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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...

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...