Often regarded as a benchmark car in its class if you’re a keen driver, the Volkswagen Golf has had its ups and downs in recent years. Both in troubles with quality control and false emissions testing. See the What To Look For section of this review for details about the latter. The great majority of Golfs in Australia are five-door hatchbacks, there are also three-door hatches, five-door station wagons and a cabriolet. The ‘Golf’ four-door sedan is called Jetta. Boot space in the sedans is substantially better than in the… Read more


From the late 1950s and well into the ’70s the original “dak-dak” VW Beetle was a much-loved car that sold in large numbers. But it eventually become hopelessly out of date when compared with competitors and sales plummeted and it was taken off the market. When the Volkswagen New Beetle arrived in Australia in 2000 many past owners of the original model VW looked at it with loving eyes and fond memories. Then they learned that it had a water-cooled front engine that drove the front wheels and stayed away… Read more


The fifth generation of the Volkswagen Caddy will arrive in Australia in July. It’s coming in a variety of models ranging from commercial vans to people movers. Five variants will initially be offered across the range with more likely to follow later. Gen 5 Volkswagen Caddy is available in two wheelbases; SWB and Maxi. The SWB variants have an overall length of 4500mm, an increase of 92mm over the previous model. The wheelbase has is now 2,755mm and the cargo space length to 1,797mm. The Caddy Maxi variants measure a… Read more


Volkswagen Australia’s best-selling model, the Tiguan SUV has received update and will go sale Downunder in two stages. The Tiguan 162TSI and the new 147TDI models arrive in late May followed in June by the 132TSI. Tiguan comes in three grades: Life; Elegance; and the sport-themed R-Line. The Life grade is offered with either a 1.4-litre 110kW/250Nm with front-wheel drive and six- speed DSG transmission or as a 132TSI 132kW/320Nm with 4MOTION all-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG. Volkswagen Tiguan Elegance and R-Line models comes with either the 162kW/350Nm petrol… Read more


Volkswagen Tiguan SUV, has received a series of updates. The Tiguan Life is offered as a 1.4-litre 110kW/250Nm with front-wheel drive and six-speed DSG transmission; or as a 132TSI 4MOTION all-wheel drive with a seven-speed DSG with 132kW and 320Nm. Tiguan Elegance and R-Line have the choice of a 162kW/350Nm petrol variant or the 147kW/400Nm turbo-diesel, both versions with a seven-speed DSG automatic and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Tech highlights include standard Digital Cockpit Pro, Touch climate controls and IQ.DRIVE with a new haptic touch steering wheel. Replacing Traffic Jam Assist,… Read more


Volkswagen Group Australia is bringing back the Wolfsburg badge in the form of 100 V8 Touaregs and 200 with the latest V6 turbo diesel.   At 4.9 seconds, barely behind the Golf R’s 0-100km/h time, the 100 Wolfsburg V8s will be the last Touaregs built with this 4.0-litre 310kW/900Nm turbo diesel. They join the 200 Touareg R-Line V8s that go on sale late this year. The Touareg Wolfsburg V6 is equipped with the latest EU6 version of the Volkswagen’s Group’s 3.0 TDI. This is good for 210KW/600Nm and a Golf… Read more


Volkswagen Australia says it is pleased to announce the return of the 140TDI engine to the Tiguan Allspace range, which has been previously unavailable due to WLTP-related production restrictions. “Volkswagen Australia Director of Customer Experience and Marketing, Mr. Jason Bradshaw, was pleased to have the full offering of Tiguan Allspace variants back in the fold. “Diesel remains an essential part of our model mix, and is a necessity for many of our customers,” Mr. Bradshaw said. “It’s good news for everyone that we can once again offer this popular variant,”… Read more


Volkswagen’s T-Cross is a small vehicle that’s the German company’s first entrant in the compact SUV segment. It follows the “T” naming of other VWs – Tiguan, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg. The “Cross” on the name indicates that it’s a crossover rather than a SUV, being aimed at tough urban running rather than bush bashing. Though we feel there are times when bush bashing isn’t as hard on a vehicle as the urban jungle… Volkswagen T-Cross is sold in two versions, 85TSI Life ($27,990) and 85TSI Style ($30,990). The Life… Read more


2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

Volkswagen Passat is a medium-large German car. Note the it shares quite a few out of sight components with upmarket Audis as that prestige marque is controlled by the Volkswagen Group. The Passat works well for those looking for comfort, it has well-shaped seats and suspension which is able to soak up just about anything, even rough and ready Aussie backroads. Handling is good, with neutral road behaviour at normal speeds, gradually changing to safe understeer if the big car is pushed hard. Though smaller engines aren’t always accepted by… Read more


2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Still regarded as a benchmark car in its class if you’re a keen driver, the Volkswagen Golf has had its ups and downs in recent years. Once famed for German build quality and long-term reliability it has experienced more than its fair share of problems in recent years. However, things now appear to be on the straight and narrow again and Golf’s reputation has gone pretty well back to normal. Golf 6 was a heavily revised version of the Golf 5, with better aerodynamics, a quieter ride and lower fuel… Read more