The Volkswagen Golf should almost need no introduction as one of the most enduring hatchbacks, or even cars, of the last few decades.
Introduced in 1974 to replace the Volkswagen Beetle as a new 'car for the people', the Golf is now heading into its eighth generation, or Mk8. For now, the Golf 7.5 is still the predominant model on sale in Australia.
With the entry level VW Golf 110 TSI Trendline just above the $25,000 mark, the range stretches up to around $58,000 for the performance-focused Volkswagen Golf R Wagon.
Though it is one of the oldest names in hatchback land, the Volkswagen Golf is now beset by plenty of rivals from Japan like the Mazda 3 and the Toyota Corolla, or from Korea as the Hyundai i30.
Though these all sell in higher volumes, the VW Golf is positioned as a more premium offering by Volkswagen.
It's difficult to be specific about the reliability of the model range, but generally Volkswagen Golfs will last into the low-hundreds of thousands without any critical issues if servicing is kept up. Volkswagen's servicing costs can sometimes be a little higher than other cars in the hatchback segment.
Is the Volkswagen Golf all-wheel drive?
Most versions of the Volkswagen Gold are front-wheel drive, but the slightly rugged Golf Alltrack or racey Golf R variants are both AWD.
The Volkswagen Golf R hatchback is the fastest version of the Golf, thanks to its powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive system. VW claims it can reach 100km/h from stand-still in 4.8 seconds.