The seventh generation Volkswagen Golf made its official debut last evening at a press conference in Berlin, Germany. If you were looking for a daring design, you should check somewhere else as the 2013 Vw Golf 7 was updated but features the same design language seen on the other models. As expected, the new Golf uses the MQB platform and as a result it is with up to 220 pounds lighter than the outgoing car.
Volkswagen focused on weight savings in all aspects of the car's construction and it used a lighter air conditioning unit, lighter seats and ultra-high strength steels. Under the hood we will find the well-known Volkswagen engines, such as a turbocharged 1.4-liter TSI delivering 140 hp and fitted with cylinder de-activation, capable to achieve a fuel consumption figure of 49 mpg (European Cycle combined).
Moreover, we find a TDI Clean diesel engine delivering 105 hp and capable to offer a fuel consumption of 62 mpg on the EC combined cycle. The new Golf 7 is also longer, lower and wider than the outgoing model. According to the press release it is with 2.2 inches longer than the old car, with an overall length of 167.5 inches, while the wheelbase has grown by 2.3 inches to 103.8 inches.
The front wheels are now located 1.7 inches further forward. The new car is 0.8 inches lower and 0.5 inches wider than the old car. The interior space was also increased as we find a passenger compartment that is 0.6 inches longer than before, giving 0.6 inches more rear kneeroom. Shoulder room is improved by 1.2 inches in both the back and front of the car.
According to the official press release, the new infotainment system, which incorporates a five-inch touchscreen, is a key feature of the interior. What’s more interesting is that this system will be found even on entry-level European models. At the top end, the Golf features a navigation system, which has a large, eight-inch touchscreen.