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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...

2018 Volkswagen Polo 70TSI Trendline review

I understand the lack of insight two months of ownership provides, but I thought potential buyers may benefit from my experience with the recently released AW Polo in all its base-model 70TSI DSG glory. I’ll comment specifically about the drivetrain of the Polo, because it’s often an issue of contention in the comment section...

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...

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 162TSI Highline review

I was very keen to see the new-series Tiguan, and when my wife and I first saw the white Comfortline in the showroom, our first impression was 'Wow!'. Our red GTI was a great fun car, and as with all the VWs that we had owned, had been completely trouble free. Too many birthdays were starting to influence our car choices, and the Tiguan was the way we thought we should go...

2015 Volkswagen Passat 132TSI review

Well, after almost three years of trouble-free ownership, our Passat 132TSI is everything we expected and more. No issues with ride, handling or performance, but just a reliable, economical, all-round great drive – particularly on the country roads, trips away, and three or four interstate holidays to visit family...

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...

2012 Volkswagen Jetta 147TSI Highline review

Approximately two years ago, my wife decided that it was time to replace her ageing early model diesel Volkswagen Tiguan. She enjoyed the Tiguan and was convinced that she wanted something else similar, if not bigger. So, we found a tidy diesel Hyundai Santa Fe at an ex-government auction and bought it...

2011 Volkswagen Amarok TDI400 Trendline (4x4) review

  I don't normally feel compelled to write reviews, but I have been so bloody happy with this car that I felt I needed to let others know. I bought my Mendoza brown Amarok (otherwise known as Mr Hanky) from new in March 2012. It has just clicked over to 280,000km and next week I am swapping it out for a V6...