What lies beneath
Don’t be fooled by the new Golf’s barely changed look
models fromVWGroup, including Audis and Skodas.
Having teased details on Golf VII for months, VW revealed the full package early to avoid the log-jam of newmodel previews at the Paris motor show later this month.
Ford did the same on Thursday in Amsterdam with its new Mondeo.
There are yawns aplenty over the Golf’s bodywork but, with 29 million sales in 38 years, radical changes aren’t called for.
‘‘ Although the new Golf is safer, more comfortable and spacious than the previous model, it is up to 100kilograms lighter and— in the case of the new (103kW) petrol engine that features cylinder deactivation and a combined fuel consumption of just 4.8L/100 km— it is up to 23percent more fuel efficient,’’ saysVWchairman Martin Winterkorn.
It is built onVW’s Modular Transverse Matrix, a tricky name for a straightforward chassis and suspension package. In essence, it means the car is completely new in the powertrain and cabin, as well as picking up new entertainment and safety systems.
Every engine in the VII— including two all-new types— comes with a stop-start system and battery regeneration for a mild hybrid effect and improved economy. The headline act is a BlueMotion package with economy of 3.2L/100km.
Unlike the distinctive new Toyota Corolla, the Golf is merely a slightly wedgier development of the current car. There are a new triangular window on the front doors, sharper headlights, a driveroriented centre console and improved ergonomics and cabin space.
Length has been increased by 50mm, with 28mm greater width. Though the roofline drops, there’s extra leg and shoulder room and a 30-litre boost to the boot.
Perfect hatch: The Golf Mark VII
styling may be familiar but there are big changes to the
cabin and powertrain