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Volkswagen Golf guide

Everything you need to know about the 2019 Volkswagen Golf

Here's a Volkswagen Golf guide for the pre-2020 model.

ModelEnginePowerTorqueBody stylesRatingDriveaway price
VW Golf 110TSI1.4-litre TSI110kW250NmHatchNot yet ratedFrom $33,664
VW Golf 110TSI Life1.4-litre TSI110kW250NmWagonNot yet ratedFrom $38,711
VW Golf 110TSI R-Line1.8-litre TSI132kW280NmWagonNot yet ratedFrom $42,007
VW Golf GTI2.0-litre TSI180kW370NmHatchNot yet ratedFrom $58,862
VW Golf R2.0-litre turbocharged petrol235kW*420Nm*HatchNot yet ratedFrom $TBC

*Final power outputs to be confirmed

Compare these hatchbacks & read our reviews

Name Product Boot displacement ANCAP rating Price (from) Finder Score
Volkswagen Golf
374L
5 stars
$32,790
84.4%
Mazda 3
295L
5 stars
$25,590
83%
Mazda 2
Mazda 2
250L
5 stars
$20,990
82.5%
Hyundai i30
Green Company
Hyundai i30
378L
5 stars
$20,440
82.2%
Ford Focus
341L
5 stars
$25,990
82%
Holden Astra
Holden Astra
445L
5 stars
$21,490
81.2%
Toyota Corolla
333L
5 stars
$36,600
80.25%
Volkswagen Polo
280L
5 stars
$18,790
79%
Honda Civic
Honda Civic
414L
5 stars
$23,590
78.6%
Subaru Impreza
345L
5 stars
$23,080
77.75%
Suzuki Swift
Suzuki Swift
242L
5 stars
$17,690
76%
Nissan Leaf
5 stars
$49,990
76%
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Quick VW Golf facts

The Volkswagen Golf has been the pinnacle of hatchback cars since its launch in 1974. There have been seven generations of Golfs, with an eighth now here. According to online figures, the Volkswagen Golf is the third best-selling car model ever produced.

The GTI Golf exemplifies and popularised the hot hatch concept. Around the world, some markets can also buy an e-Golf, a battery-powered electric Golf.

2021 Volkswagen Golf

What to consider when buying a VW Golf

Here are things you need to consider when buying a new Golf.

Which Golf model is best?

Volkswagen Golf rear view

With so many Golf variations, there's a model to suit everyone.

Which 2020 Golf should I buy for a family car?

Any of the Golf wagons would make sense for family buyers, with room for five, plus a great big boot. Trendline, Comfortline and Highline wagons all make sense as a solid family daily driver.

Parents who live up unpaved tracks or like to head out on roads less travelled might go for the Golf AllTrak wagon, which VW describes as an SUV crossed with a wagon.

For those who still want a bit of a sporty family car, take a look at the Golf R Wagon. It's a fiery beast, with 213kW and 380Nm and large 19-inch alloys, plus leather seat appointments.

I want something sporty

The Golf GTI is the classic hot hatch and often labelled as the sweet spot in the range. Car reviewers raved about the engine, sweet looks and interior equipment. If you really want to go for something special, the R Golfs are the most powerful and exciting to drive.

Volkswagen set to premiere new Golf GTI

VW Golf GTI, GTE and GTD
VW has confirmed some of the final launch details, as well as releasing some images of near-production ready Golf GTI models. The cars will be officially shown to audiences at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Based on the MK8 Golf, the three GTI models could arrive here in early 2021.

The Golf GTE PHEV

The trims are GTI, GTE and GTD. The main differences are the power source, as the GTE is a plug-in hybrid with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Meanwhile, the GTD has a torquey 2.0-litre turbo diesel.

Which 2020 Golf has the most equipment?

The Golf Highline with optional packages fitted has a long spec list and will be a very comfortable, well-equipped hatchback.

VW Golf Comfortline side

Where is the Golf made?

Volkswagen has two assembly lines in Germany, one in Wolfsburg (the world's largest car plant) and another in Zwickau, Saxony.

When is the Golf getting updated?

Very soon! From photos we've seen, the design and construction has been pretty much finalised, as production ready test cars have been spotted with heavy prototype camouflage.

The world premiere should happen in the next few weeks, with the first cars reaching debut markets around December 2020.

Latest Volkswagen Golf news

VW Golf financing

When buying a Volkswagen Golf with finance, make sure you take a few seconds to compare different car loans. You could save hundreds of dollars over the loan term.


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loans.com.au - New - Variable Rate Special
Variable3 - 7 Years $5,000 - $150,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
6.24%
to 7.74%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
7.36%
to 8.85%
Application Fee
$400
Monthly Fee
$8
Monthly Repayment
$630.83
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OurMoneyMarket New Car Loan
Fixed1 - 7 Years $2,001 - $75,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
6.57%
to 18.99%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
7.19%
to 21.78%
Application Fee
$250
min.
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
$622.82
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Verified Lending Used Car Loan
Fixed1 - 7 Years $10,000 - $200,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
7.1%
to 18.99%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
8.06%
to 22.99%
Application Fee
$395
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
$630.67
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Simplify New Car Loan
Fixed1 - 7 Years $10,000 - $300,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
6.19%
to 18%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
6.6%
to 23%
Application Fee
$395
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
$622.21
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NRMA New Car Loan
Fixed1 - 7 Years $5,000 - $130,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
7.29%
to 16.99%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
8%
to 17.77%
Application Fee
$499
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
$635.67
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Note: Take out a loan for an eligible electric vehicle and receive a 1.5% discount on your personalised interest rate (interest rates start from 5.79% p.a. and comparison rates from 6.49% p.a.)
RACV New Car Loans
Fixed1 - 7 Years $5,000 - $150,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
7.29%
to 16.99%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
8%
to 17.77%
Application Fee
$499
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
$635.67
Go to siteMore Info
You'll receive a fixed rate from 7.29% p.a.
A larger loan of $5,000 or more to help you buy a new or used car. 5-hour pre approval available and no ongoing fees.
OurMoneyMarket Used Car Loan - No Vehicle Age Limit
Fixed1 - 7 Years $2,001 - $75,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
6.57%
to 18.99%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
7.19%
to 21.78%
Application Fee
$250
min.
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
$622.82
Go to siteMore Info
NRMA Used Car Loan
Fixed1 - 7 Years $5,000 - $130,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
8.49%
to 16.99%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
9.21%
to 17.77%
Application Fee
$499
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
$647.01
Go to siteMore Info
You'll receive a fixed rate from 8.49% p.a.
Finance a used car with NRMA and benefit from a fixed rate term and no monthly fees. Pre-approval available within 5 business hours.
Simplify Used Car Loan
Fixed1 - 7 Years $10,000 - $300,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
6.19%
to 18%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
6.6%
to 23%
Application Fee
$395
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
$622.21
Go to siteMore Info
loans.com.au - Variable Rate Used Car < 5 years
Variable3 - 7 Years $5,000 - $150,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
7.74%
to 7.74%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
8.85%
to 8.99%
Application Fee
$400
Monthly Fee
$8
Monthly Repayment
$644.82
Go to siteMore Info
RACV Used Car Loans
Fixed1 - 7 Years $5,000 - $150,000
Interest Rate (p.a.)
8.49%
to 16.99%
Comp. Rate (p.a.)
9.21%
to 17.77%
Application Fee
$499
Monthly Fee
$0
Monthly Repayment
$647.01
Go to siteMore Info
You'll receive a fixed rate from 8.49% p.a.
Benefit from no ongoing fees, 5-hour approval and a 21-day satisfaction guarantee. Interest rate discounts for members.
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