Those interested can now order the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf, with a starting price of £16,285 (RRP OTR). Prices could go as high as £24,880. VW boasts of the latest Golf as lighter, safer and more advanced, as well as more spacious, more efficient and better equipped than its previous generations.
The Golf could be availed in the United Kingdom in three trim levels: S, SE and GT. Buyers could expect two more trim levels in 2013 -- GTI and BlueMotion models. The latest Golf, either in three- or five-door form, could be powered by any of the available engines -- four petrol and two diesels. The petrol engine range starts with a four-cylinder 1.2-litre TSI unit producing 85 PS, followed by a 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS and a 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS motor.
Also available is the 1.4-litre TSI engine with 140 PS of output, and is endowed Active Cylinder Technology, allowing to return 60.1 mpg (combined cycle) and 110 g/km (with DSG gearbox). The Active Cylinder Technology gives the Golf the ability to deactivate two cylinders under light loads. The diesel engines range consists of the 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS and a new 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS unit.
Both engines boast of the latest common rail diesel technology for maximum efficiency. All new Golf models, both diesel and petrol, are fitted with the Stop/Start system as standard, along with battery regeneration.
Transmission options include five- and six-speed manuals, and six- and seven-speed DSG units, depending on the engines’ power and torque outputs. All Golf models feature seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, five three-point seatbelts, ABS with ESP, XDS electronic differential lock as well as Isofix preparation for two rear child seats.
The base Golf features an entry-level Composition Media system includes a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen, DAB digital radio, a CD player, MDI interface (for connecting iPod or MP3 player), Bluetooth telephone preparation and audio streaming and eight speakers. Also coming as standard is ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning.
Volkswagen Golf, like most timeless car models, have persistently been improved, polished and tweaked over the decades. Volkswagen’s design team continues to give a new edge for Golf’s features such as the classic C-pillars, elongated roofline as well as the highlights in its front and back sections. These features help make the latest version of Golf more extraordinary, precious and robust compared to other compact cars.
The design team is led by the brand’s head designer Klaus Bischoff and the group’s head designer Walter de Silva. They based their work on a huge pact of creativity with no boundaries which enabled them to apply various methods for a whole new design and at the same time keep up with the characters of Volkswagen’s design DNA. This DNA holds the key for the latest Golf design.
Over the years, Volkswagen’s historic DNA is where the design team crystallized their choice of core features. All of the brand’s current designs embody this DNA with cars that express a modern and progressive impression with a familiar feel. This design DNA includes features such as Golf’s first roofline, original side windows, crossbeam radiator grille in its lowest form and Golf Mk4’s classic wheel arches as C-pillars.
This design DNA provides a one of a kind and unmistakable design language which leaves a familiar feel on one hand and a modern progression on the other hand.
These features include visual characteristics like toughness, reliability, efficiency as well as honesty which are bred by a form developed over years. This classic product design of Volkswagen enjoys a global sensation.