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VW Golf Australia

Few cars have had the impact of the Volkswagen Golf. With worldwide sales in excess of 30 million, it's fair to say that VW's small-sized hatch is a pretty big deal.

Introduced in Australia in 1976 as a replacement for the classic Beetle, the Golf has undergone a series of growth spurts and facelifts to stay up-to-date and remain a viable option for Australian families. The Golf pulls off a neat trick – it's big enough to seat four in comfort, but small enough to park with ease. It's reserved enough to not draw attention, but classy enough that you don't feel short-changed at traffic lights. It's quiet enough to sit all day at freeway speeds, and interesting enough when you turn onto a back road. The Golf 110 TSI Trendline starts at $25,790 up to $57,990 for the Golf R and is available as everything from a city-bound hatchback to snarling GTI and R performance versions.

This vehicle is also known as Volkswagen Rabbit, Volkswagen Caribe.

Volkswagen Golf Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Volkswagen Golf varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $25,790 and going to $57,990 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 Hatchback 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $25,790 $57,990
2021 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $29,290 $57,990
2021 SUV 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP $36,590 $40,990
2020 Hatchback 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $25,790 $57,990
2020 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $29,290 $57,990
2020 SUV 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP $36,590 $40,990
2019 Hatchback 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $16,600 $57,310
2019 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $18,900 $53,130
2019 SUV 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP $27,100 $40,700
2018 Hatchback 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $13,600 $54,120
2018 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $18,300 $52,360
2018 SUV 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP $22,000 $38,500
2017 Hatchback 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $12,700 $48,070
2017 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $16,400 $49,720
2017 SUV 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP $19,400 $35,090
See All Volkswagen Golf Pricing and Specs

Volkswagen Golf Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Volkswagen Golf here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Should I buy a 2020 Volkswagen Polo?

    The Polo is very nice to drive and has refinement levels that most of its competition can’t match. It’s also among the best of the small hatches to actually drive with dynamics that make it feel like a full size bigger in terms of its ride and handling. It’s no toy, that’s for sure.

    VW now offers capped price servicing on the Polo and, given the 15,000km/12 month intervals, it stacks up reasonably well when compared with its major competition. The 12 month/15,000km service per VW’s capped-price deal will cost you $332, followed by $468 at the two-year mark, $426 after three years, $789 at the major service at four years and $332 for the fifth year. Those prices are for the DSG-transmission version, but the prices for the manual-transmission Polo are almost identical.

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  • My 2009 Volkswagen Golf is becoming expensive to repair, should I sell it?

    This engine was a great thing to drive with superb fuel economy and plenty of performance. Unfortunately, it was also overly complex and prone to failures like the one yours has experienced. Because the car is so far out of warranty, you can probably forget about Volkswagen helping with the cost of repairs. But I’d still give its customer service department a call and state my case on the basis that 136,000km is hardly the expectation for a modern engine in terms of longevity, along with the fact that this engine has a rich history of failures exactly like yours.

    If you can organise to have part of the cost taken car of by VW, then maybe it would be worth repairing the car. Beyond that, however, you’d be spending almost $6500 on a car that, even in working order, is worth something like $8000 or $9000. It doesn’t realty add up at that point, does it? Even then, you might find that other parts of the engine (like the turbocharger or supercharger or the complex system of intake plumbing that allows it all to work) might be next to go bang.

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  • What small all-wheel drive hatchback should I buy?

    Small all-wheel drive hatchbacks are rare in Australia, as only a comparatively tiny number of people live in the sort of environments that require the added traction and surety that AWD provides.

    Also, most Australian consumers seeking AWD tend to go for smaller SUVs, since they are easier to get in and out of, offer a higher seating position and generally enjoy better resale values. On the flipside, SUVs cost more to buy and run, are not as stable at increased speeds due to their higher centre of gravity and are larger to manoeuvre in tighter parking spots than a small hatchback.

    The Subaru Impreza remains the least expensive small AWD hatchback you can buy new, as well as the sole mainstream-branded model starting at under $30,000.

    However, while the latest-generation Impreza launched in 2016 it's a huge improvement over previous iterations (with service intervals finally extended  to 12 months/12,500km), there are a few more compelling alternatives in small crossovers – that is, the in-between segment between small cars and SUVs; they boast a few extra centimetres of ground clearance without the bulk. Note only a few crossovers offer AWD as an option.

    A recent stint in the new Impreza-derived XV 2.0L Hybrid revealed it to be a powerful and economical crossover with excellent handling and road-holding capabilities. The same applies to the Mazda3-based CX-30 AWD, the Toyota C-HR 1.2L-turbo AWD and Volkswagen T-Roc 140TSI 4Motion - though none are as frugal as the Subaru.

    If you're not sold on the idea of an crossover AWD and prefer a small AWD hatchback, then your only other option is to stretch to premium European hatchbacks like the Mercedes-Benz A250 4Matic, BMW M135i xDrive, Audi A3 quattro and Volkswagen Golf R. But all generally cost upwards of $60,000 drive-away - and that's before some of the more desirable options fitted.

    Finally, unless you are travelling hundreds of kilometres ever week, there is probably no benefit choosing diesel over petrol, as the former fuel is dirtier for the environment and not as quiet and refined as the latter. Additionally, diesels are falling out of favour with buyers due to their harmful emissions, and most companies are switching to petrol/electric hybrids as a solution. Again, this means the Subaru XV Hybrid AWD.

    A long response we know, Jan, but we hope this helps.

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  • Volkswagen Golf 2013: A reliable replacement car

    All the cars you’ve nominated would be good choices and will give you some peace of mind because they all use conventional technology. That is to say, none of them in their most affordable, basic forms uses a turbocharger and none of them have a complex, dual-clutch transmission that has been so troublesome for Volkswagen and plenty of other manufacturers, too. At least, that’s if you stay clear of the Cerato GT and the i30 diesel and N-Line, because those variants do have a dual-clutch transmission. The Corolla? A CVT transmission, no matter what variant you buy, but it’s one of the better ones out there.

    Yours is not the only voice calling out for a simpler, more reliable motoring experience, Ian. But any of the three makes and models you’ve named should do the job for you with minimal hassle. Neither of them offers up too much in the way of excitement, but as solid, dependable designs, they take some beating.

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Volkswagen Golf Colours

  • Pure White
  • Atlantic Blue
  • Cranberry Red
  • Indium Grey
  • Tungsten Silver
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Tornado Red
  • Lapiz Blue
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Volkswagen Golf Accessories

The TCR builds on the regular GTI, adding things like a dynamic cornering function to the LED headlights, a revised (louder) exhaust, black mirror covers, 19-inch alloys, TCR decals on the vehicle’s flanks, a gloss-black roof and very cool TCR puddle lights that illuminate the footpaths when you open the front doors.

Inside, you’ll find a sportier material on the seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a red marker at the top, more red trim on the seat belts and floor mats, and Alcantara on the gearshift and and door trims.

All of which joins the regular GTI’s equipment list - think an 8.0-inch touchscreen with in-built nav and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a digital driver display, keyless entry and push-button start, and all the safety equipment you can shake a traffic cone at - and you’re left with a vehicle in which you want for little. 

Volkswagen Golf Dimensions

The dimensions of the Volkswagen Golf Hatchback, Wagon, SUV and Convertible vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 Hatchback 1452x1799x4258 mm 142 mm
2020 Wagon 1461x1799x4567 mm 140 mm
2020 SUV 1496x1799x4578 mm 175 mm
2019 Hatchback 1452x1799x4258 mm 142 mm
2019 Wagon 1461x1799x4567 mm 140 mm
2019 SUV 1496x1799x4578 mm 175 mm
2018 Hatchback 1452x1799x4258 mm 142 mm
2018 Wagon 1461x1799x4567 mm 140 mm
2018 SUV 1496x1799x4578 mm 175 mm
2017 Hatchback 1491x1799x4349 mm 142 mm
2017 Wagon 1496x1799x4657 mm 140 mm
2017 SUV 1496x1799x4578 mm 175 mm
2016 Hatchback 1491x1799x4349 mm 142 mm
2016 Wagon 1496x1799x4657 mm 140 mm
2016 SUV 1496x1799x4578 mm 175 mm
2016 Convertible 1423x1782x4337 mm 139 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Volkswagen Golf Dimensions

Volkswagen Golf Wheel Size

The Volkswagen Golf has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 205x55 R16 for Hatchback in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 16x6.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2020 Wagon 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2020 SUV 205x55 R17 17x7 inches 205x55 R17 17x7 inches
2019 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 Wagon 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 SUV 205x55 R17 17x7 inches 205x55 R17 17x7 inches
2018 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 Wagon 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 SUV 205x55 R17 17x7 inches 205x55 R17 17x7 inches
2017 Hatchback 195x65 R15 15x6 inches 195x65 R15 15x6 inches
2017 Wagon 195x65 R15 15x6.5 inches 195x65 R15 15x6.5 inches
2017 SUV 205x55 R17 17x7 inches 205x55 R17 17x7 inches
2016 Hatchback 195x65 R15 15x6 inches 195x65 R15 15x6 inches
2016 Wagon 195x65 R15 15x6.5 inches 195x65 R15 15x6.5 inches
2016 SUV 205x55 R17 17x7 inches 205x55 R17 17x7 inches
2016 Convertible 225x40 R18 18x7.5 inches 225x40 R18 18x7.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Volkswagen Golf Wheel Sizes

Volkswagen Golf Towing Capacity

The Volkswagen Golf has maximum towing capacity of 1500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 Hatchback 0kg 1500kg
2020 Wagon 0kg 1500kg
2020 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
2019 Hatchback 0kg 1500kg
2019 Wagon 0kg 1500kg
2019 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
2018 Hatchback 0kg 1600kg
2018 Wagon 0kg 1600kg
2018 SUV 1500kg 2000kg
2017 Hatchback 0kg 1600kg
2017 Wagon 0kg 1600kg
2017 SUV 1500kg 2000kg
2016 Hatchback 0kg 1600kg
2016 Wagon 0kg 1600kg
2016 Convertible 1400kg 1400kg
2016 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
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Volkswagen Golf Fuel Consumption

The Volkswagen Golf is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by PULP and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 5.7L/100km for Hatchback /PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Hatchback 5.7L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2020 SUV 6.8L/100km 1.8L PULP 6 SP
2020 Wagon 5.6L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2019 Hatchback 5.7L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2019 SUV 6.8L/100km 1.8L PULP 6 SP
2019 Wagon 5.6L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback 4.9L/100km 2.0L Diesel 7 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback 5.7L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2018 SUV 5.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 7 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 6.8L/100km 1.8L PULP 6 SP
2018 Wagon 4.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP
2018 Wagon 5.6L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback 4.9L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP
2017 Hatchback 5.6L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2017 SUV 5.4L/100km 2.0L Diesel 7 SP AUTO
2017 SUV 6.8L/100km 1.8L PULP 6 SP
2017 Wagon 4.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP
2017 Wagon 5.4L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2016 Convertible 6.5L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
2016 Hatchback 4.9L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP
2016 Hatchback 5.7L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2016 SUV 6.7L/100km 1.8L PULP 6 SP
2016 Wagon 4.7L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP
2016 Wagon 5.3L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Volkswagen Golf Pricing and Specs for 2020

Volkswagen Golf Interior

The VW Golf GTI TCR interior is similar in most ways to that of the regular GTI, though this special edition vehicle adds a sportier material on the seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a red marker at the top, more red trim on the seat belts and floor mats, and Alcantara on the gearshift and and door trims.

Volkswagen Golf Seats

The VW Golf GTI is a five-seat hatchback, with two spacious chairs up front, and a bench across the rear that includes ISOFIX attachment points in each of the window seats at the back. 

Volkswagen Golf Speed

The VW Golf GTI will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds.