According to the manufacturer, the new model is the safest, most technically advanced and the most dynamic so far.
An elegant clean design ensures the new model is instantly recognisable as a Golf with the revolutionary aspects of the new model coming in the technical developments.
The new 2.0 litre TDI 110 PS common rail diesel engine emits only 119g/km of CO2 when driving at 62 miles an hour.
In addition, the Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC), which is also available on the Passat CC, will be introduced to the Golf.
Drivers can select from normal, comfort or sport modes to define the style of their drive.
Professor Dr Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the board at Volkswagen AG, said the new model will "redefine" the quality and comfort level of previous designs.
The new Golf will offer "more customer value than ever before" when it goes on sale in January.