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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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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR unveiled

The production version of the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR has been unveiled, and it looks identical to the concept car displayed at Worthersee event in May 2018. Under the bonnet the TCR has a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 213kW of power to its name, up from 180kW available in the GTI Performance...

Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Passat CC added to Takata recall

Volkswagen Australia has recalled the Mk6 Golf, 'B6' Passat, and Passat CC as part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall. Affected units span the 2009 through 2016 model years depending on nameplate, affecting both the driver and passenger front airbags. Like previous Takata recalls, the fault revolves around degraded airbag propellant as a result of exposure to high temperatures and humidity over time...

2020 Volkswagen Golf sketch revealed

A sketch previewing the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf was displayed during the brand's annual session in Wolfsburg, Germany, this week. The teaser seems to confirm speculation the new Golf will feature a slimline set of headlights. Elsewhere we can see the trailing edge of the rear door will, once again, mirror the shape of the tailgate aperture, tail-light housing and bumper edges...

2019 Volkswagen Golf pricing and specs

Volkswagen has announced pricing and specs for revised 2019 Golf range, now featuring fewer variants and a $24,990 starting price. The new range kicks off with the 110TSI Trendline, priced from $24,990 before on-road costs in manual guise. Speccing the seven-speed DSG adds $2500, while the DSG-only wagon is priced from $28,990 plus ORCs...

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...

2019 Volkswagen Golf R, Golf R Special Edition pricing and specs

Volkswagen Australia has announced pricing and specs for the 2019 Golf R, revealing it will also offer a limited-run Golf R Special Edition from November with a louder exhaust and a few choice performance upgrades. The headline act in the Special Edition, of which just 400 units will be available locally, is a titanium exhaust from Akrapovic...

Hot hatches have jumped the shark, and we deserve better

I despise the phrase 'jumped the shark'. It comes from a late episode of Happy Days, where Fonzie literally jumps over a shark on water skis – at least, that's what Wikipedia told me. I wasn't born when the shark was first jumped, you see, but the expression still lingers like a bad smell over pop culture...

2018 Volkswagen Golf R drive-away pricing announced

Volkswagen has announced drive-away pricing for the 2018 Golf R hatch and wagon, as it prepares to bring the MY19 range into showrooms. The drive-away Golf R range will kick off at $48,490 drive-away in Grid Edition Manual guise, jumping to $50,990 for the DSG. Volkswagen previously priced the two from $47,490 and $49,990 before on-road costs respectively...