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2018 Volkswagen Passat 132TSI Comfortline review

  Having already owned each of the other German makes with run-flat tyres, it was time for a change. In my opinion, run-flat tyres are unsuitable, both for Australia's poor suburban roads, and our long distances. I originally went to have a look at the new VW Arteon, but ended up saving quite a bit of cash for the Passat instead, as they are very similar inside...

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...

2012 Volkswagen Up! review

Why an Up!? Well, a house purchase and renovation necessitated a cheap commuter. I was initially intent on a 500 or Panda with the emotive Twinair engine, but I couldn’t go past the Up! at the prices they were being offered. And yes, I will use the exclamation mark if I want to, if only to make our Pro_cee'd GT feel better about its automotive punctuation...

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...

2002 Volkswagen Bora V6 4Motion Sport review

The 2002 Volkswagen Bora Sport was a car that was unknown within the car enthusiast game. Most people thought that it was a Golf sedan, and those that knew what the Bora was just assumed that it was the 2.0 or 2.3 model. The only things that gave away this car's sporty potential were the dual rear-exit exhaust and 17-inch alloy wheels...

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...

2016 Volkswagen Passat 140TDI Highline review

I had a 2008 Highline (wagon) and loved the way it drove, how it could fit both my Swiss Shepherds in and a pram. I loved it so much I bought a 2016 ex-demo for $38K, whereas brand-new it is around $50K for the Highline. I wanted the Highline because I drive an old dirty work van during the week, and it’s great to step into a luxury car without it being a Rolls...

2013 Volkswagen Golf 90TSI Comfortline review

Now into my fifth year of ownership with 60,000km showing on the odo’, which only reveals itself when I open the driver's door, this updates the report I wrote when the car was only a few months old. I call it 'the Golf'. It was going to be named Golf Inge at one point, mostly because it was exceedingly clever and witty of me, but I realised the Golf is a boy car, not a girl car...

2014 Volkswagen Golf 90 TSI Comfortline review

I bought my Golf after my 2002 Corolla was giving up and I needed a new car. I originally looked at a Corolla, however I wasn't very impressed and I'd heard VW had some good deals going. When I first test-drove the Golf, I was amazed at how it felt so solid, quick and fun, yet was reasonably priced. I adore the looks on the outside and it always puts a smile on my face...