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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 GTE ruled out for Australia

Volkswagen Australia has abandoned plans to introduce the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid due to global demand, the company has confirmed this week. Speaking with CarAdvice, local Volkswagen communications boss, Paul Pottinger, said the electrified hatch is in such short supply, it's been pulled from sale in overseas markets...

CarAdvice podcast 92: Live from Waverley Nissan!

Mandy Turner, Mike Costello and Mike Stevens are live from Waverley Nissan for our first local outside broadcast! In car news, a sweep of German models get a 5-star ANCAP rating, the 2019 Toyota Corolla has been confirmed for Geneva, Mazda 3 pricing and specs have been announced, and we cover the compulsory Takata recall...

Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Polo, CC, Eos and Up! join Takata recall

Volkswagen has announced a multi-stage recall for 106,804 vehicles, after the Australian Federal Government yesterday announced a mandatory recall of vehicles fitted with Takata airbags. The company is at pains to mention none of these vehicles are fitted with the more dangerous 'alpha' inflators, and points out no current-generation cars are impacted...

Time Machine Tuesday: February 27, 2018

People often say "don't forget where you came from". Although we're focused on every new car, every last detail here at CarAdvice, we have an extensive back-catalogue of news stories, lifestyle yarns and reviews. Here's a look at what happened on February 27 over the past few years. Warning: may contain traces of Volkswagen Group...

Volkswagen Golf 8 production due in 2019, but Australian launch much further out

The next-generation Volkswagen Golf 8 has been confirmed for 2019, according to an announcement made at its Supplier Summit for the upcoming model. Auto Express reports first examples of the next-generation Golf will roll down its Wolfsburg production line in 75 weeks, equating to June 2019...

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...

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR refreshed

The facelifted Volkswagen Golf 7.5 arrived earlier this year, but part of the (expansive) hatchback lineup missed out on a refresh. After a championship-winning season, the Golf GTI TCR has finally been given its '7.5' makeover, bringing the entry-level racer into line with the road car range...

2018 Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Arteon recalled

Volkswagen Australia has issued a recall notice for a handful of Passats, one Golf and one Arteon, to correct an issue with the rear-wheel bearing housing. According to the company, the rear-wheel bearing housing on a total of 64 vehicles may have been manufactured with insufficient case hardening...

CarAdvice podcast 78: VW Australia boss talks car servicing

Joining Mandy Turner this week is Paul Maric and Mike Costello. In car news, the 2018 BMW M3 CS has been revealed, calls have gone out for a traffic congestion charge for Melbourne and Sydney, and the Alpine A110 has been confirmed for Australia. Meanwhile, the 2018 Peugeot 5008 pricing and specs have been released, Koenigsegg Agera RS breaks new record hitting 457km/h, and Mazda MX-5 RF Limited Edition has been detailed...

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...

The Shortlist: Replacing a Holden Vectra...

With $30,000 to spend, Rod needs a small or mid-sized car that can handle the city and the country.  Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision...