New Golf still setting the gold standard . . .
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But be warned, it may soon be out of date as an unveil for the Mk8 has been earmarked for the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019.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!
More info at volkswagen.co.uk