The iconic VW Golf had a successful 2016, finishing ahead of the Ford Focus as the most popular mid-sized hatchback in the UK. The VW Golf has had more than two million sales in the UK to date and the updated version of the seventh generation VW Golf brings ‘big car’ technology to the compact family car class.
The range includes S, SE, SE Nav, GT, R-Line, GTE, GTE Advance, e-Golf, GTD, GTD BlueLine, GTI, GTI Performance and R hatchbacks.
There’s also a wide choice of estate models: S, SE, SE Nav, GT, GTD, GTD BlueLine and R plus the Alltrack.
As well as the impressive new wheel designs and body colours, on the front of the Volkswagen Golf you’ll notice a more masculine bumper and grille, LED day-time running lights and optional full LED headlights. The lower grille has cleaner lines – the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) sensor is now behind the Volkswagen roundel (except on the GTE and e-Golf where the front roundel holds the vehicle’s charge point).
The rear has premium styling with new LED taillights, a new rear bumper and an enhanced rear diffuser as standard across all trims. The LED taillights have running indicators on performance trims (GTD, GTI, GTI Performance and R), and stronger chrome trims on the R-Line.
You’ll see a real difference in the new VW Golf’s impressive interior cabin. The next generation MIB infotainment systems are included in all trims. We’ve increased the size of Composition Media and Discover Navigation from 6.5-inch to 8-inch. Customers can still choose Discover Navigation Pro, which has a 9.2-inch screen and new Gesture Control technology. The user simply needs to swipe their hand in front of the Discover Navigation Pro unit to change audio settings and menu items.
Active Info Display is standard on the performance VW Golf trims, adding significant additional value and impact.
Enhanced optional safety features include:
- Traffic Jam Assist
- Trailer Assist
- Emergency Assist
Enhanced Park Assist 3.0 (provides next generation semi-autonomous parking)
To meet CO2 thresholds, we’ve introduced the GTD BlueLine Hatch and Estate models. We expect the GTD BlueLine trim to appeal to the 25 per cent of corporate fleet companies that have a 120g/km CO2 policy. In BlueLine models, an adjustment is made to standardised specification to target a specific CO2 threshold. For example, the facelifted Golf Hatch GTD trim (with an 18-inch alloy as standard) has a CO2 value of 122g/km, while the Golf Hatch GTD BlueLine trim (with a 17-inch alloy as standard) delivers a CO2 value of 116g/km and improved fuel efficiency.
The new Volkswagen Golf engines are highly efficient. Even the new base petrol engine – the turbocharged direct-injection 1.0 TSI with 85PS – has 58.9 mpg* (combined) fuel consumption. This engine opens for order in wave two (see launch waves below).
We’re also introducing the turbocharged petrol 1.5 TSI Evo engine – a new four-cylinder unit that generates 150PS and features Active Cylinder Management (ACT). There is also a BlueMotion version producing 130PS which features a complete engine shut-down function (as in the hybrid Golf GTE). Meanwhile, the iconic Golf GTI generates 230PS or 245PS in GTI Performance guise.
The range-topping VW Golf R gets more power than ever before too, with a peak output of 310PS. That’s enough to carry it from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds.
The new 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) also helps to deliver CO2 figures that have in some cases been improved by up to 10 g/km. All Golfs also feature BlueMotion Technologies such as a stop-start system and a mode for storing braking energy (regenerative braking).