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2015 Volkswagen Passat 132TSI review

After owning a 2009 TDI Golf and then the slightly larger 2013 TDI 2.0 Jetta I decided to upgrade yet again in April 2016 and purchased an ex-demo 132TSI Passat (2015 build) with a little over 400km on the clock. With just over 14,000km now travelled locally plus, three interstate trips, we're both absolutely thrilled with the comfort, quietness, feel and the economy...

2012 Volkswagen Polo GTi Review

After owning a Ford Falcon XR6 for over three years, I thought it was time for a change. I decided to go for a 2012 Volkswagen Polo GTI with a seven-speed DSG, and what a change it was. Everything about the Polo, from the engine note to the interior, screams refinement. It has a little 1.4-litre four-cylinder unit that pumps out 132kW of power and 250Nm of torque...

2010 Volkswagen Tiguan 125TSI review

When the Volkswagen Tiguan went on sale in Australia back in 2008, it seemed to take the market by force, at least from where I was sitting. No longer were the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV-4 and the Land Rover Freelander kings of the medium SUV world...

2008 Volkswagen Golf GTi Review

I was looking to buy a first car which would be fun and looked good but would also never let me down. It was safe to say it was love at first sight when I saw my car. It had everything I wanted in a car, plus a few optional extras hard to find in cars in the 14 to 15 thousand dollar range, such as sun roof; sat nav and premium sound system...

2003 Volkswagen Golf GTi review

As a teenager, it seems few things actually matter in life – having a ‘fully sick’ turbocharged car is one of the few things you think actually does matter. Here in South Australia, as well as in a number of other states, turbocharged cars were outlawed for P-platers because, it's believed, that tiny little bit of boost was too much for the small minds and feeble hands of rookie drivers to manage...

2016 Volkswagen Golf 92 TSI Comfortline review

Before I purchased my new Golf TSI Comfortline in March this year, I spent many hours searching various motoring websites for car reviews, and Forum sites for a list of cars that might suit me (e.g.; Mazda3, Kia Cerato, Hyundai i30 and Elantra, Toyota Corolla – and I even test-drove a Kia Si Sportage Diesel)...

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTi Performance Review

Traditionally I have been a loyal Subaru fan (WRX and Liberty GT & 3.6R) but you outgrow the Subaru range. I read all the media hype regarding the VW Golf and took the plunge with a red VW Golf GTI Performance Pack with HP bump, R brakes, Dual Xenon’s and LED, LSD, Alcantara and Adaptive Chassis Control. At just over 2 years in, I am still in love...

2016 Volkswagen Golf 92TSI Review

The Volkswagen Golf is a really well put together and great handling small car let down by a clunky dual-clutch gearbox. We purchased this basest of base model 92TSI Golfs as an ex-demo with around 4k on the odometer for $22,000 dollars - pricing that seems pretty competitive with other small cars on the market, discounting what will probably be higher servicing costs...

2016 Volkswagen Multivan Highline TDI450 4motion Review

Things were different in the '70s when I first got my licence. Back then you drove a Ford Falcon or a Holden Kingswood, maybe a Valiant if you wanted something unusual. European cars were for rich people and Japanese cars were cheap and nasty according to drivers of proper Aussie made cars, myself included...

2016 Volkswagen Passat 132 TSI Review

When looking for an alternative to my FG XR6 turbo Falcon, I hadn't considered the new B8 Passat until I saw one in the flesh. Much better than the pictures indicate. However the small 1.8 turbo petrol was a concern but after a test drive I was sold. The performance was amazing (with the standard 7-speed DSG) and also helped by the fact that it was almost 400kg lighter than my beloved Falcon...

1970 Volkswagen 1500 (beetle) Review

This is my Dad's car which has been in the family since 1970. It was originally bought for my uncle but he swapped it with my dad for a 1969 Kombi when he needed more room for the kids. My old man has had it ever since. We recently restored it as it was getting a bit tired after 40-odd years as a daily driver and four or five learner drivers...