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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
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, 7 SP AUTO $21,489 $62,990
2019 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $21,489 $62,990
2019 SUV 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP $29,990 $47,990
2018 Hatchback 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $17,495 $55,988
2018 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $18,999 $55,988
2018 SUV 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP $27,300 $38,500
2017 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $12,980 $54,800
2017 Hatchback 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $12,980 $54,800
2017 SUV 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP $19,400 $35,090
2016 Hatchback 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $10,493 $43,988
2016 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $11,988 $45,430
2016 SUV 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP $18,500 $27,990
2016 Convertible 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $20,900 $28,380
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.

  • 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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  • What's the resale value of a Volkswagen Golf and a Toyota Corolla?

    A Volkswagen Golf that is already one year old will already have done a big chunk of its depreciating. The Corolla, on the other hand, will – like all brand-new cars – dump value like crazy. That said, both cars have a fair way to go in depreciation terms. Keeping them for just a year won’t help there, either, as you’ll effectively be maximising the amount you lose.

    The trade regards the Corolla (as a Toyota) very highly and, as such, resale values tend to be better than a lot of cars. The VW Golf, meanwhile, still suffers from the stigma of the reliability problems many owners experienced and can be a little more difficult to unload without resorting to selling it to a wholesaler who will make you really understand what depreciation means.

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  • Volkswagen Golf 2016 or Hyundai i30 2018: Are they reliable?

    A Golf with that mileage after just three or four years on the road is a bit of an anomaly. How has the car been used? Was it a delivery vehicle in a previous life? I’d be asking some tough questions and diving deep into the vehicle’s service history to find out how it’s been driven and serviced before taking the plunge, because that mileage is about double what I’d expect from this make and model.

    The biggest potential reliability glitch with this car is the DSG transmission. While VW claimed that all the evils were fixed by the time the Golf 7 came out in 2013, experience suggests that there are still some examples of this gearbox giving trouble. Symptoms include a loss of drive, poor shift quality, shuddering on take-off and a gearbox that seemingly loses the plot on occasions.

    And I’m afraid your alternative rings a few alarm bells as well. The Hyundai also uses a double-clutch style transmission and while it hasn’t suffered the litany of problems that the VW unit has caused over the years, it’s still a bit of an unknown quantity. Certainly, some customers seem to be unhappy with the unit in terms of its longevity and replacement clutch packs are not unknown.

    Also, you seem to have a knack for finding cars with double the expected kilometres on board. I’d expect a 2018 i30 to be showing closer to 25,000km than the 50,000km on the one you’re considering. Cars with higher than expected mileage can be bargains, but you’ve really got to dig into their past to ensure they haven’t been abused or suffered from poor servicing.

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  • Volkswagen Golf 2019: Should I buy an Alltrack?

    It all depends on where you get your information from, John. Like you, I’ve certainly read reports that the Alltrack franchise is being put to rest in North America in favour of SUVs, but a quick chat with VW Australia revealed that the concept still has legs out here. Perhaps the confusion is over the USA market axing of the cars, while the Alltracks sold here are generally sourced from the German VW factory. In any case, you can expect to see Alltracks in VW showrooms for the foreseeable future.

    The big question is whether they’ll be available with a diesel engine. My VW insider “hopes so” but recent reports that all VW passenger cars will be petrol powered puts that into doubt, even if the Alltrack models are classed by some sections of the trade as light-commercials. Even if the Alltrack concept survives with a diesel engine option, count on there being a petrol-powered variant available as well.

    In any case, the notion of the Alltrack becoming a depreciation victim here because the USA stops selling them is not going to be a reality.

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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 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
See All Towing Capacity for Volkswagen Golf

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