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Mini Golf isn't just a fun game. It's also the best descriptor for the imminent 2018 Volkswagen Polo, which takes the company's smallest model (in Australia) to new heights, in terms of space, in-car tech and dynamic sophistication.
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2018 Volkswagen Polo recalled

Volkswagen has recalled the 2018 Polo, over concerns about the left-rear seatbelt releasing under certain conditions. According to the company, the left-rear seatbelt lock could be accidentally released when there are passengers in the central and left-rear seats. Volkswagen says the car's front- and rear-seatbelt alerts will warn drivers if the seatbelt does come undone, but asks customers not to use the central rear seat...

Volkswagen Tiguan Coupe coming in 2019 - report

The Volkswagen Tiguan could be getting a sporty coupe-style variant, according to a new report out of France. L'Automobile Magazine claims the German brand is preparing a Tiguan Coupe for release sometime in 2019 – likely a Europe on-sale date, mind you – serving a similar role for the standard Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace as the BMW X4 plays to the X3...

Volkswagen GTI drag race: Polo v Golf – video

How do you prove one car is faster than another? You drag race them – duh! The new Volkswagen Polo GTI isn't far off its Golf GTI stablemate these days in terms of power, but how does that translate in straight-line speed? In this video, Car Mania aims to answer that question...

CarAdvice podcast 100: We celebrate our 100th episode at Mercedes me Melbourne! 

We celebrate our 100th episode at Mercedes me Melbourne! On the panel this week is Mandy Turner, Andrew Beecher, Alborz Fallah, Tony Crawford, Mike Stevens, Scott Collie and James Wong. In car news, the BMW Concept iX3 and 2019 Lexus ES has been revealed, and Mercedes-Benz A-Class L sedan and Mercedes-Maybach Vision Ultimate Luxury has been unveiled...

2018 Volkswagen Polo Beats pricing and specs

Local details for the Volkswagen Polo Beats have been announced this week ahead of its August launch, with the new variant priced from $22,490 before on-road costs. The fifth member of the sixth-generation Polo family in Australia becomes the new flagship of the core range, sitting one rung below the GTI hot hatch...

Review Wrap: Five of the best from March

Missed out on a review this month? Keen to catch up on all the exciting CarAdvice review content from March? We're here for you. Here are five reviews this month that either drew a lot of attention or are simply, in our view, standout stories. 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe review The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe is due to arrive in Australia in just a few months time...

CarAdvice podcast 95: Alf Buccella celebrates 50 years at the same dealership! 

Mandy Turner is joined this week by founders Alborz Fallah and Tony Crawford. In car news, Uber's driverless trials have been suspended after a fatal collision with a pedestrian, the 2019 Kia K900 has been officially revealed, and track warranty cover has been announced for the new Hyundai i30 N...

2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI pricing and specs

Volkswagen has announced pricing and specs for the 2018 Polo GTI, with the dual-clutch hot-hatch to start from $30,990 before on-road costs when it arrives in August. Power in the hot Polo comes from a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, putting 147kW and 320Nm to the front wheels through a tricky electronic front differential...

CarAdvice podcast 94: On location at our ute megatest!

We're on location this week from the Melbourne 4x4 Training and Proving Ground for our ute mega test with Mandy Turner, CEO Andrew Beecher, Mike Costello, Curt Dupriez and Kez Casey. In car news, the Volkswagen Golf GTE has been ruled out for Australia, the Subaru Forester has been teased, and Lexus says autonomous cars are dangerous in cities...

2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI won't have a manual gearbox in Australia

In news for traditional hot hatch enthusiasts, Volkswagen Australia will not offer a manual gearbox on the brand new Polo GTI, due in August — though it will become available overseas, should the company’s local arm change its mind...

Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Polo, CC, Eos and Up! join Takata recall

Volkswagen has announced a multi-stage recall for 106,804 vehicles, after the Australian Federal Government yesterday announced a mandatory recall of vehicles fitted with Takata airbags. The company is at pains to mention none of these vehicles are fitted with the more dangerous 'alpha' inflators, and points out no current-generation cars are impacted...