The Volkswagen Golf is Behind The Wheel’s 2014 Car of the Year
Volkswagen’s iconic Golf Mark VII range has notched up yet another award for its growing trophy cabinet, being named Behind The Wheel’s 2014 Car of the Year.
The award, judged by Behind The Wheel’s editorial team who produce the Behind The Wheel website, podcast and radio programme, recognises one vehicle each year as the best. The judges take into account all relevant factors, including; purchase price, warranty, standard features, fuel economy, safety, as well as external appearance, cabin feel and features and driving performance.
The Car of the Year accolade acknowledges the diversity and versatility of Volkswagen Australia’s Golf range, which includes hatchbacks, wagons and performance models.
Speaking on the Golf’s ultimate success, Behind The Wheel editor Joel Helmes said:
“Whether you go for the mild, or the wild variants of the Volkswagen Golf you are onto a winner. It’s just the right size, has plenty of standard features, great looks and really is a car for just about all Australian car buyers.”
He also noted the accessibility of the Golf for buyers: “The Golf range also provides a premium European feel with still very reasonable and realistic pricing.”
Volkswagen Golf R is Drive’s Car of the Year in the Under $60k Performance category
Ultimate Golf claims Drive’s Under $60k Performance COTY title
The accolades keep coming for the multi-award-winning Golf range, with Volkswagen’s pinnacle Golf model, the fire-breathing 206kW Golf R DSG, claiming victory in Drive’s Car of the Year awards in the Under $60k Performance category.
The Golf R impressed Drive’s judges above all others in a diverse range of category competitors, with its extensive list of standard technical and comfort features and blistering performance.
Volkswagen Group Australia Managing Director, John White, lauded the Golf R’s win: “Australians love their performance cars, and I am extremely pleased that the Golf R has been recognised as the category’s best by Drive’s expert panel of judges.”
Drive’s judges applauded the hot Golf, stating: “While the performance category lends to having an inherent focus on going fast, which the Golf R offers in spades, it also does an equally commendable job of trundling down to the shops to buy milk – something none of its competitors are yet to master to the same degree.
According to the judges, “in the latest generation of sportscar, it seems enthusiasts can have their cake and eat it too.”
Drive’s Car of the Year awards recognises the year’s best vehicles in 13 categories, assessing 42 vehicles over 20,000 kilometres of testing at Goulburn’s Wakefield Park.
Golf R claims MOTOR Magazine’s ‘Bang For Your Bucks’ Award
The Volkswagen Golf R has been named MOTOR magazine’s ‘Bang For Your Bucks’ champion for 2014 in the $50,000 to $100,000 category.
Beating a field of many more exotic competitors, the Golf R was proven the performance bargain of its category, as the fastest car 0-100km/h and with the quickest lap time around Winton Raceway.
Volkswagen has won the Bang For Your Bucks shootout several times previously with Golf GTI crowned winner in 2010 and the Polo GTI in 2011 and 2012.
The Golf R is available in manual or DSG transmission and is priced from $51,990.
Volkswagen’s triple triumph in carsales.com.au Car of the Year Awards
Volkswagen has dominated the inaugural carsales.com.au Car of the Year Awards claiming victory across three categories for the Polo, Golf and Amarok.
The Polo was named Best City Car, thanks to its great value for money, benchmark fuel economy and enhanced assistance systems in the newly revised model.
Managing editor at carsales.com Ltd, Marton Pettendy highlighted the benefits of the Polo’s recent update: “Volkswagen’s smallest model in Australia was our top city-car pick even before the comprehensively facelifted version brought more big-car safety and connectivity features in August.”
Adding to already impressive lists of accolades, the Golf succeeded in the all-important Best Family Car under $30K category, and the Amarok was named the Best Tradie vehicle.
On the Golf’s win, news editor, Ken Gratton’s summary said: “Golf is consistently holding its value better than its rivals in the small-car segment, and even one of its prime competitors admits the VW’s running costs place it on the podium.”
Volkswagen’s Amarok was according to RV editor, Chris Fincham: “The supremely refined ride is complemented by a quality finish both inside and out, while the total cost of ownership represents real value given the features and function on offer. It’s no wonder Volkswagen’s ‘tradie in a tuxedo’ is finding favour across the nation.”
The awards take into consideration factors including cost to run, retained value, consumer engagement and affordability in determining the winners of the 13 category awards.
Three trophies for Volkswagen at the 2014 Australia’s Best Car Awards
Volkswagen has collected three highly valued trophies at the Australia’s Best Car Awards. Earlier today the Golf 90TSI Comfortline collected the award for small cars priced under $35,000 while the Golf GTI took out the ‘Best Sports Car under $50,000’ for the second year in a row. The formidable Touareg also once again collected a trophy, making it four in a row for our premium SUV.
Volkswagen Group Australia’s Managing Director, John White, was extremely pleased with the company’s success: “It is without doubt a great honour to receive these accolades for our multi-award-winning products.”
“The Golf has been such a great success both here and around the world, we only wish we could secure more vehicles to meet the demand.
“Our Touareg continues to deliver year after year and we are very pleased the judges agree that it remains the benchmark in its class,” said Mr White.
Reflecting on the Golf’s win, the Australia’s Best Cars judges lauded the Golf’s impressive package, stating: “Almost sports-like in performance, Volkswagen’s attention to detail gives the Golf 90TSI Comfortline a number of firsts.”
The judges also hailed the Golf GTI as “the quintessential all-rounder”, adding: “One of the nicest aspects of this sports car is that it has no unwanted traits; it rides well on all surfaces and is enjoyable for day-to-day commuting and touring.”
For a fourth year in a row, Australia’s Best Cars picked Volkswagen’s Touareg over its competition, saying: “Having been successful in Australia’s Best Cars in 2013, the Volkswagen Touareg was again in a strong position this year, but it also faced some new challenges.
“…the winning vehicle had to combine superlative luxury with excellent abilities both on and off road, and all for a reasonable price. The Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI did just that.”
Australia’s Best Car Awards places the country’s most popular vehicles through rigorous testing and analysis to determine the best vehicles on offer for consumers. It is the nation’s most comprehensive and independent customer-focused vehicle testing and awards program