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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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Top2014 Volkswagen Golf VI MY15 118TSI DSG Black 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Cabriolet

  • 87823 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.4L

DEAL WITH THE BEST! Amazing vehicles PRICED RIGHT! Enquire now to discuss how we can make this process as simple, easy and enjoyable as possible! Here is a quick snapshot why our dealership can serve you best: > 60-minute finance approval T.A.P > We specialise in interstate sales & deliveries > Appointments available AH to suit your busy schedule > State-of the art workshop > Competitive Finance & Vehicle protection packages > Free Valuations > Excellence in

$22,888Drive Away^
Ferntree Gully, VIC

Dealer used
21/05/2022

Top2020 Volkswagen Golf AU MY20 R Final Edition White 7 Speed Auto Direct Shift Hatchback

  • 23987 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

THOUSANDS SPENT ON THIS FINAL EDITION GOLF, IE STAGE 2 TUNE AND IE TCU TUNE WITH IE INSTAKE, TURBO ELBOW, IE INTERCOOLER, DOWN PIPE, INVIDIA CATBACK WITH TURBOSMART BOV. FINANCE AVAILABLE AND TRADE INS WELCOME!

$66,995
Jandakot, WA

Dealer used
13 hours ago

Top2020 Volkswagen Golf AU MY20 R Final Edition White 7 Speed Auto Direct Shift Hatchback

  • 27304 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

This 2020 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R FINAL EDITION HATCHBACK is a 2.0 Litre 4cyl Turbo with a 7 Speed Automatic and has travelled 27,000kms. This Golf R is finished in Pure White with Black Leather Interior and features: + Black 19 Inch Wheels + Sunroof + VW Active Info Display Digital Dashboard + Sat Nav + Park Distance Control with Rear Parking Camera + Apple CarPlay & Android Auto + Heated Front Seats + Dynaudio Sound System + Keyless Start + Dual Zone Climate Control + Radar Cruise Control + Autom

$68,800
Rozelle, NSW

Dealer used
22 hours ago

Top2010 Volkswagen Golf VI MY10 R 4MOTION Blue Graphite 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 96428 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Can't get to us or prefer to stay in the comfort of your own home we will happily video call you and give you a full walk around of the vehicle. Contact one of our friendly team members today. It?s easy to see why the Golf R has such a cult following! This Blue Graphic turbocharged weapon is extremely well presented with genuine low kms and presents with a full service history, including just being serviced here at our Dealership. This Golf R is powered by 4 cylinder turbo charged 2.0 litre eng

$24,966
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
21/05/2022

Top2018 Volkswagen Golf 7.5 MY18 GTi White 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 50534 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Sporty and fun low km 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI MY18 manual 6 speed in excellent condition white with black sport seats including contrast red stitching and heated front seats, very sleek with 18-inch alloys, red calipers, sunroof, blind spot monitoring, front and rear sensors, reverse camera, bluetooth, cd player, satellite navigation, apple car play and android auto plus much more. floor mats and cargo tray. Easy onsite finance inc no deposit options available All trade-ins welcome! #3

$39,990
Palmyra, WA

Dealer used
19 hours ago

Top2010 Volkswagen Golf VI MY11 118TSI DSG Comfortline Black 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Wagon

  • 127331 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.4L

Full service history abs traction control front and side air bags climate control cd player alloy wheels power windows mirrors steering air con. we are still operating as per usual with all mechanics open to prepare sold vehicle, all sold cars are transferred instantly online with no delays. We are practising a safe working environment with social distancing a requirement also disinfecting all vehicles. Thank you for your understanding. 25 MINUTES FROM CBD TOWARDS SOUTH EAST SUBURBS OF Melbou

$9,999Drive Away^
Mordialloc, VIC

Dealer used
20/05/2022

Golf R 2015

  • 137000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Selling my dream car due to an upgrade to a bigger car. Non smoker Just got serviced and new brakes. Rego till dec 1 key 137000kms, auto Willing to negotiate Message for more.

$36,000Negotiable
Busby, NSW

2 minutes ago

2014 Volkswagen Golf R 6 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 99474 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

Owned since new. Lady driver for the daily commute within the same suburb. Car has been well looked after, always serviced, washed and garaged. Never been modified. Never been tracked. Non-smoking driver. Major service recently completed in December which included water pump replacement. Bluetooth capability that allows you to make hands free phone calls while driving. SAFETY FEATURES - Side airbags - Knee airbag for driver - Passenger airbag - Driver airbag - Front parking sens

$35,000
Berwick, VIC

4 minutes ago

2011 Volkswagen Golf 118 Tsi Comfortline 6 Sp Manual 5d Hatchback

  • 175000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.4L

10k Full service history . In great condition inside and out. Turbo and supercharged. May swap for anything of interest

$10,000Negotiable
Murray Bridge, SA

4 minutes ago

2011 Volkswagen Golf 90 TSI TRENDLINE

  • 151375 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.4L

BUY WITH CONFIDENCE FREE 3 YEARS UNLIMITED KM'S WARRANTY. it has RWC & is ready to go. All of our cars go through a 110-point mechanical check through our workshop and are kept up-to-date with servicing. This beautiful & popular VW GOLF WITH LOG BOOK is a very clean and tidy unit, it is not only cheap to run, but is a great car to drive and is very comfortable, reliable and economical. It will make the ideal car for a family or first time buyer. This car contains many features, including: •

$9,990
Dandenong, VIC

Dealer used
9 minutes ago

2018 Volkswagen Golf 7.5 MY18 110TSI DSG Highline Grey 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Wagon

  • 70051 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.4L

BUY WITH CONFIDENCE FROM A MULTI-FRANCHISE DEALER Yes this car is available and ready to drive away! Call or email for a quick response and one of our friendly sales team will contact you to arrange your purchase. We have over 150 cars to choose from, of all makes and models. All prices are drive away, all vehicles under 160,000km come with 3 months/5000km statutory warranty. Ask us about our optional 10 year/200,000km Mechanical Protection Plan covered Australia-wide, including premium road

$33,538Drive Away^
South Morang, VIC

Dealer used
14 minutes ago

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

  • 54213 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

**SENSATIONAL 4 DAY SUPER SALE RELOADED - $2,000 OFF!** WAS $42,750 - NOW ONLY $40,750 DRIVE AWAY! THAT'S RIGHT! DUE TO STRONG DEMAND WE HAVE RELOADED OUR SENSATIONAL 4 DAY SUPER SALE. SO STARTING THIS WEDNESDAY MAY 18th FOR 4 DAYS ONLY WE ARE NOW TAKING A SENSATIONAL $2,000 OFF THE PRICE OF OUR ALREADY LOW PRICES ON OUR SELECTED QUALITY USED CAR STOCK. BEING THE BIGGEST FRANCHISE USED CAR DEALER IN VICTORIA WE HAVE OVER 300 QUALITY LATE MODEL USED CARS IN STOCK AND AVAILABLE FOR DELIVERY N

$40,750Drive Away^
Elsternwick, VIC

Dealer used
24 minutes ago

2017 Volkswagen Golf 7.5 MY18 R DSG 4MOTION Wolfsburg Edition White 7 Speed

  • 92194 km
  • Wagon
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

BUY WITH CONFIDENCE FROM A MULTI-FRANCHISE DEALER Yes this car is available and ready to drive away! Call or email for a quick response and one of our friendly sales team will contact you to arrange your purchase. We have over 150 cars to choose from, of all makes and models. All prices are drive away, all vehicles under 160,000km come with 3 months/5000km statutory warranty. Ask us about our optional 10 year/200,000km Mechanical Protection Plan covered Australia-wide, including premium road

$48,570Drive Away^
South Morang, VIC

Dealer used
24 minutes ago

2017 Volkswagen Golf VII MY17 R DSG 4MOTION White 6 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

  • 34212 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

German engineered performance hatch with only 34,000km, full service history , powerful 2.0 litre turbo engine, six speed Tiptronic auto including paddle shift, SatNav, luxurious sports style leather seating, electric sunroof, adaptive cruise control, traction control, front side airbags bags, AWD traction, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, push button start, Bluetooth, heated front seating, custom black-out alloy rims, front and rear sensors, reverse camera plus more. Truly stunni

$46,999
Wangara, WA

Dealer used
24 minutes ago

2020 Volkswagen Golf 7.5 MY20 110TSI DSG Highline Indium Grey 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch

  • 21837 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.4L

German engineered upmarket R-Line hatch with the punchy 1.4 litre turbo engine, seven speed Tiptronic auto , SatNav, luxurious leather trim, electric sunroof, adaptive cruise control, traction control, front side airbags, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, push button start, Bluetooth, Apple/Android connectivity, heated front seating, alloy wheels, front and rear sensors, plus reverse camera. 21,000kms plus full service history and new car warranty until 2025 Absolutely unmarked We

$38,999
Victoria Park, WA

Dealer used
24 minutes ago

2007 Volkswagen Golf V MY07 Trendline DSG Grey 6 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

  • 117787 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.9L

Roadworthy completed ready for instant pick up we are still operating as per usual with all mechanics open to prepare sold vehicle, all sold cars are transferred instantly online with no delays. We are practising a safe working environment with social distancing a requirement also disinfecting all vehicles. Thank you for your understanding. 25 MINUTES FROM CBD TOWARDS SOUTH EAST SUBURBS OF Melbourne. Undercover showroom area provided and over 150 cars to choose from. All vehicles on site

$8,999Drive Away^
Mordialloc, VIC

Dealer used
27 minutes ago

2011 Volkswagen Golf 103 TDI COMFORTLINE ✔️15 MONTHS WARRANTY

  • 186001 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2011 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 103TDI AUTO IN WHITE WITH CLOTH INTERIOR PRESENTED IN VERY GOOD CONDITION INSIDE & OUTSIDE . SERVICE HISTORY AIR CONDITIONING CRUISE CONTROL BLUETOOTH POWER WINDOWS POWER MIRROES TRACTION CONTROL ALLOY WHEELS REGISTRATION 2 KEYS & MUCH MORE INCLUDED IN PRICE QUEENSLAND ROADWORTHY CERTIFICATE ✔️ PPSR TITLE CHECK – ✔️ NOT WRITTEN OFF, ✔️ NOT STOLEN, ✔️ NO MONEY OWING ALL CARS AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY ** ✔️15 MONTHS WARRANTY WITH *** ✔️24/7 ROADSIDE ASSIST AU

$11,990
Slacks Creek, QLD

Dealer used
29 minutes ago

2013 Volkswagen Golf VII 90TSI Silver 6 Speed Manual Hatchback

  • 111400 km
  • Hatchback
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl 1.4L

AWESOME MANUAL GOLF IN EXCELLENT CONDITION!!! THIS GREAT HATCH COMES WITH FULL SERVICE HISTORY AND IS SURE TO IMPRESS!!!! This has been extreemly well looked after!!!! Can't make it down for a test drive? No problems, our friendly staff can provide additional photos & videos for your convienence. Our friendly sales team are available seven days. When it comes to buying a car, to make it easier, we can come to you. We can do home or work demonstrations as well as over the phone valuations. For a

$13,990
Derwent Park, TAS

Dealer used
34 minutes ago

2013 Volkswagen Golf VII MY14 90TSI DSG Blue 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

  • 111900 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.4L

AR are pleased to be selling this well presented 2013 Volkswagen Golf 7 90TSI Hatchback 5dr DSG 7sp 1.4T [MY14] FEATURES & EXTRA'S - 4 CYL AUTO, 1.4 LT "TURBO", P PLATER OK - FULL SERVICE HISTORY - BLUETOOTH - TOUCH SCREEN WITH CD PLAYER / USB / MEMORY CARD - HILL HOLDER - ELEC STABILITY / TRACTION AND CRUISE CONTROL - 9 X AIR BAGS - MULTI FUNCTION STEERING WHEEL AND INFO SCREEN - DRIVER ATTENTION DETECTION - ELEC WINDOWS - HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE DRIVER'S SEAT - START / STOP SYSTEM - ELE

$16,990Drive Away^
Kedron, QLD

Dealer used
34 minutes ago

2008 Volkswagen Golf V MY08 Edition DSG Blue 6 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

  • 204211 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.9L

WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS and ready to serve your every motoring need!! Our showrooms and vehicles are cleaned and sanitized daily. Obligation free trade appraisals and finance quotes are available over the phone! We can even bring the vehicle to your home or work for an inspection or send you a comprehensive video of the many features of the car. BUYING A VEHICLE HAS NEVER BEEN SO EASY! ENQUIRE NOW!!

$4,888
Wickham, NSW

Dealer used
39 minutes ago

2014 Volkswagen Golf VII MY14 90TSI DSG White 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

  • 144148 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.4L

2014 Volkswagen Golf VII MY14 90TSI DSG White 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

$16,827Drive Away^
Hallam, VIC

Dealer used
54 minutes ago

2015 Volkswagen Golf VII MY15 103TSI DSG Highline Blue 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch

  • 96001 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.4L

***GREAT CONDITION***FRONT BRAKES***2 NEW TYRES*** 2015 Volkswagen Golf 7 103TSI Highline Hatchback 5dr DSG 7sp 1.4T [MY15] This well looked after Volkswagen Golf Highline is finished in Pacific blue metallic paint with black interior, only travelled 95,650 km's in great condition interior & Exterior! Just been serviced, front brakes & discs replaced and 2 new tyres, along with a 120 point inspection and car history report being completed this Volkswagen Golf is in stock ready for immediate

$20,888
Chatswood, NSW

Dealer used
59 minutes ago

2011 Volkswagen Golf 1K MY11 77 TSI Grey 7 Speed Auto Direct Shift Hatchback

  • 0 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.2L

2011 Volkswagen Golf 1K MY11 77 TSI Grey 7 Speed Auto Direct Shift Hatchback

$10,999Drive Away^
Hoppers Crossing, VIC

Dealer used
59 minutes ago

2018 Volkswagen Golf 7.5 MY19 110TSI DSG Trendline Blue 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch

  • 49793 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.4L

* * * ADVERTISED AT CLEARANCE PRICING * * * 1.4l Petrol 4cyl Engine Automatic Transmission Climate Control Fabric Seats Cruise Control Front Fog Lamps Reverse Camera Alloy Wheels Bluetooth We have the largest stock availability which means you have an extensive model and colour variety to choose from. Our Cars all include registration, Stamp Duty and a current Roadworthy certificate. Want peace of mind and quick delivery? Ask us for extended warranty and roadside assistance packages. Fantast

$27,999Drive Away^
Bundoora, VIC

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2020 Volkswagen Golf AU MY20 R Grey 7 Speed Auto Direct Shift Hatchback

  • 16133 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

This 2019 Built/2020 Complied VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R HATCHBACK is a 2.0 Litre 4cyl Turbo with a 7 Speed Automatic and has travelled 16,000kms. This Golf R is finished in Indium Grey with Black Leather Interior and features: + 19 Inch Wheels + VW Active Info Display Digital Dashboard + Sat Nav + Park Distance Control with Rear Parking Camera + Apple CarPlay & Android Auto + Heated Front Seats + Keyless Start + Dual Zone Climate Control + Radar Cruise Control + Automatic Headlights + Bluetooth and Mu

$59,800
Rozelle, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2018 Volkswagen Golf 7.5 MY19 R DSG 4MOTION Special Edition White 7 Speed

  • 8051 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

In As New Condition, Only Travelled 8,000 Klm, Stunning White Duco, Black Alloys Leather Trim, Sat Nav, Electrics, Cruise Control, Reverse Camera, Suit New Car Buyer. Call Out Today To Inspect This Lovely Vehicle. This vehicle is priced to sell. • Advertised price is inclusive of ALL drive-away costs – no more to pay • Trade-ins welcome • Fast approval and competitive rate finance available to approved applicants • Easy nationwide de

$59,990Drive Away^
Shepparton East, VIC

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2014 Volkswagen Golf 1C MY14 118 TSI Silver 7 Speed Auto Direct Shift Cabriolet

  • 97921 km
  • Convertible
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.4L

***** DELIVERY AUSTRALIA WIDE IS AVAILABLE ****** ***** THIS VEHICLE CAN BE SECURED SUBJECT TO INSPECTION ****** Available and priced to sell so genuine inquiry only please. Shop from home or visit our dealership. We are located 8 km from the Sydney CBD. Clear PPSR certificate supplied. This car can be registered in any State of Australia. Open Monday to Sunday by appointment. We accept all major credit cards, electronic transfer, bank cheques and cash. Competitive finance available over the

$17,990
Haberfield, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2017 Volkswagen Golf VII MY17 92TSI DSG Silver 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

  • 52693 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.4L

2017 Volkswagen Golf VII MY17 92TSI DSG Silver 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

$19,990
Myaree, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2019 Volkswagen Golf 7.5 MY19.5 R DSG 4MOTION White 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

  • 45000 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 2.0L

2019 Volkswagen Golf 7.5 MY19.5 R DSG 4MOTION White 7 Speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch Hatchback

$54,988
Midland, WA

Dealer used
2 hours ago

2015 Volkswagen Golf AU MY15 103 TSI Highline White 7 Speed Auto Direct Shift Hatchback

  • 98333 km
  • Hatchback
  • Auto
  • 4 cyl 1.4L

This 2015 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 103 TSI HATCHBACK is a 1.4 Litre 4cyl Turbo with a 7 Speed Automatic and has travelled 98,000kms. This Golf is finished in Pure White with Black Leather Interior and features: + 18 Inch Wheels + Sunroof + Sat Nav + Park Distance Control with Rear Parking Camera + Heated Front Seats + Dual Zone Climate Control + Cruise Control + Automatic Headlights + Bluetooth and Much More. The Golf 7 came to us in a more fuel efficient, safer and dynamically better package than its

$21,800
Rozelle, NSW

Dealer used
2 hours ago

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  • CarsGuide gave the Volkswagen Golf an average rating of 7.9 out of 10 with 105 expert reviews.The reviews span across several years and variants. Check CarsGuide site for more details.

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.