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Volkswagen Golf GTI gearbox comparison : Manual v DSG

The Volkswagen Golf GTI is currently, and has long been, one of the best and most popular examples of the hot-hatch formula – as much as many would like to argue the point...

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Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX STI v Audi S3 v Volkswagen Golf R
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Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX STI v Audi S3 v Volkswagen Golf R

The new Subaru WRX STI has a lot to live up to, especially now that we know the garden variety WRX is a significantly better car than the old model in every way. The early signs are good, because the STI in Premium guise, as tested here, immediately ramps up the bang-for-your-buck factor. At $54,990 (or $49,990 if you forgo luxury kit), it’s a massive $10,000 cheaper than the model it replaces...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Comparison : Manual v DSG

Which transmission is best, stick or paddles? David Zalstein and Tony Crawford tackle the question using one of the world's best and most popular hot-hatches, the Volkswagen Golf GTI.


Audi S3 v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R: $60K all-wheel-drive shoot-out
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Audi S3 v Subaru WRX STI v Volkswagen Golf R: $60K all-wheel-drive shoot-out

Subaru's latest WRX STi is out to find a broader audience, while the new Golf R and S3 are faster and sportier than ever before - so, which has found the sweet spot?


Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition: A 279kW apprentice special for 2014 Wörthersee show
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition: A 279kW apprentice special for 2014 Wörthersee show

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Wolfsburg Edition has been created by 12 VW apprentices for this year's Wörthersee festival. Starting with a Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance as its base, the apprentices have honed the car's looks and provided it with a lot more oomph. Under the bonnet there's a tuned version of the Golf R's 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo digitally revealed
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo digitally revealed

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo has been unveiled in digital form ahead of its launch into the world of video games and cyberspace in June. Teased in sketches at the beginning of this week, the video and images reveal the racing concept inside and out, pushing the limits of the Golf GTI design DNA...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Roadster : 375kW/665Nm supercar headed for Wörthersee
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Roadster : 375kW/665Nm supercar headed for Wörthersee

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo is literally a video game fantasy come to life. Despite being designed specially for the two-dimensional world of the new Gran Turismo PlayStation racing game, the hot-hatch-inspired supercar will debut in the flesh at next week’s Wörthersee Festival in Austria...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance concept built by apprentices to debut at Wörthersee show
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance concept built by apprentices to debut at Wörthersee show

A new Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance concept car built by apprentices will debut at the 2014 Wörthersee gathering in Austria at the end of May. The new concept has been teased in a photograph with its 12 apprentice creators ahead of the car's unveiling at the annual Volkswagen Group meet, and while the image gives little away in terms of what to expect from the car, it's clear the concept has been designed to appeal to younger enthusiasts, as all of the apprentices are aged between 18 and 23...


Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS: Track test
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Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS: Track test

Reigning Renault hot-hatch comes under fire on two fronts, as Subaru and Volkswagen attempt to dethrone it in a straight line and around a racetrack.


Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS265
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Sports car comparison : Subaru WRX v Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance v Renault Megane RS265

Rewind two decades and the Subaru WRX was the affordable performance king, its launch immaculately timed with the rise of Playstation rally games and the temporary demise of hot-hatches. By the end of the 1990s the Peugeot 306 GTi had died, while the Volkswagen Golf GTI had become a softie. Not long into the new millenium, though, a hot-hatch reprise was led by a reborn Golf GTI, and the tables turned...


Volkswagen Golf Wagon R-Line package revealed
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Volkswagen Golf Wagon R-Line package revealed

The Volkswagen Golf Wagon could soon be a little bit sexier, thanks to the brand adding a new R-Line option for the small load-lugger. The Golf Wagon's R-Line styling package includes revised front and rear bumpers, new side skirts, 18-inch alloys and a new R-Line grille, not to mention fog-lights, a roof-top rear spoiler and rear diffuser...


Volkswagen Golf 90TSI Review : Long-term report one
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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. Volkswagen Australia sales continue to boom, however, though the car maker has also admitted it needs to focus on improving its standings in quality and service satisfaction surveys...

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$21,490

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

Matt Campbell drives the new Mazda 3 and Volkswagen 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...