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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
ANCAP RATING
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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...

2011 Volkswagen Golf GTD review

Coming from a car that required premium petrol (having a couple of prior issues, I was sticking to 98 to keep the engine happy) and the prices going up and up, only to get average range from a tank, I wanted something zippy and different that was cheap and efficient to run. Considering a range of cars, ultimately a low kilometre, well-looked-after GTD Golf caught my eye...

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...

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI review

I know what you’re thinking. And you’re right. You have seen this before. There are thousands of Mk7 Golf GTIs on the road – most of them white like this one – and almost as many reviews online. So I’ll do my best to provide a couple of unique insights. But first, an overview. This is a 2014 model, the first of the factory-ordered batches after the Mk7 GTI was released in October 2013...

2016 Volkswagen Golf 92TSI Trendline review

I’ve had this baby for bang on two years now. Living in the city, I’ve just passed the 13,000km mark, so I can’t comment on longer-term reliability. What I can comment on is how bloody brilliant this thing has been. Rationale for this model: I wanted a manual with adaptive cruise. Full stop...

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack 132TSI review

I replaced a 2014 Mazda 3 SP25 sedan to buy this car after moving from Sydney to the Southern Highlands. I was after a wagon or SUV, preferably with AWD as in winter the roads can be quite slippery. The other main contender was the Hyundai Tucson Elite 1.6-litre turbo, which was slightly dearer at $41,000 drive-away compared to $38,990 for the Alltrack...

2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI review

Quite often, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is referred to as the ultimate benchmark of a hot hatch. Here I am posting an owner's car review of my Golf GTI, as I celebrate surpassing my one-year anniversary of ownership. Hooray! I consider myself a petrol head, like many of us out there. Prior to the Golf, I was an owner of a Holden VF Commodore SSV Redline...

2013 Volkswagen Golf 103TSI Highline review

I bought my Golf second hand in a private sale in 2016. After a few Mercedes, I still wanted something German, but didn't want to pay more than $20K. It also had to be modern and have adaptive cruise control...