Volkswagen Golf MKVII First Look

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With 29 million sold, is there anything that represents mainstream driving more than the not-so-humble-Golf?

Commenting on pictures released on Monday of the new MKVII Golf, thankfully not, according to Walter de Silva, Head of Design for Volkswagen:

“One of the keys to the Golf’s success lies in its continuity. There are a handful of cars with a design that, like the Golf’s, has been refined, tweaked and enhanced down the decades and thus become timeless.”

The seventh version of VW’s ubiquitous ride has been on a diet – losing an incredible 100kg. It’s a slim-fast that’s boosted fuel economy and reduced emissions. MKVII is lighter, longer and wider than its six older siblings. The front wheels have been moved forward to provide passengers with more room while the lower settings reduces drags and those emissions.

Tech a look

Most impressively, a compartment under the armrest has a mobile holder/aerial to boost signal strength for the MKVII’s hand-free Bluetooth. The console has been modernised with a snazzy touch-screen media system while the top of the range version gets a spiffy 8” colour display operated like a smartphone. VW’s multi-collision brake system autostops the car after crashing to avoid repeat impact while a clever pre-crash system tenses seatbelts, closes windows/sunroof if it detects a bang is on its way.

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Under the Hood

The new Golf will offer petrol and diesel engines all with stop/start technology.

Petrol are a 1.2-litre TSI 84bhp which will offer 57.6mpg and Co2 emissions of 113g/km. A 1.4-litre TSI 138bhp unit, with Active Cylinder Technology which deactivate two of the cylinders when they are not required can achieve 58.9mpg and CO2 a little less – 112g/km. The launch diesel engines are 1.6-litre (104bhp, 74.3mpg and 99g/km) and 2.0-litre (148bhp, 68.9mpg and 106g/km).

The new Golf will go on sale from October, with the first UK deliveries in January.

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