What lies be­neath

Don’t be fooled by the new Golf’s barely changed look

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News -

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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

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