The new entry-level Golf Twist is now on sale costing from £12,995
8 October 2010

VW has launched a new entry-level Golf Twist that will cost from just £12,995.

It is available to order now in three or five door guise and comes with more than £700 of additional standard equipment over the previous entry-level Golf, the S, on which it is based. That car costs from £14,880.

See a picture of the new entry-level VW Golf Twist

The five door version commands a £585 premium over the three door. Power comes from a 79bhp, 97lb ft, 1.4 petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The Twist will accelerate to 62 mph from rest in 13.9 seconds and go on to a top speed of 107mph. It has combined economy of 44.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 149 g/km.

Standard equipment includes 16in Atlanta alloy wheels, an RCD 310 radio system with MDI multimedia connectivity and safety kit including ABS, ESP and seven airbags.

Andrew Papworth

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6 October 2010

This is a good car at a great value price.I just dont see why VW dont drop this underpowered engine and offer the1.2 TSI as the entry engine

6 October 2010

[quote Flash Harry]This is a good car at a great value price.I just dont see why VW dont drop this underpowered engine and offer the1.2 TSI as the entry engine[/quote]

Yes indeed its very good and looks good .Thge reason Id say is because the 1.2 TSI is a newer engine and its also more complex so it would make the car more expensice . By using the old 1.4 VW are still able too make a profit as and sell the car at this price as it does not cost that much now id say as this engine has been around for a while .

6 October 2010

I see where your coming from but its time to roll out the new engines across the range.In the city its fine but you need the horses in rural Ireland as im sure is true in rural Britain too

6 October 2010

Somehow, the poverty Golf is always more extreme in its austerity than the junior rung of other ranges. Good price though.

6 October 2010

[quote Flash Harry]This is a good car at a great value price.I just dont see why VW dont drop this underpowered engine and offer the1.2 TSI as the entry engine[/quote] If they fitted the Tsi engine the price would be £3k greater. Offering a low spec car with an old engine with low power gives VW a car it can entice buyers into the showroom with its low price. Then the salesman can work on the customer to convince them that they would much prefer a more expensive version offering far greater profit to the dealer and manufacturer.

6 October 2010

Good move, Ok the 13K Golf would end up closer to 14K with 5 doors and metallic paint but its still great value.

VW are masters at walking up customers through the range anyway so its likely the guy or gal that goes in enquiring about the 13K Golf will probably end up with a 18K SE anyway!!!

The 1.4 engine serves a purpose, i drove a 1.4 MK6 the other day and it was as to be expected, not bad around town and lower speeds but on the motorway very hard work. I agree with the TSI comment but with that engine the car wouldnt be this cheap and thats the whole point of this new Twist model.

Something else... Its unlikely you would see this car on the fleet and rental market which gives it an even stronger case, VW tend to push the S model to these markets. So the residuals should continue to be pretty good for the Twist.

6 October 2010

A top speed of 107mph from just 79bhp suggests 1) that the power output is very conservative 2) that the drag coefficient is exceptionally good 3) that the manufacturer's top speed figure is very optimistic

6 October 2010

Other than colour there are no options on this car and the 1.4 80Ps engine is no longer available on the Golf S. It is a shame the 1.2TSi has not been used as the difference in price between the 1.4 and 1.2TSi was only £370 on the S. Makes the other models in the range look quite expensive but I bet the profit margin is very very small and VW expect a stack it high sell it cheap routine with this model....... For a cheap well made runabout that is quite spacious and sold at a Supermini price is very god value and makes the Polo very expensive, or is that VW's intention with the Polo selling very well indeed and demand outstripping supply to turn some Polo customers into Golf customers to ease demand???????

6 October 2010

[quote LP in Brighton]A top speed of 107mph from just 79bhp suggests 1) that the power output is very conservative [/quote]

VAG power outputs are often on the conservative side.

I drove a mk5 1.4 hire car for a few weeks and thought the performance was more than adequate, compared to the 1.8 Vectra I was running at the time.

So no ball of fire but most people buying at this end of the market will be happy enough with it.

When mid range Polo's and Fiesta's cost almost £15k these days this is good value.

6 October 2010

[quote LP in Brighton]A top speed of 107mph from just 79bhp suggests 1) that the power output is very conservative 2) that the drag coefficient is exceptionally good 3) that the manufacturer's top speed figure is very optimistic[/quote]

Take 5mph off for speedo adjustment so you're looking at 102mph which I don't think is the beyond the realms of possible with that engine. If you flog it.

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