Volkswagen Golf

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GOLF DIESEL HATCHBACK - 1.6 TDI S 5dr



MANUFACTURER PRICE

£21220

BEST PRICE

£18,249 

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This current seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf bows out with added value trim levels. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
GOLF DIESEL HATCHBACK
1.6 TDI S 5dr
DIESEL
£18,249.20
GOLF ESTATE
1.0 TSI 115 S 5dr
PETROL
£18,330.90
GOLF DIESEL ESTATE
1.6 TDI S 5dr
DIESEL
£19,281.20
GOLF ELECTRIC HATCHBACK
99kW e-Golf 35kWh 5dr Auto
ELECTRIC
£26,131.10
GOLF HATCHBACK
1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG
X
£26,939.50
GOLF HATCHBACK
2.0 TSI 245 GTI Performance 5dr DSG
PETROL
£27,618.90
GOLF HATCHBACK
1.4 TSI GTE Advance 5dr DSG
X
£28,487.50
GOLF HATCHBACK
2.0 TSI 300 R 5dr 4MOTION DSG
PETROL
£30,065.60
GOLF ESTATE
2.0 TSI 300 R 5dr 4MOTION DSG
PETROL
£31,097.60
GOLF HATCHBACK
2.0 TSI 290 GTI TCR 5dr DSG
PETROL
£31,342.70

Ten Second Review

Volkswagen's Golf is the family hatchback against which all others are judged - and in seventh generation form has proved to be the best selling version of this car ever made. A new design will be with us shortly but for those happy with this current one, Volkswagen is adding a range of enhanced 'Edition' trim levels at value-orientated pricing. If you're shopping in this segment, you might be asking yourself why you should buy a Golf. But perhaps the more pertinent question is whether there's really any reason why you shouldn't.

Background

Volkswagen's modern era 'Peoples' Car', the Golf family hatchback, has been bought by an awful lot of people. Launched back in 1974 to replace the iconic Beetle, it was the model that saved the company through 29 million sales and six generations that brought us to the MK7 model that launched here in 2013. This seventh generation version has sold very well for the Wolfsburg brand, but in recent times, the launch of tough new rivals has caused some in the market to wonder whether the premium required to own a Golf in the family hatchback sector is really worth paying. Volkswagen has responded by adding in extra value to the Golf proposition, not least with the run-out 'Edition'-spec models featured here. As before, this Golf also aspires to appeal to buyers who might be considering premium-badged compact hatches from brands like BMW, Audi or Mercedes. Which gives you an idea of just how good Wolfsburg thinks this car still is. Are they right? Let's find out.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
106
CO2 (g/km)
109
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Noise Level dB(A)
72
Engine and Drive Train
Engine Code
DDYA
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
16
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
COMMON RAIL
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Transmission
MANUAL
Gears
5 SPEED
CC
1598
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
61.4
EC Urban (mpg)
60.1
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
74.3
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
72.4
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
72.4
EC Combined (mpg)
68.9
EC Combined (mpg)
67.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
57.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
56.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
54.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
54.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
4.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
5.2
General
Generation Mark
7
Safety Concerns?
False
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
15E
Service Interval Mileage
10000
Service Interval Frequency - Months
24
Timing Belt Interval Mileage
75000
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
60
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
94
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
89
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
65
NCAP Safety Assist %
71
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
5
Badge Power
115
Badge Engine CC
1.6
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
AdBlue
True
Coin Series
S
Coin Description
TDI
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Performance
Engine Power - KW
85
Engine Power - RPM
3250
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
184
Engine Torque - NM
250
Engine Torque - RPM
1500
0 to 62 mph (secs)
10.2
Top Speed
123
Engine Power - BHP
115
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
Engine Torque - MKG
25.5
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Emissions Test Cycle
Second Act
Tyres
Alloys?
False
Space Saver?
True
Tyre Size Front
195/65 R15
Tyre Size Rear
195/65 R15
Tyre Size Spare
SPACE SAVER
Wheel Type
15" STEEL
Vehicle Dimensions
Width (including mirrors)
2027
Height
1492
Length
4258
Width
1799
Wheelbase
2620
Weight and Capacities
Minimum Kerbweight
1226
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
50
Gross Vehicle Weight
1800
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
380
No. of Seats
5
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
650
Max. Loading Weight
574
Max. Roof Load
75
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1270
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
10.9
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Driving Experience

Nothing about the driving experience has changed with this improved seventh generation Golf - but then you could argue, as Volkswagen does, that nothing really needed to. There's a polish to this car that's evident not only in the way it's built, the way it looks and the quality of its interior fittings but also in the way it drives. Get used to your Golf and you'll find that progress can be effortless, thanks to a combination of stability, poise and control that makes journey times shrink rapidly. That'll be evident whichever powerplant you choose. At the foot of the range, there's the well-regarded 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit, a three cylinder powerplant developing 115PS. Next up is the 1.5 EVO TSI petrol engine, offered in either 130PS or 150PS guises. Many Golf buyers though, still want a diesel - possibly the 115PS 1.6-litre TDI diesel, but more probably the 2.0-litre TDI, available with 150PS. On the 1.5-litre EVO TSI petrol and the 2.0-litre TDI diesel, buyers are offered the option of a 7-speed DSG auto gearbox for just under £1,500 more. As before, only variants developing more than 120PS get multi-link rear suspension: below that level, your Golf will come with a less sophisticated torsion bean set-up. At the top of the range, the performance versions all use a 2.0-litre petrol turbo, available with 245PS in the 'GTI Performance' version, 290PS in the 'TCR' and 300PS in the 4WD Golf R. As before, there's a full-electric battery-powered e-Golf model if you want it.

Design and Build

In the family hatchback segment, there's still nothing quite as classy-looking as a Golf. Many variants get full-LED headlamps and jewel-like LED tail lamps are standard across the range. On top versions, there are smart animated flowing indicators too. As usual, there's a choice between five-door hatch and estate bodystyles, both of which sit on the Volkswagen Group's light, stiff and very sophisticated MQB chassis. And behind the thinner multi-function steering wheel? Well, as ever, nobody does it better than this. It isn't that it feels especially plush, though the quality of materials used is excellent. It's just that everything is of just the right quality and feels absolutely fit for purpose. In recent times, the cabin was given a lift by the addition of smarter decorative trim panels on the doors, the dash panel and the centre console, as well as classier seat covers. Out back in the hatch version, there's a 380-litre cargo bay that's much bigger than that provided by rival Focus and Astra models. It can be extended to 1,270-litres if you push forward the rear seats.
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