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Car and Driving Independent New Review of the Volkswagen Range .

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s Golf is the family hatchback which all others are judged and never more so than in lighter, larger, quieter and efficient seventh generation where it s cleverer and more than ever before. If you re in this segment, you might be yourself why you should buy one. But the more pertinent question is there s really any reason why you t.


Volkswagen s modern era Car , the Golf family hatchback, has bought by an awful lot of people. back in 1974 to replace the Beetle, it was the car that saved the through 29 million sales and six that have brought us to MK7 model.

In reality, this is the truly new Golf we ve seen just after the turn of the the previous sixth generation having been merely a re-skin of the old MK5 model. And it arrives at a when the marque needs to up its game. Volkswagen s in-house and SEAT brands can offer technology for less, the South competition is improving and more mainstream family hatch are adding premium quality and that, in the words of their makes them more .

But, as Volkswagen argues, s no substitute for the definitive article and this, we re told, is exactly it. plusher, safer, smarter, efficient and higher-tech, its goals lie far simply being better a Focus or an Astra. The MK7 Golf to move above that, to appeal to buyers who might be premium-badged compact hatches brands like BMW, or Mercedes.

Which gives you an of just how good Wolfsburg this car is. Are they right? Let s out.

Driving Experience

rapid. That s how I d sum up this to drive. The entry-level 1.2 TSI (85 and 105PS) and 1.4 TSI petrol models, plus the 1.6-litre TDI diesel all represent the affordable segment of a Golf line-up that has effectively split into two halves by the decision to adopt two quite rear suspension set-ups the range. MK5 and MK6 generation Golfs always distinguished by their multi-link rear suspension that provided such an ride and handling balance. this MK7 model, the Wolfsburg counters have decreed only variants with than 120PS can have it.

The in me is disappointed by this, but the pragmatist can their point of view: the largely undemanding drivers who lower-order Golfs really that their cars ride on unsophisticated torsion suspension? Almost certainly

At least compensation is provided for of lower-order models in the form of the fitment across the range of the XDS differential lock system was developed for the last generation GTI.

In truth, you ll need one of the pokier — and hence the inclusive capable multi-link rear set-up that goes them — to really be to enjoy all of this car s dynamic to the full. The majority of British will gravitate towards the 2.0 TDI diesel which also in 184PS guise in GTD form. a better bet is a Golf variant most customers probably won t consider — but surely to: the petrol-powered 1.4 TSI ACT, or Active Technology model which has the to run on only two of its four cylinders at low to throttle. If it s performance you want it s a Golf GTI you ll be drawn to.

This round, the 2.0 TSI engine manages — with a 10PS if you want it. Want to go further? you need the 300PS 4WD Golf R.

and Build

Though on this generation model, virtually has changed, in many ways, nothing is different. The same rear C-pillar and near tail. The same sharp line above the flanks.

The horizontally-barred grille. It s under the where the biggest changes taken place with the of all-new MQB (or Modular Transverse ) underpinnings that help 100kgs off the weight of this And make it possible for the longer that facilitates the larger that Volkswagen was determined 7th generation Golf should You notice it most here at the where rear legroom has by 15mm, despite the front being moved further to better suit taller Shoulder and elbow-room are both too and headroom s quite adequate despite the reduction in exterior height.

As usual in this class, adults would be a little here but a trio of kids be quite happy.

Out back, s more space for luggage the cargo bay 30-litres larger before at 380-litres — s 10% bigger than an Astra and 20% than a Focus. It s easier to use to, probably the lowest loading height in the class, a wider aperture and a wider base on the luggage floor. Fold the split rear seats and you get useful 1270 litres again one of the biggest spaces in the

And behind the thinner multi-function wheel? Well, nobody it better than this. It isn t it feels especially plush though the quality of materials is excellent — and far better, in this Wolfsburg-constructed Golf Volkswagen s similarly priced but compact Jetta saloon.

It s that everything is of just the quality and feels absolutely fit for

Market and Model

Most Golf models will be in the £17,000 to £25,000 bracket, the diesels that 85% of UK customers starting from around the price point. There s a premium to go from the three-door to the five-door bodyshape that 90% of buyers choose. We re talking of pricing and quality of product has subtly moved Volkswagen a slightly more up-market

So, it s fully credible a stepping from Focus family mundanity to full premium in this size of car. If sounds exactly what you re for, then you ll want to carefully between the wide of turbocharged engines on offer which really fall two distinct categories. First, are the models offering less 120PS featuring less torsion beam rear — the 85 and 105PS petrol 1.2 TSI the 122PS 1.4 TSI and this 105PS 1.6 TDI also offered in 110PS in the frugal BlueMotion model. there are the more sophisticatedly-sprung rear suspended variants up the range. These include the petrol variants, the 140PS 1.4 TSI ACT its clever cylinder de-activation and the 2.0 TSI unit available to Golf GTI hot buyers with either 220 or

Diesel drivers meanwhile, get an 2.0 TDI with 150PS, but if that still be insufficient, then you can to your dealer about the performance-orientated GTD version with

Cost of Ownership

You probably don t me to tell you that as well as bigger and better equipped, the has become lighter and more 23% more efficient if you want me to be thanks mainly to engine across the range.

The early petrol engine (carried over from the Golf line-up) are pretty — 85 and 105PS 1.2-litre TSI that return 57.6mpg on the cycle and around 113g/km of plus a 122PS 1.4 TSI petrol manages 53.3mpg and 123g/km of But things step up with the 1.6-litre TDI diesel. It returns a cycle reading of 74.3mpg and just 99g/km in the process, so if you re petrol station loyalty that toaster you re saving up for won t be until somewhere in the region of And you ll do even better if you specify 1.6-litre TDI engine in 110PS form, in which guise car is capable of returning 88.3mpg on the cycle and hybrid-like CO2 emissions of

Only the all-electric Golf model you can ask your dealer can better that.

If you d like a bit poke from your then the 150PS 2.0 TDI manages a acceptable 68.9mpg on the combined and 106g/km of CO2 but before automatically on the dotted line for one of these as many business buyers — I d point out that is a petrol alternative that s as good and runs on cheaper pump fuel — the 1.4 TSI ACT variant. ACT stands for Active Technology which essentially that this car will run on two of its four cylinders under throttle loads. As a result, it can 58.9mpg on the combined cycle and of CO2.


In the words of a previous Group Chairman, the only a Golf can really make is to being a Golf, a failing you never level at this generation model. All the reasons you want to buy one are satisfied here. It like a Golf and functions all the quality you d expect from the hemisphere s most recognised and desired family hatch.

is what happens when all the of Europe s leading auto are focused n creating the definitive of conventional family motoring.

it could be more exciting in its affordable forms and you certainly t call it inexpensive in comparison mainstream models in this But then, this isn t a mainstream any more, as good in every respect as the premium compact models from the fancy that are much pricier. It is, in a Golf made good.

if you re shopping in this sector, it very desirable indeed.


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