Guide to Volkswagen Golf in South Africa

Considered by many to be one of the most iconic cars in history, the Volkswagen Golf has grown from strength to strength and is still the go-to option in the premium hatchback segment for many drivers.

Not only is the Golf Volkswagen's best-selling model, it's also one of the top three best-selling cars of all time, along with the Toyota Corolla and Ford F Series. By June 2013, Volkswagen Golf sales had surpassed 30 million!

In South Africa, the Volkswagen Golf continues to be one of the brand's bestsellers, but it's not without its rivals, even from within VW's own ranks. For some time now, the Volkswagen Polo and Polo Vivo models have surpassed the Golf in sales according to NAAMSA's vehicle sales reports.

Considering that both the Polo and Polo Vivo models are more affordable, this could indicate a shift in market trends. Could this spell the end for the iconic VW Golf or does it still offer the excellent value for money it's famous for? Let's look at the details.

A brief history of Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen unveiled a boxy, simple, and straightforward Golf in 1974. Unbeknown to VW at the time, they had created a gold mine. From the get-go, Volkswagen Golf sales exceeded all expectations, with sales in Europe leading the way.

Known as the Mk1 or Citi Golf in South Africa, the buzzing little box zoomed straight into the hearts and minds of millions around the world. Due to this success, VW later introduced the GTI version in 1976.

The second-generation Volkswagen Golf was launched in 1983 and featured a larger, heavier design that better complied with modern safety regulations. Named the Mk2, the new Golf still looked fairly similar to its predecessor.

The third generation (Mk3) was launched in 1993 and showcased a new design direction for the brand. Gone were the round headlights; this model featured square ones all round.

The fourth-generation (Mk4) of 1997 was similar to the Mk3 but featured more subtle curves in the design.

The fifth- (Mk5), sixth- (Mk6), and seventh- (Mk7) generation models, the latter of which is the present model, were all introduced with more rounded bodies and details. Each model represented the change in safety regulations and design trends of their time.

Volkswagen Golf details

The latest Volkswagen Golf boasts a round external design complemented by sharp edges, while the interior has innovative and modern specs such as an interactive info display which replaced the dated speed and rev meters. Blind spot detection in the side mirrors offers added safety while adaptive cruise control regulates the speed of the car in relation to its surroundings.

The dashboard is dominated by the 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system which boasts gesture control. The infotainment system connects via USB and Bluetooth to transform the vehicle into a personalised media centre.

The base Volkswagen Golf Trendline TSI offers 81 kW and 200 Nm of torque and boasts a combined fuel consumption figure of 4.8 L/100 km. The claimed CO2 emissions output is 109 g/km.

Buying a Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf range is available to order at any Volkswagen dealership located in South Africa or online using the VW website. You can choose from an array of specifications and optional extras, from the power unit to the interior trim.

You can apply for finance online or at your nearest VW dealership.

The entry-level Volkswagen Golf Trendline TSI retails from R322,100.

Volkswagen Golf warranty

The Volkswagen Golf comes standard with a three-year/120,000 km warranty and a five-year/90,000 km service plan, with service intervals every 15,000 km. Volkswagen also includes a generous 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.

There are additional optional maintenance and service plans available with every Volkswagen Golf model, so connect with your nearest dealership to find out which warranties come with the model you've got your eye on.

Volkswagen Golf insurance

Volkswagen Golf owners can insure their vehicles using Volkswagen Insurance Services or with a third-party insurer. However, because Ctrack lists Volkswagen among the highest theft risk vehicle brands in South Africa, you'd do well to compare quotes from a number of different car insurance companies. This way, you know you're getting the best possible deal on your car cover.

If you're looking for Volkswagen Golf car insurance quotes, you can compare a range of quotes online using our car insurance comparison tool. It only takes a few minutes and doesn't cost a cent. So before you commit, hippo it!

Prices quoted are correct at the time of publishing this article. The information in this article is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as financial, legal, or medical advice.