Seventh-Generation Volkswagen Golf
(Wednesday 5 September 2012)
The seventh new Volkswagen Golf in 36 years has just made its world debut in Berlin, and will start to appear on UK roads in January next year.
Looking very much like the sixth Golf, and rather like the fifth, and a bit like the fourth, and so on, this Golf is in fact both lighter and structurally stiffer than its immediate predecessor - one of many benefits arising from the fact that it's based on the VW Group's MQB platform which will be the basis of a great many Group products in the coming years.
The new version is also larger, with more room for occupants and an additional 30 litres of luggage volume. Safety features include adaptive cruise control, the Driver Alert system already used in the larger Passat, Pre-Crash preparation, Lane Assist, Dynamic Light Assist and automatic application of the brakes after an initial collision to reduce the effects of any impact which may immediately follow it.
Also available is a five-mode profile selection system, which lets the driver choose from Eco, Sport, Normal, Individual and (in the case of models fitted with DSG semi-automatic transmission rather than the standard manual gearbox) Comfort.
From launch, the engines on offer will be 104bhp 1.6 and 148bhp 2.0 TDI turbo diesels, an 84bhp 1.2 TSI petrol and the technically fascinating (yes, really!) 138bhp 1.4 TSI which shuts down two of its four cylinders when they're not needed. This helps to save fuel, but the most economical Golf will nevertheless still be the 1.6 TDI, which has official combined fuel economy of 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km.
More details will be revealed at the Paris Show, and UK dealers will be able to take orders from next month.