The Volkswagen Golf 7 with its plethora of awards has landed and is priced from an awesome $21,490.
It’s lighter, less fuel thirsty, has a five-star ANCAP safety rating and is World Car of the Year. If that hasn’t already compelled you to go and test drive the car let us continue to tell you about the seventh generation Golf.
The Golf 7 comes with three choices of engine. At the entry level you have the 90kW of power, 200Nm torque producing 90TSI petrol engine which achieves a 0-100km/h dash in 9.3 seconds. This engine when it comes to fuel economy achieves 5.7litres/100km with the six-speed manual and 5.4litres/100km with the seven-speed DSG auto.
If that isn’t quite enough power for you and you’re still keen on a petrol engine the 103TSI petrol engine produces 103kW of power and 250Nm of torque. The 0-100km/h time is a more comfortable 8.4seconds and is able to achieve 5.2litres/100km with the DSG auto. If you’re keen for a manual the 90TSI will be where the fun stops as the 103TSI is only available with the DSG auto.
The diesel which should be the most sought after engine is the 2.0litre turbo diesel which delivers 110kW of power and 320Nmof torque. Not only is the power better but the fuel economy is just 4.9litres/100km. The sour to go with the sweet fuel economy is the 8.6second 0-100km/h time with the DSG auto. Oh, and all three engines have the BlueMotion start/stop system and brake energy recuperation.
New standard features for the Golf 7 are those of which not only make driving more comfortable but safer. The big feature to us is the driver fatigue detection which monitors the first few kilometres of each drive then measures your actions for the rest of the journey. Only tip we offer though is don’t act fatigued at the start of your journey!
The extended differential lock (XDL) from the previous generation Golf GTI and space has been increased not only for passengers but 30litres of boot space has been added. Entertainment has been looked after with a 5.8inch smartphone style system which reacts to touch and has SD Card, USB and Bluetooth connectivity options.
The 90TSI Comfortline option adds extra features including rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, rain sensing windscreen wipers, auto dimming rear-view mirror, automatic headlights, dual-zone air conditioning and alloy wheels.
If you’re wanting a little more a Highline configuration for the 103TSI and 110TDI is available adding even more extras including Alcantara and cloth trim, 17-inch alloy wheels and satellite navigation.
It’s awesome to see such an iconic car enter a new generation and looks to be delivering things which people want at a price point which is hard to ignore. It’s the 60th year for Volkswagen in Australia and it’s a great way to be starting it!