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Volkswagen Golf Mk VII 2013: Review

Olbia, Italy

we liked:

Smoother, quieter engine

Spacious interior and area

Ride/handling compromise of 1.4 TSI

Not so

Large diameter steering

Tyre noise on coarse surfaces

2.0 TDI somewhat harsh in ECO

OVERVIEW

Edgy new take on a favourite

Nearly four seven generations and nearly 30 units on, the edgy new Golf bigger, lighter and safer ever before.

Passenger is increased, as are the Golf’s external And for the first time Golf is on what its maker’s call an or Modularer Querbaukasten platform in English, a modular traverse The body shell is 23kg than the Golf VI, with elsewhere reducing the new Golf’s on certain grades by as much as

The results are a stronger monocoque standardizes many of the Golf’s with other cars in the VW This allows not only production for the manufacturer but greater to new powertrains and technologies as they available — including and electrified units.

In Europe, an engine line-up sees petrol units offering an range from 63-103kW, all-new four-pot turbodiesel deliver from 77kW-110kW.

The Golf GTI will be released with an output of 165kW. A of the new GTI was displayed at Paris Motor

Equipment and technology, much of it from models higher up the foodchain, is also largely with standard kit bolstered the Golf model range.

in Australia by mid-2013. the new Volkswagen Mark VII will likely with a range of powertrains, and equipment grades already to us. The good news, say the manufacturer’s representatives, is it will land a marked difference price.

AND EQUIPMENT

Variety aplenty, but not for Oz

for the local market is still far being locked in. But in Europe, the line-up from launch a trio of models offered as

Trendline: the entry level In addition to the standard safety listed below (see Trendline is fitted with wheels, a 5.0-inch TFT touchscreen, a designed fuel filler to prevent misfueling and a stowable cover which fits the cargo compartment’s variable when not in use. Equipment trip computer, daytime lamps, air conditioning, electric and windows, outside temperature rear wiper, tilt/reach column adjustment, height seat, pollen filter, central locking and heat-insulating

Comfortline: mid-spec mass Comfortline adds 16-inch wheels, front and rear sensors, a higher grade cluster, drawers under the seats for additional storage and an Composition Touch audio with twin SD card in the glovebox. Features also fatigue detection monitor, support (front seats), seat armrest, chrome highlights, storage pockets on the backs, 12V outlet in the cargo illuminated vanity mirror, mats and a leather bound knob and steering wheel.

Highline: the range-topper… Highline to those features listed for with 17-inch alloy an LED ambient lighting package, rimmed VW badge on the grille and seats finished in Alcantara fabric bolsters all standard. upgrades include chrome accents, LED reading lamps and rear, dual-zone climate multi-function steering wheel, windscreen washer jets, front seats, xenon with washers, darkened lamps, and front cornering

The various Golf model are also available with a of extras that include alloy wheels, an electric sunroof, premium audio rear side airbags, lighting, dynamic chassis (adjustable damping), lowered (-15mm), keyless engine leather upholstery and metallic (a total of 12 colours are offered).

Australia told motoring.com.au not all of the options offered on European will be offered in Australia. that it is likely model will be offered with packages aimed at reducing complexity and customer waiting

More information will be available closer to the model’s here in Q2 next year.


Every engine enhanced

The new on the German bloc has rocked the of its competitors with a 85g/km CO2 and average consumption tally of – but note this is for the range’s Golf BlueMotion. Powered by a direct-injected and turbocharged four-cylinder turbodiesel, the model was not available at but will be released separately in the new year”.

Also arriving in is the Golf’s performance spearhead Its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder now 165kW/350Nm, promising a 0-100km/h of 6.6sec.

For the regular model lines Comfortline, Highline) the entry is a low output 77kW/250Nm which the same cubic displacement as the headline act. It returns a consumption figure of 3.8L/100km and 99g/km of CO2.

The up-spec diesel which will in Australia-spec Golfs from outputs 110kW/320Nm. It returns a cycle fuel consumption of 4.1L/100km and emits 106g/km of

For petrol models, a 1.2-litre again featuring direct-injection and is the base offering. The petrol outputs 63kW/160Nm and sips while emitting 113g/km of

It is presently topped by a high-grade — also on the cards for the Golf launch — displaces 1.4 litres and delivers It consumes 4.7L/100km of 95 RON PULP on the cycle and emits 109g/km of

These improved figures are primarily from the implementation of new cylinder deactivation technology ‘Active Cylinder Management.’ when the criteria are met, the shuts down the inboard (two and three), firing the outboard pair (one and To achieve this, conditions demand less than with an engine speed 1400-4000rpm — essentially road cruising.

Both and petrol mills are equipped as with an idle stop-start

Transmissions include five and manual and six and seven-speed dual-clutch depending on engine choice and level.

All models are suspended by a strut front suspension though the rear is a mix of multi-link (on above 90kW output) and beam set-ups (on models 90kW output). All models are by four-wheel disc brakes.

steering is standard across the which depending on variant, can be to individual preferences. The XDS electronic previously offered on Golf GTI and GTI is also now offered as standard the range.

Four wheel and six alloy wheel styles are and vary with model and market.

PACKAGING

Longer, and more slippery

The five-door VII has grown considerably from the it replaces.

At 4255mm long, the new hatch is 56mm longer bumper to bumper. The front are pushed forward by 43mm, the distance between the axles a of 59mm to arrive at a wheelbase of Front and rear track 8mm and 6mm apiece. Golf grows by to 1799mm in width but hunkers by 28mm for a roof top that’s now from the road.

The good news for occupants is all the pushing and pulling of the body result in less push and inside. Rear legroom 15mm, even with the seats repositioned further aft by a of 20mm (benefitting taller Shoulder room grows in the front and 30mm in the rear. space also grows by and 20mm front and rear,

Up back, cargo space 30 litres to a total of 380 litres the parcel shelf and rear in place. A split-fold rear is standard and on some models, the floor height can also be

The hatch sill height is now at a low 685mm (-17mm) and the aperture is While the front passenger now folds flat (forward) to through-loading of items up to 2412mm in

Aerodynamic improvements see the angular VII Golf improve on the predecessor’s of drag by 10 per cent to arrive at new figure of 0.27Cd. This combined with a significant program, sees the new Golf a fuel economy improvement of the manufacturer claims are as much as 23 per with an average reduction of per cent across the range.

The savings are achieved across the with the electrical system (up to engines (up to -40.0kg), driveline (up to bodyshell (up to -23.0kg), dashboard and frame (up to -1.8kg), HVAC (up to -2.7kg), seating (up to -7.0kg) and components (up to -2.5kg) all facing the blade. In total, VW has stripped 100kg from the car’s mass.

SAFETY

Five no sweat

Driver assistance new to the Golf range, along a few old favourites (stability control, and seven airbags (rear airbags are optional on European-spec see the Mark VII hatch achieve a possible EuroNCAP rating of

Among those systems new to the we find camera-based lane technology, radar-based adaptive control with stop and go fatigue monitoring system, emergency braking function, sign detection (EU only), assist steering assistant and an park brake with and auto stop functionality.

Golf also features a braking system which the brakes after a collision to the car rolling into further The driver can override the system by the throttle.

Antilock brakes, control, brake-force distribution, assist, three-point seatbelts front seat pretensioners and head restraints in all five positions are standard. Top-tether and child seat preparation is offered across the range.

As earlier (see PRICE AND some of the safety technology above is model-dependent or even and still a wait-and-see proposition for the market.

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COMPETITORS

Survival of the

With the number of new arrivals in category swelling in recent Volkswagen has done well timing the delivery of this upgrade. A new Toyota Corolla is in the wings, and Nissan’s Tiida-replacing too, is just around the Hyundai has also just its same-sized i30.

Sure, we see Golf is Aussie showrooms mid 2013, but the model’s imminent is sure to shake up the segment, and pricing keen.

Add to this ‘3’ juggernaut — Australia’s selling small car — deals on Japanese and South models and a handful of refreshed offerings the segment is as busy as a Boxer — which me, the new Impreza and Impreza-based XV are also well.

And let’s not forget the Holden Cruze hatch and and Ford’s quiet achiever, (just attractively repriced as is written).

With choice and this competitive Volkswagen need to price Golf to compete. A decision we expect to more about towards the end of Q1 year.

ON THE ROAD

Bullseye

the two models Volkswagen Australia indicated are earmarked for Oz, we find the 1.4 TSI and (110kW) 2.0 TDI variants both improved over the current-generation With DSG-equipped models the lion’s share of sales Under, it is these variants we the most time in during our Sardinian launch program.

to dominate sales locally, the TSI variant immediately presented as refined. Its engine character is more linear and enthusiastic previous generations of the same

Quieter and more lively in its reaches, the 1.4 TSI presented a clearly persona depending on the transmission in which it was placed. In Drive, the required significantly more to achieve the same activity. The and gearbox reacts with far input, and more result, flicked to Sport mode or, over-ridden manually via the steering paddles.

Acceleration is adequate, and suit most buyers. not as urgent as Twincharged models under the GT moniker, but manages to along with enough to keep most drivers

Backing off the pace, 1.4 TSI-powered slip unnoticed into mode — a small on the MFD read-out was the only indication the was operable. Some acceleration, modest, is available before the slips back to four-cylinder but this change again to detect — by both or feel.

In Sport mode, the still activates when the (listed earlier, see MECHANICAL) are though here we notice a but hushed gargle from within the engine.

The petrol felt nimble on Sardinia’s twisty roads, remaining over surface irregularities and a ride/handling compromise far more than the Golf’s size have you believe. Bumps are smoothly and do little to shake the car its intended line.

Steering is but direct, even if the diameter of the itself is a little large.

The car tenaciously through corners, the howling in protest long there’s any sign of understeer. on how good the stock model is, we wait to sample the GTI.

with a seven-speed DSG (dual-clutch) the 1.4 TSI model sampled felt smooth. The transmission is a marked over the previous model. are lightning quick and imperceptibly

If we did have one minor gripe of the and I’m nit-picking here, it’s there’s a significant increase in the of buttons on the steering wheel and within both the MFD and “smartphone proximity/touch centre-stack display. it’s easier to navigate many out there, but it is still a that takes some used to — and some to ignore.

Moving to the 2.0 TDI (turbodiesel) it’s immediately evident how much more torque is at The car climbs effortlessly up hills and is ‘busy’ in its use of the DSG transmission (which on model offers six ratios of seven).

The transmission itself is generally as as that of the petrol, though we did a slight ‘clunk’ as the car set off from and light re-application of throttle ECO mode was selected.

Switching the selectable drive modes on (Normal, Comfort, Sport, Individual) we find the only difference on our short circuit from Sport, Normal and

In Sport mode, the response of the steering weight and transmission is sharper, and in ECO, vice-versa. ECO also offers a Coasting which sees the car cruise as if in when off-throttle.

The diesel-powered like many around, did to run out of puff when overtaking, its reliant on timely changes in of revs. It also felt in the nose and more stiffly that its petrol counterpart seemed to contribute to additional from the front tyres coarse chip surfaces.

both models around an 45km course we returned for the TSI and 6.6L/100km for the TDI. It’s a increase on the combined cycle listed (4.7L/100km and 4.1L/100km, though with much to in a short space of time, we admit to not sparing the horses.

New is a quiet, composed and confident that presents itself as a and premium offering in a cluttered

Assuming Volkswagen Australia can the model’s packaging and price to its market, there’s no reason “most important” model be every bit as popular as the six generations have gone before it.

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Published. Tuesday, 2 2012

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