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2016 Volkswagen Polo GTI review

Okay, I’m not made of money, yet I like cars that are fun. Years ago, I remember reading car reviews in a "bang for your dollar" category, and the Polo GTi came up trumps. I'd previously owned a 2007 9N3 model and had loved it. So in May 2018, when it was time to replace (due to age and mileage), a 2016 model with manual transmission and 14000km popped up in my search through the classifieds...

2018 Volkswagen Golf R review

I have been driving my 2018 Golf R wagon for three months now, and I have loved everything about it. It has been my daily driver, and it has been perfect so far. It is small and nippy, and is excellent for driving around the city. When you take it out of the big smoke and onto some twisty roads, its performance really shines...

2019 Volkswagen Golf 110 TSI Comfortline review

I bought this car as a first car that'd get me to footy training, uni and little errands whilst still keeping my passion for automobiles alive and not boring me to death - as do many mid-size hatchbacks. After a pool of many cars, I'd ultimately narrowed it down to a used BMW 1 Series, a new Ford Focus and this demo Golf,...

2010 Volkswagen Passat R36 review

Dear wife, I have bought a family car. As we discussed, it is a sensible and mature car. The VW Passat luxury wagon has an auto box that makes it easy to drive, and it has memory seats with heating, and has active lamps. And I got it for the budget of $25k, as requested... Thats how the conversation goes, people...

2017 Volkswagen Polo GTi review

Yes I know, it's another review on another VW... however hear me out, because I actually think it's one of the overlooked gems in the small car market. Admittedly, I did buy this car second hand, which meant I didn't have to cop the usual Euro price premium over its typical rivals. However the car was basically brand new, having done only 5000km and was barely a year old at the time I bought it...

2017 Volkswagen Polo 81 TSI Comfortline review

This Polo is a great little car that I have owned since new for two years now, buying  the little VW as I needed a small, nice-looking, economical and enjoyable car for work and leisure. I have travelled approximately 70000km, which is higher than average. I own a manual 81TSI model with both the sports and safety packages...

2008 Volkswagen Golf GTI review

The idea of a hot hatch is very appealing to not only me, but also to a percentage of the market. You get all the fun of a performance car with none of the usual drawbacks. I purchased my VW Golf GTI brand new back in 2008. I wanted something bigger and more usable than my previous Peugeot 205...

2010 Volkswagen Golf GTi review

The Car Story. The Golf GTi. Despite the criticisms that come with this particular VW brand; “boring”, “bland”, or “driven by accountants”, people around the world have overwhelmingly come to the conclusion that there are not many cars out there that can meet the demands of daily driving while still putting a smile on your face...

2012 Volkswagen Amarok TDI400 Highline (4x4) review

When our old second car/camping bus/dog hauling chariot (1998 Mitsubishi Challenger) ticked over 350,000kms, my wife and I decided that a new (to us) car might be a good idea. The old Challenger never really broke down or left us stranded, but every month or so it would need another $300 part...

2013 Volkswagen Up! review

The Volkswagen Up! I've seen these three words spark many an argument in the comments section of many an article on this site. It seems that some readers are in love with this bundle of joy on four wheels. They love its diminutive stature, they obsess about how its modest power means you can drive it harder and that makes it more fun, not to mention it's the most economical way of moving about...

2016 Volkswagen Golf 110 TSI Highline review

This is the first brand new car I have ever bought, so it is fair to say I did a decent amount of research online before settling on a few cars I wanted to test drive. The short list came down to the Ford Focus Titanium, Mazda 3 SP25 GT and the Golf. Being self-employed I had the benefit of being able to purchase it through the company, with the idea being to turn over the car every 3-4 years...