VW GOLF VI
PRICE 90TSI $25,990, 118TSI $30,490, 103TDI $33,190 (add $2500 for DSG) ON SALE Now ENGINES 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo, 1.4-litre fourcylinder twin-charger, 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel POWER 90kW (1.4 turbo), 118kW (1.4 twin), 103kW (turbodiesel) TORQUE 200Nm (1.4 turbo), 240Nm (1.4 twin), 320Nm (turbodiesel) TRANSMISSION six-speed manual, seven-speed DSG, six-speed DSG (turbodiesel) ECONOMY 6.2 litres/100km (1.4 turbo), 6.5 litres/ 100km (1.4 twin), 5.6 litres/100km (turbodiesel)— all claimed, combined wonderfully realistic compromise between urban toddler and open-road attack weapon.
If you didn’t feel the need to spend the optional $1500 on the adaptive damping you really wouldn’t be missing much.
Across the range the standard suspension is better than average, the general disposition of the cars balanced and composed.
Steering is typical of VW’s front-drive cars. There’s a comfortable degree of feedback, little tendency to be unsettled and consistent linear feel.
Interior styling is also readily recognisable as Golf, though the quality of some of the touch surfaces — particularly the new steering wheel — and the inclusion of comfort items such as climatecontrol airconditioning from the new Passat CC, lift the game.
Across the range seven airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and traction control are standard. The cars have a five-star crash rating in European and Australian testing.
The new-generation GTI, which has been a mainstay of Golf sales in Australia, is expected to arrive near the end of the year. In the interim the current GTI will still be available.