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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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CARADVICE RATING 8.5
FUEL ECONOMY 5.2/100km
SEAT 5
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Volkswagen Golf Reviews

2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI review

Volkswagen’s hot-hatch icon steps up in performance and equipment as it plots a fightback against tough new opposition.

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...

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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

2019 Ford Focus v Volkswagen Golf comparison

When it comes to small cars, Australians have consistently shown their affinity for Japanese models – especially the Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3. And in the last decade or so, the love has spread to Korean cars – notably the Hyundai i30. That’s left European contenders such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf – models that perform so outstandingly in their own market (and the UK) – to conduct their own private, best-of-the-rest sales war...

Hyundai i30 N v Renault Megane RS v Volkswagen Golf GTI comparison

Renault and Volkswagen engineers had the great minds to think alike in 1976. Each group took their respective manufacturer’s humble three-door hatchback and beefed up it with go-faster components – creating a whole new breed of affordable performance car for enthusiasts...

2018 Toyota Corolla v Volkswagen Golf comparison

The new Toyota Corolla took us aback when it arrived a few months ago. Far from familiar, its maker has driven the market's top-selling passenger car down a bolder path. Its design is edgier, its handling sharper, its safety tech leads the class, and a hybrid drivetrain is available at all specification levels. And it’s more expensive...

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Volkswagen Golf News

CarAdvice podcast 147: From Holland to Australia in a Golf EV

On this week's podcast, you are joined by Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey – check out our new CarAdvice beanies below! In car news, Great Wall has confirmed it's building an electric ute, Nissan has added a five-year warranty, Labor has set an 'ambitious' 50% EV sales target for 2030, and the 2020 Ford Kuga and Escape have been revealed...

Volkswagen Golf Mk8 launching Q3 2020 in Oz

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed it's still expecting the eighth-generation Golf range during the third quarter of 2020, following reports out of Europe its launch will be delayed due to 'technical glitches'. Speaking with CarAdvice, Paul Pottinger, communications boss for Volkswagen Australia, said regardless of the reported delays, the local arm should launch the next-gen Golf between June and August next year...

2018-19 Volkswagen Golf recalled

Volkswagen Australia has recalled the 2018-19 Golf, over concerns about the rear seat bench. According to the company, the welded connection of the rear-seat bench might not be correctly connected. In an accident, there's a risk the rear seat headrest won't be fully effective, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant...

2020 Volkswagen Golf spied

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf has been snapped once again by photographers, this time during cold weather testing on the snowy roads of Europe. Compared to the basically undisguised vehicle spied recently, this prototype is wearing a full body wrap, though the overall silhouette and lighting units are visible...

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Volkswagen Golf Owner Reviews

2018 Volkswagen Golf R review

I think it is sluggish, especially when taking off. The rest I recommend. It handles very well, with plenty of space inside the cabin. This is my second VW, and the first one was a 2.0-litre turbo diesel I loved. But the dream was always the R, so my wife bought me one. But coming from other sports cars, my personal opinion is it should have more power...

2011 Volkswagen Golf 118TSI Comfortline review

I won't bore you too much with my rationale for purchasing this car, but I was on the hunt for a hatchback to comfortably ferry a disabled parent, drive to work and attend sporting fixtures, all predominantly in the inner city. If I'd frequented any VW forums, I probably would've ruled out the twincharged engine...

2017 Volkswagen Golf 110TSI Highline review

We’ve had the car well over a year now and we have travelled nearly 30,000km including a road trip from Brisbane to Sydney and back with our family of five. We are so glad to have optioned the driver assistance package which has not only made the car safe for our family, but also a pleasure to drive and should help resale value as this is now standard on the new Golf Highline...

2011 Volkswagen Golf 77TSI review

I’ve always thought of the Volkswagen Golf as the McDonald’s Cheeseburger of the hatchback world. It’s not the tastiest, the fanciest or the most embellished option on the market, but it’s time-tested, solid and you know exactly what you’re getting when you buy one...

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Volkswagen Golf Galleries

2020 Volkswagen Golf spied

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