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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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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR: Local arm keen on new hot hatch

Volkswagen Australia has voiced its interest in a Golf GTI variant to sit atop the local line-up, in the lead-up to the reveal of the GTI TCR at Lake Worthersee on May 9. "We would be keen on such a variant," said Paul Pottinger, general manager for corporate communications at Volkswagen Australia, telling us "the [Golf] GTI and R line-ups are ever-evolving...

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR teased ahead of Worthersee debut

Volkswagen is preparing a hotter, harder flagship for its Golf GTI line-up, borrowing parts from the road-car-based Touring Car Racing variant. That means the Golf GTI TCR will be a road-going version of the racing GTI, which itself is based on a road car. Right. Semantics aside, the GTI TCR shapes as a tantalising proposition...

CarAdvice podcast 101: Ford Ranger v Mercedes-Benz X-Class!

This week's show has Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Kez Casey. In car news, pricing and specs for the 2018 Mini hatch and convertible, and BMW 2 series Active Tourer have been announced. The Jeep Wrangler Golden Eagle and Freedom Editions are coming to Australia, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Australian details are out, and the Skoda Karoq is now arriving in June...

Volkswagen GTI drag race: Polo v Golf – video

How do you prove one car is faster than another? You drag race them – duh! The new Volkswagen Polo GTI isn't far off its Golf GTI stablemate these days in terms of power, but how does that translate in straight-line speed? In this video, Car Mania aims to answer that question...

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...

Volkswagen Golf twin-engine Pikes Peak racer restored

Volkswagen has made a lot of noise about its return to Pikes Peak, frequently referencing its history at the legendary Colorado hillclimb. It doesn't own any records at the mountain, and it isn't a frequent competitor – in fact, the company has only entered once...

Volkswagen confirms 48V hybrid for Golf 8

Volkswagen has announced a new 48V mild-hybrid system will roll out across most of its range, including the upcoming eighth-generation Golf family. Like similar systems used by Audi and Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen's mild-hybrid technology will combine a conventional internal combustion engine with a 48V belt-integrated starter generator and a 48V lithium-ion battery pack...

CarAdvice podcast 100: We celebrate our 100th episode at Mercedes me Melbourne! 

We celebrate our 100th episode at Mercedes me Melbourne! On the panel this week is Mandy Turner, Andrew Beecher, Alborz Fallah, Tony Crawford, Mike Stevens, Scott Collie and James Wong. In car news, the BMW Concept iX3 and 2019 Lexus ES has been revealed, and Mercedes-Benz A-Class L sedan and Mercedes-Maybach Vision Ultimate Luxury has been unveiled...

Hyundai's i30 N is a proper hot hatch, and a Golf GTI beater

Dethroning a king is never easy. Historically, even knifing a king in the back is a dangerous business, let alone removing one as publicly as we have done this week. You’ll see, through our comprehensive comparisons, Hyundai's i30 N has ended the Volkswagen Golf GTI's reign as the quintessential hot hatch...

Poll: Hennessey Exorcist pips the Demon

Dodge might have started the supernatural muscle car trend with its Challenger SRT Demon, but it's been outdone by the hotted-up Hennessey Exorcist in our latest poll. More than 1000 people voted in this week's face-off, with 53 per cent of voters handing the Camaro-based Exorcist a narrow victory over its factory rival...

Volkswagen recalls 2011/12 Golf, Passat and CC

Volkswagen has recalled the 2011/12 Passat, Golf and CC over concerns about an overheating starter motor relay. According to the company, a bent or broken spring could obstruct the clearance of the spindle in the starter motor relay. This could cause a blockage, creating a constant current supply to the starter motor relay and, in turn, causing it to overheat...