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VOLKSWAGEN GOLF Used Car Review

The Volkswagen Golf emerged in 1974 as a hatchback that would essentially replace the famous, long-running Beetle as the German brand's car for the masses. It has since established itself as a classless vehicle with broad appeal, as well as a reputation for leading the mainstream small-car segment for quality, refinement and technology. A large range of models includes hatchbacks, wagons and cabriolets, as well as famous hot-hatch models in the form of the iconic GTI and cult all-wheel-drive R.

Pros

Cons

  • Class-leading cabin quality and refinement
  • Slick and efficient petrol and diesel drivetrains
  • Satisfying to drive with good ride and handling
  • Wide choice of models, including terrific GTI hot-hatch
  • DSG auto gearboxes prone to low-speed jerkiness
  • Relatively expensive servicing
  • Flagship Golf model, the R, not necessarily the best
  • Some engines renowned for high oil consumption
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Top2017 Volkswagen Golf AU MY18 110 TSI Comfortline White 7 Speed Auto Direct Shift Hatchback

  • 121650 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This feature packed MY18 upspec comfortline GOLF is in superb condition, finished in the best colour, fully workshop approved, great to drive, will be issued with 3 months rego at time of sale, priced to sell immediately and will not last! Trade-ins welcome! We have competitive, same-day finance options and comprehensive protection plans from leading Australian providers. Our vehicles have been independently mechanically inspected and road tested for your peace of mind

$18,988
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
8 hours ago

Top2015 Volkswagen Golf VII MY15 110TDI DSG Highline White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch

  • 53174 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

German engineered upmarket hatch with the powerful yet economical 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine, six speed Tiptronic auto, sat nav, adaptive cruise control, traction control, front side airbags, Bluetooth, auto park assist, alloy wheels, front and rear sensors plus reverse camera. 53000 kms with full service history. Lovely vehicle. We are a friendly and efficient company, trading with integrity and determined to give our customers the very best of service. WA's most trusted car dealer? Abs

$26,977
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
10 hours ago

Top2008 Volkswagen Golf V MY08 GT DSG Sport Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

  • 206399 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2008 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GT...17 ALLOY WHEELS, CD PLAYER, AND LOG BOOKS. Family owned business , operating and servicing NSW for over 30 years. Any vehicle Inspection welcomed , with two conveniently based locations we have everyone sorted. Revesby NSW Yard - Centrally located 25 minutes from Sydney Airport. Home of all your used car needs for all of Milperra, Condell Park, Bankstown, Panania, Padstow, Picnic Point, Revesby Heights and Padstow Heights. <b

$7,999
Elderslie, NSW

Dealer used
28/02/2021

Top2008 Volkswagen Golf V MY08 Pacific Silver 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 111532 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Welcome to Cheap Cars Toowoomba. Your home of the cheapest budget priced vehicles, anywhere. From Coast to Coast we're cheaper than most. Cheap Cars Toowoomba has a simple goal, to offer you the best vehicle for the most affordable price possible! Come down and see our great range with vehicles starting from only $500! Yes only $500. We believe everyone should be able to afford a motor vehicle. So with plenty of stock and most vehicles under $9990, you're guaranteed to fin

$7,555Drive Away^
South Toowoomba, QLD

Dealer used
28/02/2021

Top2012 Volkswagen Golf VI MY12.5 R DSG 4MOTION Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

  • 169915 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Very clean and well looked after, comes with a full service history and books. We are a small family owned dealership that prides itself on our customer service and professionalism. We ship Australia wide – distance is no issue . We organise finance packages in house, tailored to you, and even give you over the phone quotes. Trade ins welcome – even if you can’t come to us! Enquire now for more information on offsite evaluations. E

$25,990
Taminda, NSW

Dealer used
27/02/2021

Top2008 Volkswagen Golf Gt Sport Tsi 6 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

Contactless
$10,500
Richmond, VIC

16 hours ago

2011 Volkswagen Golf VI MY11 GTI DSG Silver 6 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

  • 126532 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Power 155kW @ 6200rpm Torque 280Nm @ 1700-5200rpm 4 Cylinder, 2.0T 7.6 L/100km 6 Speed Automatic 17`` Alloy Wheels Floor Mats Why Not Visit Perth’s Favourite Toyota Dealership? With Market Leading Prices To Make Your Pre Owned Car Purchase Easier Then Ever. FINANCING… Why Not Ask Us About Toyota's Personalized Rate? With Finance Experts That Are 100% Transparent With Every Application Tailored To Provide Each Indiv

$18,988
Maddington, WA

Dealer used
23 minutes ago

2005 Volkswagen Golf 1K 1.9 TDI Comfortline Silver 6 Speed Direct Shift Hatchback

  • 269161 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

The power and economy of a diesel makes this little rocket a very desirable purchase. Complete with RWC. Westside Car City 403-405 Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing 3030 (Mel Ref: 203 D11) Mon - Sat 9.00am - 5.30pm PH: ********8140 OR 03******1177. We sell over 100 Cars p/mth, ALL CARS are from Victoria's Major Dealerships. No Frills, Discounted by thousands, Optional - RWC - Warranty.

$5,200Drive Away^
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
23 minutes ago

2017 Volkswagen Golf AU MY18 110 TSI Comfortline Grey 7 Speed Auto Direct Shift Hatchback

  • 78882 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

This late 2017 MY19 Volkswagen Golf is the feature packed Comfortline model and is in stunning condition. It comes still under new car warranty, is great to drive and comes with log book service history. It comes fully workshop approved and with 3 months rego at the time of sale. Trade-ins welcome! We have competitive, same-day finance options and comprehensive protection plans from leading Australian providers. Our vehicles have been independently mechanically inspect

$23,988
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
33 minutes ago

2007 Volkswagen Golf GT SPORT - TURBO - AUTO - DIESEL - Warranty

  • 168000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

** GT! ** TURBO! ** DIESEL ! ** 15 MONTHS WARRANTY! ** BLUETOOTH! ** ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE! ** REGO! ** FULL SERVICE HISTORY! ** DRIVES A1! ** LOOKS TERRIFIC! ** ALL OUR CARS COME WITH WARRANTY ** UNBEATABLE VALUE ** THIS PRICE IS DRIVE AWAY NO MORE TO PAY! ** EASY FINANCE AVAILABLE! ** ALL ENQUIRIES WELCOME! ** WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU! ** 2007 Volkswagen Golf GT SPORT - TURBO - AUTO - DIESEL - Warranty The Finance facility available and own this from $79 per week, no deposit loan

$10,500Drive Away^
Birkdale, QLD

Dealer used
43 minutes ago

2014 Volkswagen Golf AU MY15 GTI Performance Red 6 Speed Direct Shift Hatchback

  • 95270 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

GTI Performance. High spec performance model travelled less than 100,000kms with service history and optioned with Driver Assistance package including Adaptive Cruise Control/Distance Control, Collision Mitigation and selectable drive modes along with extras exclusive to the performance model over the standard GTI such as a higher output 169kw Turbo engine, Adaptive/Active bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps and LED fog lights 19 inch Exclusive Performance Alloys and Rear Privacy

$26,965
Jandakot, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2017 Volkswagen Golf 7.5 MY17 R DSG 4MOTION Blue 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

  • 40331 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Power 206kW @ 6500rpm Torque 380Nm @ 1800-5100rpm 4 Cylinder, 2.0 Litre Turbo 7.1L/100km 19`` Alloy Wheels Leather Interior Sport Pedals Sports Seats Sports Suspension Keyless Start Bluetooth Connectivity Reverse Camera Cruise Control 8 Speaker Stereo Why Not Visit Perth’s Favourite Toyota Dealership? With Market Leading Prices To Make Your Pre Owned Car Purchase Easier Then Ever. FINANCING… <

$44,688
Maddington, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2016 Volkswagen Golf VII MY16 110TSI DSG Highline Black 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch

  • 71962 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Top of the range model with R-line pack including, full leather seating, push button start, front side airbags, alloy wheels, reverse sensors, powerful 1.4 litre turbo engine, seven speed DSG auto including paddle shift, 71962 kms and 2 keys, full service history.Trade-ins are welcome and finance is available at great rates with fast approvals by our friendly team.

$24,999
Welshpool, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2014 Volkswagen Golf - Auto - 4cyl - Warranty - Driveaway

  • 212400 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

** 27 Months Warranty! ** ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE! ** 2014 ! ** AUTOMATIC ! ** WARRANTY! ** BLUETOOTH! ** REGO! ** DRIVES A1! ** LOOKS TERRIFIC! ** ALL OUR CARS COME WITH WARRANTY ** UNBEATABLE VALUE ** THIS PRICE IS DRIVE AWAY NO MORE TO PAY! ** STAMP DUTY INCLUSIVE! ** TRANSFER FEE INCLUSIVE! **** EASY FINANCE AVAILABLE! ** ALL ENQUIRIES WELCOME! ** WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU! ** 2014 Volkswagen Golf - Auto - 4cyl - Warranty - Driveaway The Finance facility available and own this from

$10,990Drive Away^
Birkdale, QLD

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2015 Volkswagen Golf AU MY16 110 TSI Highline Grey 7 Speed Auto Direct Shift Hatchback

  • 53838 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

GOLF HIGHLINE! ONe owner with genuine low kms and service history, zippy 110TSI petrol motor, 5 STAR ANCAP safety rating, many luxuries including GPS navigation, sports leather seats, heated front seats, and dual zone climate control, drives beautifully, inspection will impress! Trade-ins welcome! We have competitive, same-day finance options and comprehensive protection plans from leading Australian providers. Our vehicles have been independently mechanically inspecte

$24,977
Bentley, WA

Dealer used
3 hours ago

FROM $90 P/WEEK ON FINANCE* 2016 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 110TDI HIGHLINE

  • 181255 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Get your finance approved today by calling 1300 30 60 92 or apply online at http://epicfinance.com.au/application/ 2016 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 110TDI Highline VII MY16 from just $90 per week on finance. Like the FINANCE but not the car? We CAN help! We can finance any vehicle from dealerships and private sellers all over Australia at low weekly repayments. For more info please call the office today on 1300 30 60 92. * Vehicle cash price is $18,990 or is available on finance from $90

$90
Blacktown, NSW

Dealer used
3 hours ago

2010 Volkswagen Golf VI MY10 118TSI DSG Comfortline Grey 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch

  • 138556 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2010 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF...16 ALLOY WHEELS, CD PLAYER, AND LOG BOOKS. Family owned business , operating and servicing NSW for over 30 years. Any vehicle Inspection welcomed , with two conveniently based locations we have everyone sorted. Revesby NSW Yard - Centrally located 25 minutes from Sydney Airport. Home of all your used car needs for all of Milperra, Condell Park, Bankstown, Panania, Padstow, Picnic Point, Revesby Heights and Padstow Heights. <br /

$10,888
Elderslie, NSW

Dealer used
4 hours ago

2010 Volkswagen Golf VI MY11 90TSI DSG Trendline Black 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Wagon

  • 98266 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

****** 7 DAY SALE ****** ALL PRICES SLASHED .SALE MUST END 5PM SUNDAY 7TH MARCH 2021 DONT MISS OUT !!!!!! + On The Spot Drive Away Finance (To TAP) + Delivery To Your Home Or Office In Sydney Metro (ACA) + Australia-wide Door To Door Vehicle Delivery Service (ACA) + Extended Warranty Inc 24/7 Roadside Assistance On All Vehicles (ACA) + On-Site Test Drive At Your Home or Office Anywhere In Sydney Metro + Top Prices Paid

$10,995
Minchinbury, NSW

Dealer used
4 hours ago

2017 Volkswagen Golf VII MY17 R 4MOTION Black 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 31994 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Rare Black 6 speed manua Golf R with only 31994 kms by one owner with full service history and 2 keys. Options Galore: Sun Roof, Full Leather, Heated Seats, Sat NAV, 19 Inch Alloy Wheels , Rear view camera , Cruise control Radar, Multiple driving modes (eco, comfort, normal, race, individual) and so much more. Trade-ins are welcome and finance is available at great rates with fast approvals by our friendly team.

$48,999
Welshpool, WA

Dealer used
4 hours ago

2012 VW Golf GTI with revo stage 2

  • 71933 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

looking for a quick sale as im moving interstate. basic rundown 2012 MANUAL golf gti with revo stage 2 package rare asf red leather interior just had a service done 3inch exhaust all the way pioneer active slim subwoofer will put 12months rego on for new owner. kenwood headunit GFB bov iilumo white lighting kit very zippy car and has a nice exhaust note price nego

Contactless
$13,000
Melbourne CBD, VIC

4 hours ago

2014 Volkswagen Golf VII MY14 GTI DSG Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

  • 87324 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2014 Volkswagen Golf VII MY14 GTI DSG Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

$27,488
Maddington, WA

Dealer used
5 hours ago

2013 Volkswagen Golf 103 Tdi Comfortline 6 Sp Auto Direct Shif...

  • 164265 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

2013 VW Golf Comfortline 2.0 TDI Wagon Powerful diesel engine Almost new tyres New Brakes Recently serviced Dual-zone Aircon Well maintained car Towbar Plenty of boot space Will provide Roadworthy Certificate Happy to negotiate but No ridiculous offers please!

$14,990Negotiable
Macquarie, ACT

5 hours ago

2013 Volkswagen Golf 103 Tsi Highline 7 Sp Auto Direct Shift 5...

  • 72000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Low km’s Good condition Recently serviced in VW service All electrical in working condition Always Garaged

$16,500Negotiable
Sydney City, NSW

5 hours ago

2012 Volkswagen Golf MK6 R Tuned DSG Miracle Blue

  • 154000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Quick Mk 6 R (Stage 1/2 tuned, read below for more info) open to offers, worst I can say is no. Just put 6 months of rego on. The Good: Receipts for most things done to the car in 2020: Last service in December New front tyres (June) Roof lining redone professionally (May) New Battery (April) New PCV/Purge/Valve cover gasket Exterior: OSIR Style carbon fins Flow design front lip (colour matched - not on car anymore, but can come included in price) Carbon spoiler extension ROTIFORM wheels (Mich

$21,900
Paddington, NSW

5 hours ago

2014 Volkswagen Golf VII MY14 GTI DSG Performance Red/Black 6 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch

  • 56518 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

``This beautifully presented 2014 VW Golf GTI Performance hatch, is outstanding value and offers great comfort and safety. Some of the many features include Great fuel economy, Sat Nav, Blue tooth connectivity, Rear parking camera & sensors. This car has amazing presence and performance to match. The car looks stunning and comes with great comfort and safety features. `` Our price promise is easy - we won't be beaten on price. Buy with confidence wi

$28,976
Castle Hill, NSW

Dealer used
5 hours ago

2019 Volkswagen Golf 7.5 MY20 110TSI DSG Trendline White 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch

  • 28155 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

*** VW GOLF - TRENDLINE DSG*** BOOKS *** SUN ROOF *** LEATHER *** APPLE CAR PLAY *** LOW K'S*** WOW VERY TIDY INSIDE AND OUT AND DRIVES MINT - 1 OWNER JUST BEEN SERVICED AND SAFETY CHECKED BY OUR CERTIFIED TECH TEAM FULL SERVICE HISTORY FROM NEW / 1 OWNER * APPLE CAR PLAY / ANDROID AUTO * ALLOYS * CRUISE CONTROL * FORWARD COLLISION THE LIST GOES ON AND ON ... YOU MUST SEE HOW MUCH THIS CAR HAS THIS CAR IS A

$26,990
Myaree, WA

Dealer used
6 hours ago

2018 Volkswagen Golf 7.5 MY18 GTI DSG Silver 6 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

  • 42143 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Perth's one stop shop for TOYOTA CERTIFIED pre-owned vehicles, Our commitment to quality service begins with our customer relationships and extends throughout the entire operation. Due to our commitment to continuous improvement (Kaizen) All prices you will find to be market leading, so add that to a reliable service backed by Toyota. OH WHAT A FEELING !! In 2016, DVG became part of Japanese IDOM Inc., one of the largest Automotive Groups in the World. IDOM Automotive

$44,990
Bellevue, WA

Dealer used
6 hours ago

2014 Volkswagen Golf VII MY14 103TSI DSG Highline Black 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch

  • 65000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Mint condition Golf 103TSI Highline! This car looks stunning in Deep Black with all the modern features you'll need! SUPER LOW KM AT 65,000!! -Reverse Camera -Parking sensors -Bluetooth -USB input -Auto headlights -Driver and passenger airbags -Electric hand-brake -Alloy wheels ***FAST AND EASY FINANCE***FREE ROAD SIDE ASSISTANCE*** Mint condition Golf 103TSI Highline! This car looks stunning in Deep Black with all the modern feature

$20,490
Myaree, WA

Dealer used
6 hours ago

Volkswagen Golf GTI

  • 169000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl

Up for sale is my 2006 Volkswagen Golf GTI 5 speed Automatic with 169000 km comes with 6 months rego immaculate condition inside and out serviced every time great on fuel efficiency mechanically A1 selling due to not needing anymore come have a look price is slightly negotiable if interested inbox me on only serious buyers no time wasters!!! Features: Power steering Power mirrors Power windows Comfortable seats Remote central locking Original Stereo Cruise control Abs brakes A/C hot cold

$9,999Negotiable
Canterbury, NSW

6 hours ago

2013 Volkswagen Golf VII MY14 103TSI DSG Highline Blue 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Wagon

  • 87653 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto

* WE ARE OPERATING OUR BUSINESS WITHIN ALL CURRENT GOVERNMENT HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES * ALL VEHICLES HAVE BEEN HANDPICKED AND UNDERTAKEN OUR 101 POINT SAFETY CHECK *EXPERIENCE OUR EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE AND DRIVE AWAY WITH A TERRIFIC DEAL TODAY * TOP TRADE-IN PRICES PAID * INSTANT FINANCE AT BANK RATES TO APPROVED PURCHASERS * VIRTUAL APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE OR VISIT US AND CHAT WITH ONE OF OUR FRIENDLY MEMBERS OF STAFF * FAMILY OWNED AND BEEN SERVING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY SINCE 1969, WE

$17,980Drive Away^
Springvale, VIC

Dealer used
6 hours ago

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Overview of the Volkswagen Golf

Overview of the Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf emerged in 1974 as a hatchback that would essentially replace the famous, long-running Beetle as the German brand's car for the masses.

It has since established itself as a classless vehicle with broad appeal, as well as a reputation for leading the mainstream small-car segment for quality, refinement and technology.

A large range of models includes hatchbacks, wagons and cabriolets, as well as famous hot-hatch models in the form of the iconic GTI and cult all-wheel-drive R.

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GENERATIONS (SINCE 2003)

2003-2008

2008-2012

2013-present

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption (2013 onwards)

1.4L 4-cylinder turbo petrol: 4.9 to 5.7 litres per 100km

2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel: 4.7 to 5.0 litres per 100km

2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol (GTI): 6.2 to 6.7 litres per 100km

2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol (R): 7.1 to 7.3 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

Double-clutch gearboxes have been VW's biggest headache with the Golf. Failures are way too common, especially in versions fitted to lower-specification models. Sporty and diesel Golfs get a tougher version, but it's still not without problems.

Any shuddering when taking off, odd shift patterns or a sudden loss of drive are all grounds for concern. And a new gearbox is not cheap.

GTi versions have a track record of turbocharger failures, so a close mechanical check is in order. VW has used up to four different versions of the turbocharger, so find out which one you're dealing with.

Even when running properly, the GTi engine can consume oil between changes, so keep an eye on the dipstick.

Performance versions were also popular with tuners, but any Golf modified for more performance can amount to a hand-grenade.