Volkswagen Golf UK Pricing

(Wednesday 3 October 2012)

Volkswagen Golf.

Volkswagen dealers will be able to take orders for the seventh-generation Golf on October 18, with first customer deliveres due to take place in January. The new car is priced from £16,330, fractionally less than the £16,425 of the current model.

As is usually the way of these things, not all versions will be available right from the start - the GTI and low-CO2 BlueMotion models won't be around until later in 2013. From launch, there will be two body styles (three- and five-door), three trim levels (S, SE and GT), four petrol engines (84bhp 1.2 TSI, 104bhp 1.2 TSI, 120bhp 1.4 TSI and 138bhp 1.4 TSI with deactivation of two cylinders to save fuel under light load), two diesels (104bhp 1.6 TDI and 148bhp 2.0 TDI) and four transmissions (five- or six-speed manual, six- or seven-speed twin-clutch DSG semi-automatic, depending on model).

S models are fitted as standard with seven airbags, Volkswagen's XDS electronic equivalent of a limited slip differential, semi-automatic air-conditioning, a 5.8" colour touchscreen, DAB digital radio, eight speakers and Bluetooth phone preparation.

For an extra £825, SE versions get automatic headlights and wipers, an auto-dimming interior mirror, 16" alloy wheels, upgraded interior trim, Automatic Distance Control, City Emergency Braking (capable of braking the car to a standstill without driver intervention, if necessary), Driver Alert and PreCrash occupant preventative protection.

The GT costs a further £1250, and for that you get satellite navigation with full European mapping and three years' free upgrades, a traffic sign display, 17" alloy wheels, heat-insulating rear glass, ambient interior lighting, front and rear parking sensors, cloth/alcantara sports seats and further alterations to the interior trim.

Optional extras include High Beam Assist, Lane Assist, Park Assist, adaptive chassis control, a rear-view camera, 18" wheels, bi-xenon headlights, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, 12-way adjustable front seats, a panoramic sunroof and much else.

The lowest CO2 figure in the range is the 99g/km achieved by the 1.6 TDI, though that figure will be handsomely beaten by the forthcoming BlueMotion model. Despite having the most power, the 138bhp 1.4 TSI with cylinder deactivation has the best CO2 rating among the petrol engines, though it's also quite expensive. One version is, at £24,120, one of the costliest cars in the range, not far short of the range-topping £24,625 2.0 TDI GT with six-speed DSG.

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Automatic headlights, Automatic Distance Control, City Emergency Braking, Driver Alert, High Beam Assist, Lane Assist, Park Assist...

Am I out of order in thinking that if anyone needs these on a vehicle then they probably aren't devoting sufficient attention to their driving?

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