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Volkswagen Golf Review, For Sale, Colours, Models, Specs & Interior

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 Final Edition 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
2022 Hatchback 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $25,790 $57,990
2022 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $29,290 $57,990
2022 SUV 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP $36,590 $40,990
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 $18,400 $59,290
2020 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $20,900 $56,100
2020 SUV 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP $28,000 $41,470
2019 Hatchback 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $16,600 $57,310
2019 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $18,900 $52,910
2019 SUV 1.8L, PULP, 6 SP $26,300 $40,260
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
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Volkswagen Golf Q&As

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

  • When it comes to oil changes in my VW Golf can you tell me the right type and give me a steer on the procedure?

    There’s no real trick on how to change oil on a VW Golf, but the procedure is critical, as getting it wrong can ruin the engine. The best advice is to obtain a workshop manual for the exact model Golf, and use that as a step-by-step guide to what is a great DIY home maintenance task.

    Fundamentally, though, the first thing to do is determine how often to change oil, otherwise known as the correct oil change interval. For most of us, this will be based on the distance travelled since the last oil change service. Late model Golfs have a 12-month or 15,000km (whichever comes first) service interval.

    From there, it’s a case of using the correct size spanner or socket (not an adjustable wrench) to undo the drain plug at the bottom of the engine and drain out the old oil. Replacement of the oil filter is next, followed by refilling the engine with the correct VW Golf oil type. Since much of this work happens from below the car, a torch or auxiliary light is a handy thing to have, as are drain pans and clean rags to mop up spills. Don’t forget that disposing of the old oil and filter environmentally is part of the deal.

    The correct Volkswagen Golf engine oil will depend on whether your car is a petrol or diesel and whether it’s turbocharged or not. The exact specifications of the oil you need should be listed in your car’s owner’s manual. Broadly speaking, most Golfs, whether petrol or diesel, from the last few years require a fully synthetic 5W30 oil to operate properly. Depending on model, the Golf has an oil capacity of between four and five litres, so a five-litre pack will give you a little left over for top ups.

    If you’re not confident with tackling this job, then a trip to a local mechanic or service centre is your best option. But if you’re prepared to have a go, then this is a great home maintenance project for the first timer. Having a mechanically-minded friend guide you through the process the first time is another good idea.

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  • 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 Colours

The eighth-generation Golf is available in eight colour choices, with the standard range available in white, black, silver, grey, blue, and yellow. The R-Line is available in a unique shade of grey, while the GTI is available with its own signature shade of red.

  • Moonstone Grey Premium
  • Pure White
  • Atlantic Blue Metallic
  • Dolphin Grey Metallic
  • Pomelo Yellow Premium Metallic
  • Deep Black Pearl Effect
  • Kings Red Premium Metallic
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 SUV, Hatchback and Wagon vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 SUV 1496x1799x4578 mm 175 mm
2021 Hatchback 1452x1799x4258 mm 142 mm
2021 Wagon 1461x1799x4567 mm 140 mm
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
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 2021.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Hatchback 205x55 R16 205x55 R16
2021 Wagon 205x55 R16 205x55 R16
2021 SUV 205x55 R17 205x55 R17
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
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Volkswagen Golf Wheel Sizes

Volkswagen Golf Boot Space

The Golf has a 374-litre (VDA) luggage capacity, above average for the mid-size hatchback segment. It leaves room for a space-saver spare under the boot floor.

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
2021 Hatchback 5.7L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2021 SUV 6.8L/100km 1.8L PULP 6 SP
2021 Wagon 5.6L/100km 1.4L PULP 7 SP AUTO
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
* Combined fuel consumption See All Volkswagen Golf Pricing and Specs for 2021

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 Towing Capacity

The Volkswagen Golf has maximum towing capacity of 1600kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 Wagon 0kg 1500kg
2021 Hatchback 0kg 1600kg
2021 SUV 1500kg 1500kg
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
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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.