta v Volkswagen Golf v Volvo V40
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Premium hatch comparison: Audi A3 v BMW 1 Series v Mercedes-Benz A-Class v Alfa Romeo Giulietta v Volkswagen Golf v Volvo V40

‘Premium’ is perhaps the word most difficult to define in the automotive lexicon. To some, it may be about delivering an image above the mainstream and the connotations of a badge; to others it may be about the tangibles of a product and the engineering behind the façade...


Volkswagen Golf not to blame for death of Melbourne woman: coroner
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Volkswagen Golf not to blame for death of Melbourne woman: coroner

A Victorian coroner has ruled there were no systematic safety faults with the Volkswagen Golf being driven by a woman who died in a crash in Melbourne in 2011. Coroner Heather Spooner said there was no evidence that the 2008 Volkswagen Golf of 32-year-old Melissa Ryan suddenly lost power, suggesting it was more likely that she was distracted by a hands-free telephone conversation she was having at the time of the crash...


2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI Video Review
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2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI Video Review

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Hot hatch comparison: Volkswagen Golf GTI v Ford Focus ST v Renault Sport Megane 265
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Hot hatch comparison: Volkswagen Golf GTI v Ford Focus ST v Renault Sport Megane 265

It’s rare that a higher-specification variant of a popular mainstream car would be the best-seller in the range, but that tells you much about the enduring status and appeal of the Volkswagen Golf GTI. With one in four Golfs driving out of VW showrooms wearing the revered three-letter badge, the GTI is almost ubiquitous on Australian streets...


2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review
Rating: 910 /10
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2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

It remains the consummate all-round hot-hatch, despite the all-new Volkswagen Golf GTI now being less affordable and packed with some new technology that isn’t explicitly for the better. Where the entry sticker to Golf GTI ownership was previously $38,990 for the three-door, the new five-door-only range starts at $41,490 plus on-road costs (read full specifications here)...

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Volkswagen Golf GTI $41,490, Performance Pack $47,990
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Volkswagen Golf GTI $41,490, Performance Pack $47,990

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7 has landed in Australia priced $2500 higher than before. But the Mark VII generation is no longer available locally as a three-door, the now five-door-only range starting at $41,490 for the six-speed manual or $43,990 with the six-speed dual-clutch ‘DSG’ automatic, meaning the effective price rise is $1000 over the previous five-door...


Volkswagen Golf GTI: three-door dropped from local Mk7 line-up
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Volkswagen Golf GTI: three-door dropped from local Mk7 line-up

The all-new Volkswagen Golf GTI will be available exclusively as a five-door model in Australia following confirmation from the local division that it has axed the three-door body style. Volkswagen Australia broke the news of the three-door's discontinuation on its Facebook page while teasing the new Mk7 Golf GTI, which lands in showrooms next month...


Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan concept: next-gen Golf Plus previewed
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Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan concept: next-gen Golf Plus previewed

The Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan concept has been revealed ahead of its premiere at tomorrow's Frankfurt motor show, previewing the successor to the Golf Plus. Spied last month, the five-seat Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan concept measures in at 4338mm long, 1870mm wide and 1578mm high and rides on a 2685mm wheelbase...


Volkswagen Golf GTI: price hike but more gear for Mk7
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Volkswagen Golf GTI: price hike but more gear for Mk7

The new-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI will get a price hike but gain extra equipment, according to leaked information obtained by CarAdvice. VW's hot-hatch has made a name for itself since the 1970s for delivering affordable performance, though the seventh-generation version that launches on 1st October will be less attainable...


Volkswagen Golf Review: 90TSI
Rating: 1010 /10
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Volkswagen Golf Review: 90TSI

The arrival of the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf marked an evolutionary design almost 40 years in the making. While it’s unmistakeably Golf, the newest incarnation of Volkswagen’s all-time best seller incorporates a myriad of visual changes and under-body improvements that should guarantee the Golf VII has a longer shelf life than its version VI predecessor, which made its local debut in 2009...

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$21,490 to $37,490