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Holden Astra vs Volkswagen Golf

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Holden Astra
Holden Astra

$11,880 - $23,970

2018 price

Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Golf

$35,898 - $91,888

2023 price


2018 Holden Astra
2023 Volkswagen Golf
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Turbo 4, 1.4L

Turbo 4, 2.0L
Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded Petrol

Fuel Efficiency
5.8L/100km (combined)

7.0L/100km (combined)

  • Missing rear seat amenities
  • Smallish fuel tank
  • Awkward pedal position

  • Too much road noise
  • Annoying touchscreen
  • Pricey
2018 Holden Astra Summary

Holden's current Astra is the second go the car has had in this country, after first being badged an Opel to the sounds of crickets from the buying public. That hubristic exercise was followed by a brief withdrawal from the Australian market before returning, rather more sensibly badged (and sensibly-priced) as a Holden.

It chugged along quite nicely in 2017. It didn't break any records, no, but regularly broke the 1000 units per month mark to end up with about five percent of the small car market, which it shares with some serious competition from Europe and Japan.

The + in R+ means more safety, but also more money. Safety is good, but do you get anything else for your money?

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2023 Volkswagen Golf Summary

In a world where hatchbacks are being cancelled left, right and centre, it was super refreshing to get into the Volkswagen Golf GTI hot-hatch recently.

I’d driven other Mk 8 Golf models including the R flagship wagon, but this was my go in the car I’d long considered to be the best Golf for the money.

But with prices continuously cruising north - this car is now a $54,990 prospect before on-road costs - does it still make dollars and sense? And what’s it like to live with in the daily grind?

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