Volkswagen’s new Golf range is being expanded. The versions with 4MOTION all-wheel will follow after the 2012 launch of the front-wheel drive models. This means that the automaker is carrying on with the tradition of four-wheel drive Golf models. It was in 1986 that the first Golf with four driven wheels had its debut.
The permanent four-wheel drive system of the new Golf is one of the most advanced and efficient of its type in the world. The latest version of the Golf 4MOTION Volkswagen uses a four-wheel drive system with an improved, fifth-generation Haldex coupling.
The intelligently controlled 4MOTION drive is lighter than the previous system by 1.4 kilograms. It doesn’t need a pressure accumulator and it responds very quickly to every any influence on it. As a result, it offers greater active safety and better handling.
The new Golf 4MOTION in Europe is available with three specification levels (Trendline, Comfortline, Highline). It also comes with two turbo diesel engines that offer both high torque and high fuel efficiency.
The common rail four-cylinder engines have outputs of 77 kW / 105 PS and 110 kW / 150 PS and for every 100 kms, they consume only 4.5 / 4.7 litres of fuel respectively. According to a fuel consumption comparison between the 103 kW / 140 PS version of the old Golf 4MOTION and the new 150 PS model, it was determined that even with the 10 PS offering more power, the 2013 Golf 4MOTION uses up less diesel at 0.8 litres (or 15% lower).
Similar to the front-wheel drive versions, the new 4MOTION models are offered as standard with a Stop/Start system and battery regeneration. The following features are standard on all the versions (starting with the Trendline base version): the four-wheel EDS (electronic differential locks on both axles), the XDS front and rear axle transverse lock, the electronic stabilisation programme, an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, seven airbags, daytime running lights, air conditioning, electric windows front and back, a multi-function display (on-board computer) and a TFT display with touchscreen operation. The permanent four-wheel drive system on the Golf 4MOTION (sold as a four-door unit) costs €1,800 in Germany.
The new Volkswagen Golf was unveiled in Berlin, almost four decades after the original model successfully reconceived the small family car. Now on its seventh generation, the Golf builds on its predecessors’ success, with over 29 million units sold over the years. The new Golf brings new levels of practicality, efficiency, safety, and comfort to the class.
Aside from having more space for passengers as well as more advanced technological features, the new VW Golf also boasts new production techniques that contribute to the VW Golf Mk VII being 100 kg lighter compared to its previous model, helping it become up to 23% more efficient. On top of all these, the new car is also a lot safer than before, thanks to its stronger body structure and its standard and optional active and passive safety systems.
Moreover, the new Golf is also built on the Modularer Querbaukasten or Modular Transverse Matrix platform, which standardizes many component parameters for vehicles, across brands and across vehicle classes. The MQB platform also allows access to new technologies and powertrains, including innovations in safety and infotainment, which have always been reserved for higher-segment vehicles.
The new VW Golf is 4,255-mm long and 1,799-mm wide, making it 56 mm longer and 13 mm wider compared to its predecessor. It also has a 2,637-mm wheelbase, which is 59 mm longer than the earlier model, and a height of 1,452 mm, which makes it 28mm lower. Meanwhile, its front wheels are farther forward by 43 mm, helping it generate more space inside. All of these dimensions and measurements help contribute to a 10% better drag co-efficient, which is 0.27 Cd.