Volkswagen claims 88mpg and 85g/km for the BlueMotion model
The new Golf will go on sale in November
The Golf will be offered as a three- and five-door hatchback, five-door estate, Golf Plus, CC saloon and cabriolet
A subtle shift in overall proportions creates a premium-class impression
The Mk7 Golf is 56mm longer than the Mk6 model
The new Golf is significantly lighter than the current model
A lower kerb weight and a lowered centre of gravity boost dynamic ability
Unlike the Mk6, which was a heavily facelifted version of the Mk5, the new car is new from the ground up
GTI and R performance variants will follow
Length is up by 56mm to 4255mm and width extends by 13mm to 1799mm
Five- and six-speed manual gearboxes will be offered alongside six- and seven-speed dual clutch units
Certain engine will be available with four-wheel drive from autumn 2013
Multi collision braking will be offered. It brakes the vehicle after a crash to avoid a second impact with oncoming traffic
Base cars will get a monochrome screen, but other trims get a colour touchscreen as standard
Top-spec cars receive an eight-inch display
Seventh-generation Golf is the biggest yet
Steering wheel is slightly smaller than previously, and is now flat-bottomed
Sportier versions will get a more acutely angled flat section in the steering wheel
nterior designer Tomasz Bachorski rates the pronounced horizontal sections of the Golf’s dash as the element he is most proud of
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.
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.
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.