New Golf still set­ting the gold stan­dard . . .

Rochdale Observer - - TIME-TRIP FAITH NEWS -

pro­tec­tion, four driv­ing modes (eco, nor­mal, sport and in­di­vid­ual) air con, DAB ra­dio, pud­dle lights, auto lights and wipers, an 8-inch Sat nav­in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with ‘swipe’ con­trol and smart 16-inch al­loy wheels.

Sur­pris­ingly it only has a five speed man­ual box and there is no key­less en­try/go… and that new Turmeric Yel­low metal­lic colour is a £570 op­tion which, per­son­ally, I would pass on.

The MK 7 golf has been with us since 2012 but VW have given it a re­fresh for 2017.

The up­dated range be­gins with the well-equipped S and con­tin­ues with the SE and SE Nav­i­ga­tion mod­els. The GT adds tech­nol­ogy and the R-Line brings sporty styling. The Per­for­mance Golfs in­clude the GTE, GTD, new GTD BlueLine, GTI, GTI Per­for­mance and the four-wheel drive 4MOTION Golf R.

All in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems fea­ture larger screens with the min­i­mum size now 6.5 inches. The range-top­ping Dis­cover Pro has a 9.2-inch touch­screen and Ac­tive Info Dis­play plus an in­stru­ment bin­na­cle-lo­cated TFT screen.

Style-wise the range has new front and rear bumpers and new halo­gen head­lights plus LED rear lights (both avail­able with day­time run­ning fea­tures) but its ap­pear­ance is largely un­changed from the 2012 model.

The tech up­grades have been more sub­stan­tial and, de­spite the in­te­rior fea­tur­ing lots of black plas­tic, the Golf still man­ages to feel quite up­mar­ket in­side. Few cars in any class han­dle as se­curely and pre­dictably as the Golf and there’s loads of grip. It re­mains a great all-rounder, of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing most fam­i­lies will ever need.

Strong re­sale val­ues and a range of fuel-ef­fi­cient tur­bocharged en­gines mean it should cost you sur­pris­ingly lit­tle to own too. MPG fig­ures on our 1.6 diesel are up to 74 on a long run yet it can still hit 62mph in a shade over 10 sec­onds in sport mode, going on to a top speed of 123.

So to sum up the Golf re­mains the fam­ily hatch­back sec­tor’s bench­mark thanks to VW’s com­pre­hen­sive re­fresh of the MK 7.

But be warned, it may soon be out of date as an un­veil for the Mk8 has been ear­marked for the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show in 2019. Ru­mour has it that this time VW will roll out hy­brid tech­nol­ogy, slim down the model line up and com­pletely re­vamp the in­te­rior - and there will be an all new elec­tric ver­sion.

Now that could just mean there may be some good deals in the pipe­line for the cur­rent model if you time it right!

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