The prize was awarded at the New York International Auto Show.
The World Car of the Year title is a further milestone in the growing list of awards for the Golf.
Commenting on the award, Paul Burke, Operations Director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, said that it is a credit to the work that has gone into the new Mark 7 Golf.
"This new Golf is a really superb car that has received incredible praise from critics and customers alike and this second, major award for Golf is more than justified," Burke said.
"We have been taken aback with the demand for the car on what is a challenging year for our market, but it does show that many loyal customers see buying the Golf as a sound investment."
For over 30 years, the Golf has been an established feature of the motoring scene around the globe.
For the seventh-generation of the bestseller, the latest prize represented its 17th award since being launched in November 2012.
In giving its reasons for the award, the jury said: "The Golf is just the right size – it's spacious, practical and comfortable.
"It has got a fresh, progressive design, a new range of engines, plus an impressive list of equipment and safety systems. If there is a car for everyone, the Golf is it."
It was only a few weeks ago that the compact car from Wolfsburg was crowned European Car of the Year.
Further accolades from home and abroad, such as The Best Cars of 2013, Auto Trophy 2012 and the Top Gear – All the car you'll ever need award, round off the list of successes.
The Golf in Ireland costs from €19,995.