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VW reveals its seventh-generation Golf

Published: September 5, 2012 | 8:17 am
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Volkswagen has taken the covers of the all-new version of the Golf hatchback ahead of its Paris Motor Show public debut at the end of the month.

The seventh generation model line revealed in Berlin comes 36 years after the Mk1 and is expected to continue sales figures now past 29 million.

VW says the car is more roomy and with more advanced technology, yet up to 100kg lighter and as a result up to 23 per cent more efficient than the Mk6. The body shell is 23 per cent stiffer.

It will initially be launched with two petrol and two diesel engines. The 1.2-litre TSI 84bhp petrol unit offers around 57mpg and CO2 emissions of 113g/km, while its 1.4-litre 138bhp unit will offer Active Cylinder Technology, which can deactivate two of the cylinders, and as a result produce 59mpg and 112g/km.

The launch diesel engines will be a 105bhp 1.6-litre unit offering around 74mpg and 99g/km, and a 2.0-litre 148bhp unit which returns 69mpg and 106g/km.

And according to VW management speaking at the launch presentation, a Bluemotion version of the 1.6 diesel will offer 88.3mpg fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of 85g/km.

The new Golf is 56mm longer than its predecessor, with a 59mm longer wheelbase. With the front wheels 43mm further forward and a13mm increase in width more cabin space is liberated. The car also sits 28mm lower.

Notable cabin changes include a centre console now angled more towards the driver, and featuring a new generation of touchscreen infotainment systems. These will come as standard on all Golf models, from a 5.8-inch entry-level colour display system, rising to the range-topping satellite navigation system with eight-inch colour display.

DAB digital radio, auxiliary inputs (including USB), Bluetooth telephone preparation and access to vehicle trip information will all feature on the system which will work through smartphone-like fingertip control.

A new electronic parking brake with auto-hold feature frees up space between the seats allowing the fitting of a compartment under the centre armrest with an optional universal phone holder with inductive aerial. This increases the signal strength of a phone placed in it and cuts the drain on the phone’s battery.

Standard safety features include a multi-collision brake system which automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision to minimise the chance of a second impact. The PreCrash system that debuted on the Touareg is also standard.

Full details of the car will be revealed in Paris with order books opening in October and the first cars on UK roads in January.


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