IF you had wished to dig deep into your pocket to acquire the new VW Golf 7, but also had concerns that the small dynamite was princely priced, then your doubt has been cast aside: the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf has just been named as World Car of the Year.
If you can afford it, from R233 800, then these new accolades for the sporty all-time favourite should be an incentive. Before the world crown, the Golf 7 snapped up the Europe prize. So in this car you are sure you are getting proven quality, over and above the usual good looks, comfort and, of course, speed!
There’s more, if size really matters to you: at 4.2m long, the new Golf is 56mm longer than its predecessor, with a 59mm longer wheelbase at 2.6m. The front wheels are positioned 43mm forward and the new model is 13mm wider (1.7m) and 28mm lower at 1.452m. Boot capacity has increased by 30 litres to 380 litres.
Despite being larger, the new Golf is 100kg lighter than the outgoing model and according to VW, it is 23% more fuel efficient. So it’s more speed for less
Safety has not been compromised either as the new model has been pumped up with the addition of a new multi-collision brake system which automatically applies the brakes after a collision.
According to VW, the new system has significantly reduced kinetic energy following a collision and thus minimizes the chance of second impact.
Inside, the controls have been redesigned and are now more angled towards the driver. Drivers will benefit from the automaker’s new touch screen infotainment systems featuring digital radio, auxiliary inputs (including USB), blue-tooth and trip information.
For some the engine is everything, and the G7 makers have obliged, because VW have built the car on the MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform. The model now represents an evolution of the design we’ve come to expect from the Golf.
For the record, the Golf came out on top out of a group of 42 new vehicles for the world car of the year prize. In the final round of four contestants, the G7 beat the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Porsche Boxster/Cayman and the combined entry of the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ/Toyota to the prize.
According to jurors on the World Car of the Year Award panel: “The Volkswagen Golf is as close to the perfect hatchback design as any car company has come yet. Right sized, but spacious, practical and comfortable inside, the latest Golf has been brought up to date with a fresh if evolutionary design, a range of new engines, plus an impressive list of equipment and safety features. What’s more, it’s fun to drive. If ever there was a car for everyman, the Golf is it”.
The VW Golf 7 model lineup & prices are:
. 1,2 TSI with Bluemotion Technology Trendline (77 kW) 6-speed
manual – R233,800
. 1,4 TSI with Bluemotion Technology Trendline (90 kW) 6-speed
manual – R 246,700
. 1,4 TSI with Bluemotion Technology Comfortline (90 kW) 6-speed
manual – R264,900
. 1,4 TSI with Bluemotion Technology Comfortline (90 kW) 7-speed DSG
. 2,0 TDI Comfortline (81 kW) 5-speed manual – R282,300
. 1,4 TSI with Bluemotion Technology Highline (103 kW) 6-speed
manual – R293,600
. 2,0 TDI with Bluemotion Technology Highline (110 kW) 6-speed DSG –
. These prices include VAT emissions tax