IM­PROV­ING THE GOLF GAME

Style Magazine - - Motoring - BY IAIN CURRY

THE Volk­swa­gen Golf has been a phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess story in the over-40 years it has graced the show­rooms.

We’re cur­rently on the 7th gen­er­a­tion of VW Golf, but the brand al­ways strives to im­prove the model.

This month an up­date called the Golf 7.5 will ar­rive in Aus­tralia, and by next Jan­uary, when the line-up is com­plete, there’ll be no less than 22 vari­ants to choose from.

The Golf 7.5 range starts with the 110TSI hatch­back with manual gear­box, yours for a very rea­son­able $23,990 be­fore on-road costs.

For the money you get 16-inch al­loy wheels, re­vers­ing cam­era, an 8-inch au­dio screen, de­sir­able Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto smart­phone con­nec­tiv­ity, cruise con­trol and a city emer­gency brak­ing sys­tem to pre­vent low-speed ac­ci­dents.

It’s a gen­er­ous spec­i­fi­ca­tion list from en­try level, but your Golf can get far sex­ier.

At the op­po­site end of the spec­trum are the GTIS, kick­ing off from $41,490 for the con­ven­tional hatch with six-speed manual.

The truly sport­ing Golf buyer can splash out $52,990 for an all-wheel-drive Golf R com­plete with a 213kw 2.0-litre turbo en­gine.

The Golf R Wagon is mak­ing a re­turn too, as are spe­cial edi­tion Wolfs­burg edi­tions of both the Golf R hatch and Golf R Wagon.

The lat­ter is the prici­est Golf you can buy at $59,990 be­fore costs, but such is its in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance and gen­er­ous in­clu­sions it is still some­thing of a bar­gain.

Per­for­mance lovers with a thing for nos­tal­gia will also ap­pre­ci­ate VW once again of­fer­ing a three-door ver­sion of the Golf GTI to Aus­tralia.

Called the Per­for­mance Edi­tion 1, we’ll re­ceive a lim­ited run of 150 of these hot hatches, each cost­ing $47,990.

For the less per­for­mance ori­en­tated buyer, there are the usual dif­fer­ent grades of hatch­back and wagon, plus the all-wheel-drive All­track Golfs. Spoilt for choice? It’s the only way to truly be the car of the people.

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