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Volkswagen Golf
EXPERT RATING
8.0
/ 10
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Volkswagen Golf Pricing and Specs

2021 price from
$25,790*

The Volkswagen Golf is available from $25,790 to $57,990 for the 2021 range of models in SUV, Wagon and Hatchback body types.

Often the bar-setting standard for the small car segment, Volkswagen's Golf can be had in enough variants to just about qualify as its own car brand. Beyond the front-wheel drive everyday cars there's also the GTI hot hatch, the all-wheel drive Golf R performance model, a cabriolet and a more rugged and practical Alltrack version. Available with choice of engines, transmissions and in a hatch or wagon body shape in some models, the Volkswagen Golf attempts to be all things to all people. And the accessible German does a pretty good job of it, too.

The Golf 110 TSI Trendline starts off at $25,790, while the range-topping, Golf R Final Edition is priced at $57,990.

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

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Year Price From Price To
2021 $25,790 $57,990
2020 $18,200 $58,300
2019 $16,600 $57,310
2018 $13,600 $54,120
2017 $12,700 $49,720
2016 $11,500 $45,430
2015 $9,600 $41,910
2014 $8,000 $35,420
2013 $5,900 $24,860
2012 $5,000 $21,890
2011 $3,900 $19,030
2010 $3,400 $14,850
2009 $3,000 $12,210
2008 $2,500 $10,230
2007 $2,200 $9,240
2006 $2,400 $8,690
2005 $2,400 $5,610
2004 $2,400 $9,680
2003 $2,200 $5,390
2002 $2,100 $5,170
2001 $2,400 $5,170
2000 $2,200 $5,170
1999 $2,200 $5,170
1998 $2,200 $5,170
1997 $2,100 $5,170
1996 $2,100 $5,170
1995 $2,100 $4,840
1994 $2,100 $4,840
1993 $2,700 $4,840
1992 $2,100 $4,620
1991 $2,100 $4,840
1990 $2,100 $4,620
1982 $1,800 $3,080
1981 $1,800 $3,080
1980 $1,800 $4,730
1979 $1,800 $4,730
1978 $1,800 $4,510
1977 $2,500 $4,510
1976 $2,400 $4,070

Volkswagen Golf FAQs

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

  • 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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