The 2013 Volkswagen Golf will go on sale with two petrol and two diesel engines, but a number of new units are expected to join the range
4 September 2012

The Volkswagen Golf has traditionally been offered with an extensive range of petrol and diesel engines, and the new Volkswagen Golf Mk7 is no exception.

At launch, the range will kick off with a pair of turbocharged petrol engines: a 1.2-litre unit making 85bhp and a 1.4-litre boasting 138bhp. 

The frugal 1.2 promises a claimed 57.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 113g/km, while the 1.4 returns 58.9mpg and 112g/km, helped by a cylinder deactivation system that cuts out the two middle cylinders to reduce fuel consumption between 1400 and 4000rpm.

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Also planned, but not yet officially confirmed, are a more powerful version of the 1.2 and a less powerful 1.4. The 1.2 will make 103bhp and the 1.4 120bhp, although they aren’t expected here until later next year. 

The technologically advanced (but expensive to make) 158bhp 1.4-litre TwinCharger engine, endowed with both a turbocharger and supercharger, has been dropped. However, word on the rumour mill suggests that VW could bring a turbocharged 1.8-litre engine to the new Golf line-up with a rumoured 178bhp, which would bridge the gap to the more performance-orientated models in the Golf range. 

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Diesels will major on 1.6 and 2.0-litre capacities. The 1.6 is a lightly reworked version of today’s unit, while the 2.0 is a heavily revised version of the current engine.

In standard tune, the 1.6 will make 103bhp and boast 74.3mpg and 99g/km. The more frugal BlueMotion variant claims 14mpg better at 88.3mpg, with CO2 emissions improved by 14g/km at just 85g/km. 

A significant change with the 2.0-litre diesel is a new installation that switches the engine by 180deg for more efficient cooling. Power is 148bhp, with claimed economy of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 106g/km. Also in the pipeline is a 177bhp version, to be badged GTD.  

Sources close to VW engineering chief Ulrich Hackenberg also say there are moves to introduce a new performance-orientated Golf R diesel. Nothing is official at this stage, but talk centres around a twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre engine producing up to 222bhp. 

Also planned for launch next year is a compressed natural gas-powered Eco Fuel version running a turbocharged 1.4-litre engine, although it’s unlikely that the model will be sold in the UK.

Further in the future, VW plans to launch both petrol-electric hybrid and all-electric E-motion versions of the new Golf.

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4 September 2012

Just thought I'd make a comment before all the muppets chime in with their "real world economy" comments.

I run a Mk6 2.0 GT TDi and regularly match or slightly exceed the published 57mpg figure for the car, and I have to say that the fuel figures for these engines are very impresive. The 1.4 cylinder deactivation betters my car slightly with the advantages of petrol, so I'll be having a close look at that. It will be interesting to see how the price compares with the 2.0TDi.

On the other hand, the 1.6TDi would give a tank range of over 850 miles, and with the mileage I do less time spent in filling stations is appreciated.

The Bluemotion figures are very impressive, but my issue there would be the spec of that particular model. The current Bluemotion is far too compromised on equipment for my liking.

 

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5 July 2013

arh09 wrote:

Just thought I'd make a comment before all the muppets chime in with their "real world economy" comments.

I run a Mk6 2.0 GT TDi and regularly match or slightly exceed the published 57mpg figure for the car, and I have to say that the fuel figures for these engines are very impresive. The 1.4 cylinder deactivation betters my car slightly with the advantages of petrol, so I'll be having a close look at that. It will be interesting to see how the price compares with the 2.0TDi.

On the other hand, the 1.6TDi would give a tank range of over 850 miles, and with the mileage I do less time spent in filling stations is appreciated.

The Bluemotion figures are very impressive, but my issue there would be the spec of that particular model. The current Bluemotion is far too compromised on equipment for my liking.

 

 

 

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4 September 2012

Thank god they've seen sense and dropped the worst engine ever, I can't believe the twin charger engine ever won an award.

Even autocar said it was the worst version of the golf on sale

 

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4 September 2012

xxxx wrote:

Thank god they've seen sense and dropped the worst engine ever, I can't believe the twin charger engine ever won an award.

Even autocar said it was the worst version of the golf on sale

 

They seemed quite happy with it in the previous Touran.

Autocar wrote:

What’s it like? Really rather impressive. We’ve already sampled the 168bhp version of this engine in the Golf GT, but this is the 139bhp version. With 162lb ft next to the GT’s 177lb ft, this Twincharger still has plenty of grunt, even in the 1478kg Touran, which it drags to 62mph in 9.8sec. Power delivery is nicely linear, and it’s almost impossible to detect the point at which turbo takes over from supercharger. The supercharger also means you get all of that torque from just 1750rpm, so although swapping cogs on the six-speed ’box is fun, you don’t need to change down to overtake on the motorway.

I'm happy with it in the new Touran too, better than a chugging diseasal.

5 September 2012

TS7 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Thank god they've seen sense and dropped the worst engine ever, I can't believe the twin charger engine ever won an award.

Even autocar said it was the worst version of the golf on sale

 

They seemed quite happy with it in the previous Touran.

Think it's been dropped from the Touran too, it only won an award in 2009 but within 3 years of the award it's been dropped like a dead donkey.  Still available in the Tiguan, for now. 

 

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5 September 2012

xxxx wrote:

TS7 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

 

They seemed quite happy with it in the previous Touran.

Think it's been dropped from the Touran too

No it hasn't, and it keeps getting good reviews. It's just too expensive to manufacture compared to a simple turbo engine. That's why it's been dropped; it doesn't make it a bad engine.

5 March 2013

The 1.2 will make 103bhp and the 1.4 120bhp, although they aren’t expected here until later next year.

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