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2019 Volkswagen Golf updates detailed

Volkswagen Australia has detailed the updated MY19 Golf range this week, with a smaller model range and a new base trim set to arrive in dealerships this October. The 110TSI base model has been culled, along with the manual Golf R, with the Trendline grade serving as the new entry point to the revised range...

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2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test
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2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test

Is there a more vibrant and diverse segment on the market right now than that labelled 'hot hatch'? In fact, is it technically a segment at all, but rather a broad net cast wide enough to include a $25K compact-sized Suzuki Swift Sport at one extreme and larger, circa-$80K Audi RS3s and Merc-AMG A45s at the other? And that’s just hatchbacks...


Volkswagen: Next-gen R models to be more 'extreme' - report
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Volkswagen: Next-gen R models to be more 'extreme' - report

Volkswagen says its future R-branded performance models will be more 'extreme' than the current crop, hinting at a next-generation portfolio that could include a crazy Golf R, R versions of the upcoming I.D. electric family, along with R SUVs...


2018 BMW M140i v Volkswagen Golf R comparison
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2018 BMW M140i v Volkswagen Golf R comparison

If you've got $60,000 to spend on a hot hatch, you really need to have these two at the very top of your list. They are the 2018 BMW M140i and the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R. BMW recently dropped the price of the M140i to $59,990 (plus on-road costs), meaning that it's now within earshot of the kitted-out Golf R, which is priced from $53,490 (plus on-road costs)...


2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 spied
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2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 spied

The upcoming Mercedes-AMG A35 hatchback has been spied in the snow this week, ahead of a likely Paris motor show reveal. Following the images of a camouflaged AMG A35 sedan, this latest prototype has dropped some of its disguise, showing a little more of what to expect from the mid-range hot hatch...


2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid now on sale in Australia
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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid now on sale in Australia

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Original and Golf R Grid editions have arrived in Australian showrooms, making the performance Golf more affordable than ever. Pricing kicks off at $37,490 plus on-road costs for the GTI Original, and $47,490 for the Golf R Grid...


2018 Volkswagen Golf R Wolfsburg Edition hatch review
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2018 Volkswagen Golf R Wolfsburg Edition hatch review

At $58K, the Wolfsburg Edition is all the Volkswagen Golf R you can eat. But do extra goodies without added performance make it desirable enough for the VW fan who wants it all?


2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid pricing and specs, here in January
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2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid pricing and specs, here in January

Australian pricing and specifications for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original and Golf R Grid have been released this week ahead of their arrival in January next year. Both variants significantly undercut the current entry points to the Golf GTI and Golf R ranges, providing Aussie buyers with a cheaper way into a performance Golf while also offering a simpler package for enthusiasts...


CarAdvice podcast 71: Tony Crawford reviews the Stinger!
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CarAdvice podcast 71: Tony Crawford reviews the Stinger!

In the studio this week is Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Dave Zalstein. Paul has his say on Victoria Police's choice on its next patrol car being a BMW 530d. Also in car news, Ford Fiesta has been axed in the US, and Australian prospects are still unclear...


Volkswagen Australia's hot hatch onslaught
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Volkswagen Australia's hot hatch onslaught

Australian buyers purchase more Volkswagen hot hatches per capita than almost every other market worldwide, giving the company's local arm an excuse to roll out new models and special editions over the next year or so. Around 25 per cent of all Golfs sold here, for instance, wear GTI or R badges...


2018 Volkswagen Golf R wagon quick drive
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2018 Volkswagen Golf R wagon quick drive

The Volkswagen Golf R wagon becomes a fully-fledged offering in Australia from early 2018. But we're in Germany for the Frankfurt motor show, so we may as well have an early steer.


2018 Seat Leon Cupra R revealed
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2018 Seat Leon Cupra R revealed

The 2018 Seat Leon Cupra R has been revealed, ahead of its public debut at next week's Frankfurt motor show. Limited to 799 units, Spain's hottest hot hatch features an uprated version of the Leon Cupra's 2.0-litre turbo four, pumping out 228kW of power in six-speed manual form, and 220kW when equipped with the six-speed DSG self-shifter...


Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid to sharpen Australian prices
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Original, Golf R Grid to sharpen Australian prices

New Volkswagen Golf GTI Original and Golf R Grid models will touch down in Australia soon, the German car maker has revealed. Both models will join their respective lines as new price leaders, opening the GTI and R badges up to buyers shopping on a tighter budget...


Volkswagen rally boss returns to run R division
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Volkswagen rally boss returns to run R division

One of the key figures behind Volkswagen's dominant return to the World Rally Championship (WRC) has been appointed managing director of the German manufacturer's ever-popular 'R' performance arm. Volkswagen has announced that, effective June 1, Jost Capito will head up Volkswagen R GmbH, despite leaving his post as Volkswagen’s director of motorsport in August 2016 to take up the position of CEO of McLaren Racing just one month later...


2017 Volkswagen Golf R pricing and specs: Wagons and Wolfsburgs return to local line-up
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2017 Volkswagen Golf R pricing and specs: Wagons and Wolfsburgs return to local line-up

Pricing and specifications for the wider 2017 Volkswagen Golf '7.5' R range have been revealed this week ahead of its August arrival, marking the return of the limited-edition Wolfsburg models, while the more practical wagon version is back as a permanent member of the family from January 2018...


2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI, R pricing and specs: Three-door GTI returns, Golf R wagon too - UPDATE
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2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI, R pricing and specs: Three-door GTI returns, Golf R wagon too - UPDATE

Update: Volkswagen Australia has said the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R wagon could include a manual version. See bottom of article for details Local pricing and specifications for the 2017 Volkswagen Golf GTI and R performance range have been detailed this week, ahead of an expected arrival in mid-August...


2017 Volkswagen Golf R Performance pack could come to Australia
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2017 Volkswagen Golf R Performance pack could come to Australia

The facelifted 2017 Volkswagen Golf R will soon be offered in Europe with a Performance option, and although not yet confirmed for Australia, the company's local arm says it is far from written off. In a short clip released in March, the German company teases several performance-oriented options that will allow owners to "squeeze even more out of your new Golf R"...


2017 Volkswagen Golf R, GTI, 110TDI Highline wagon: Australian details - UPDATE
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2017 Volkswagen Golf R, GTI, 110TDI Highline wagon: Australian details - UPDATE

Australia details have been revealed for the newly updated 2017 Volkswagen Golf R and GTI sports models, along with the 110TDI wagon - although pricing will not be confirmed until next month. Forming part of the wider Golf '7.5' update due here in May, the updated models were revealed late last year: November for the GTI and core range, and December for the hero R...


Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R to be offered with optional Oettinger extras
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Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R to be offered with optional Oettinger extras

Oettinger may not be a name familiar to you unless you're a fan of all things German, but the Teutonic accessories specialist has been adapting versions of the Volkswagen Golf for as long as it has been around. And it's a name that may become more familiar in Australia in the coming years..


2017 Volkswagen Golf R revealed with new looks, more power
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2017 Volkswagen Golf R revealed with new looks, more power

The updated 2017 Volkswagen Golf '7.5' range has been joined this week by the anticipated 2017 Golf R flagship models, not revealed with the wider range in November. As expected, the R hatches (which still includes a three-door option in Europe) and wagon pick up the same styling tweaks gifted to the rest of the line-up, including new bumpers and updated LED lighting at both ends...