At the start of this year, Volkswagen released the seventh-generation version of their iconic Golf hatchback. Continuing a strong and successful legacy, the new model upholds the manufacturer’s exacting standards to incredible effect.
The new VW Golf Mk7 looks new and refreshed, yet typical of Volkswagen’s style – this is thanks to their all-new MQB platform, which brings a wider range of parts together for use across the entire front-wheel drive range. As a result, there are also more options and upgrades available for the car, including a panoramic sunroof and bigger alloys. On the inside, Alcantara leather can be chosen as an alternative to the smart black ‘Salt’ fabric upholstery. The instrument panel is backlit in a soft white, making the displays much easier to read on night drives, and the electronic parking brake includes an auto-hold function to keep the car stable.
Two of the main things that drivers expect from any Golf are high levels of technology and safety. The first is comprehensively covered by the in-cabin equipment, as the seventh-generation includes a multifunction trip computer, the advanced Composition Media System with a 5.8-inch colour screen, a Bluetooth connection and ‘Climactic’ semi-automatic air conditioning. As for the safety equipment, the newest Golf easily holds on to the five-star EuroNCAP safety rating that its predecessors received. Strategically placed airbags, the PreCrash impact-sensing system, ISOFIX points for child seats and ESP are all standard features.
A selection of petrol and diesel engines are offered with the new model – there are six versions between 1.2 litres and 2.0 litres in capacity – with just as wide a range of gearboxes to work alongside them. Drivers can enjoy up to 150bhp from the Golf and a maximum of 74.3mpg combined, which is exceptional for a hatchback. Every engine is built to incorporate Volkswagen’s Bluemotion Technology, cutting carbon emissions and fuel consumption in a single stroke, and they give the car the capability to tow up to 1.6 tonnes of braked weight.
You can find the new seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf at Johnsons. With locations in Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and Tamworth, they’re well placed to provide the Midlands with quality vehicles, parts and servicing. Visit the Johnsons Volkswagen website today to find out more and book a test drive.