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The multi-award-winning Volkswagen Golf is Australia’s most affordable small car to according to a comprehensive vehicle cost survey conducted by the Royal Automobile Association of WA (RAC).

The RAC’s 2011 Vehicle Operating Costs  survey of 95 popular models found that owning a Volkswagen Golf 77TSI is not only good to drive but affordable to own.

Ownership costs were calculated on a new vehicle over five years driven 15,000km each year.

The survey’s main criteria included depreciations, fuel consumption and loan interest charges. Tyres, registration, servicing were also factored into the calculations.

The Golf 77TSI came out in front of some small car rivals such as the Hyundai i30, Holden Cruze and Toyota Corolla.

As the 2009 World Car of the Year and Australia’s Best Cars winner, the Golf has developed an enviable reputation for delivering outstanding technology, safety and driving enjoyment.

Volkswagen Group Australia’s managing director, Anke Koeckler, was pleased to hear the results of the survey.

“The Golf 77TSI has made entry into the Golf range not only more affordable but very cost effective over the life of the car. We are pleased to see that our products efficiency and affordability is being recognized.

“We know that our customers will like their cars but we want to make sure they continue to appreciate them and benefit from their outstanding efficiency through lower cost of ownership, said Ms Koeckler.