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Volkswagen Golf 77TSi Hatch (2011)

by John Ewing,reviewed April 2011

The 77TSi is the new entry level model with a price some $3000 lower than previously required to join the Golf club.
Safety is still a feature though with five-star crash rating and plentiful safety equipment. Some cost cutting shows in the standard features list and a spacesaver spare doesn’t win praise either.

But the 77 kW 1.2-litre engine is excellent, delivering plenty of torque from low revs.

The optional seven-speed DSG gearbox ($2500) is slick underway but fails the engine at times, feeling jerky at parking speeds, and making for either a hesitant standing start getaway or tyre chirping.

The steering, handling, brakes and solid build quality are among the Golf’s endearing qualities.
Volkswagen Golf 77TSi Hatch 2011


Driveability, safety


Gearbox operation, spacesaver spare

Key features

Airconditioning, pollen filter, MP3 compatible CD with auxiliary input, electronic diff lock, cloth trim, 15” steel wheels, split fold rear seat, power windows with remote operation


Seven airbags including curtains and driver’s knee, ABS, EBD, BA, TCS, ESC, front seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters

Car Details

Vehicle make Volkswagen
Vehicle model Golf 77TSi Hatch
Vehicle type Small Under $35,000
Year 2011
Price when new $24,490 (with DSG) MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 1.2-litre, turbo, direct injection petrol 4-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.