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There wasn't much wrong with the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf, but the new 7.5 version borders on perfection. It's quite possibly the best all-round hatchback ever built.
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LIST PRICE From $34,490
CARADVICE RATING 8.5
FUEL ECONOMY 5.2/100km
SEAT 5
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Volkswagen Golf Reviews

The Cars of Tourrettes

How do you capture the essence of a city or town? What makes a particular place hum, sing and buzz? Is it the people? The culture? The architecture? Food? It is, of course, all of these things. And more. For us at CarAdvice, it is, unsurprisingly, also the cars. We are privileged to travel around the world for our job, visiting cities, countries and far-flung corners we might otherwise never see in our lives...

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original review

It's the most affordable Golf GTI in over 10 years, but does the Original prove that less is indeed more?

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original: Quick drive

The 'purist' GTI is back. Three doors, limited options, and a good whack cheaper than the regular model. That's the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original. Volkswagen's Australian arm confirmed the new $37,490 offering in August last year, after having first offered the GTI Performance Edition 1 three-door at just over $10,000 more than the Original...

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?

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Volkswagen Golf Videos

2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test Video, Part 2: Road

Welcome to Part Two video feature for our recent 2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test. To recap, we've assembled three all-wheel drives and three front-drivers from non-premium marques, with pricing ranging from $43k (i30 N) through to $57,690 (STI Spec R). It's a rich and diverse field with each competitor representing its maker's fastest and most fun-filled efforts...

2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test, Part 1: Track

It's time. With some new entries in the Australian scene, it's time to pull together some of the most compelling hot hatches to see which is most deserving.  ...

2018 Hyundai i30 N v VW Golf GTI Original 3-door: Full comparison

We've put the new Hyundai i30 N up against the Volkswagen Golf GTI five-door, but how does it go against this more affordable three-door option? Let's find out.

2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Original review

It seems that just about every company is doing a hot hatch these days, from Hyundai to Mercedes-Benz. However, there is only one original, and that's the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The nameplate has been around for over four decades now, and those three letters continue to represent sports car performance mixed with everyday drivability and practicality...

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Volkswagen Golf Comparisons

2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test Video, Part 2: Road

Welcome to Part Two of the video feature for our recent 2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test. To recap, we've assembled three all-wheel-drivers and three front-drivers from non-premium marques, with pricing ranging from $43k (i30 N) through to $57,690 (STI Spec R). It's a rich and diverse field with each competitor representing its maker's fastest and most fun-filled efforts...

2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test Video, Part 1: Track

We pit five of the best turbo hot hatches - and one wildcard sedan - against one another to find out which is the fastest and most fun small rocketship for under $60k. In this video we test outright performance and lap times...

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...

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Volkswagen Golf News

Can you handbrake turn with an e-parking brake?

Electric park brakes are more compact than their mechanical counterparts, can automatically activate/deactivate, and make life easier for the vast majority of everyday drivers. But they have removed one element of the average petrolhead's (closed road/private course) repertoire – the handbrake turn...

Mk2 Golf GTI vs Up! GTI drag race - video

The new Volkswagen Up! GTI has been hailed as something of a spiritual successor to the Mk1 or Mk2 Golf GTI. It's light, makes a similar amount of power and, unlike the Polo and Golf GTI in Australia, is offered with a manual transmission. Which is faster, though? With 86kW on tap from a 1...

Volkswagen Golf Mk8 could drop wagon variant - report

The next-generation Volkswagen Golf, due to commence production next year, looks set to shake up the small car segment with cutting-edge technology and powertrains, though the model range could look a little different to what's currently available. A new report by the UK's Autocar claims the Mk8 Golf could have some big things in the works, and move further upmarket in terms of available technologies and interior ambience...

CarAdvice podcast 118: The man who put an R32 V6 engine into a Kombi

Joining Mandy Turner this week is Mike Stevens and Scott Collie. In car news, Jaguar Land Rover has designed a self-driving pod with 'virtual eyes', Honda has decided to take a step back from electric cars, Audi has halted production of the RS3, and the 2019 Kia ProCeed has been teased...

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Volkswagen Golf Owner Reviews

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance review

For 40 years the VW Golf GTI has been the hot hatch to beat. It’s practical, good value and fast – in that order. This enticing combination of qualities makes it a great choice for car enthusiasts that also need to haul a family and want a comfortable ride, i.e. most of us. My choice, the Performance (P) variant of the GTI turns this package up to 11, delivering even more pep for your buck...

2018 Volkswagen Golf R review

I recently sold my Audi TTS and was looking to get back into something with similar speed but with four doors. With someone in my family just purchasing a brand-new Audi S3, and seeing the performance of the car as well as the everyday usability of it, it got me thinking...

2018 Volkswagen Golf R Grid Edition review

The decision to finally buy a Golf R Grid was a long process. I consider myself a car nutcase that loves reading and researching any car that sparks interest. After annoying the car dealers with all the test drives, along with endless watching and reading of car reviews from all over the world, I came to the conclusion the Golf R Grid was for me...

2001 Volkswagen Golf GL review

My 1J Golf was not a car I intended to own for six years and counting. It was 2012 and I was wrapping up my first enjoyable full-time job to return to uni at a fresh-faced age of 21. I had earlier flicked my 2008 Subaru Impreza for multiple reasons (including my discovery of its less than stellar crash history – courtesy of the original owner) and was saving money by using the family Subaru L-series...

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