What is it?
Big brands. If it’s a smartphone, it’s Apple; if it’s a burger, it’s McDonalds; and if it’s a car for the people, then it’s the people’s car: the Volkswagen Golf. And while VW’s been in a process of damage limitation ever since it meddled with its own exhaust fumes, the Golf remains an iconic and hugely important car – a point proved by one finding a home every 40 seconds since 1974, equating to 33 million sold around the world.
When you have an icon on your hands, you don’t do radical things with it; hence why a Big Mac still looks and tastes like it did in 1967, and your iPhone 7 would feel familiar to anyone with a 2007 original. So the evolution of the Golf has been intentionally glacial, and you have to look very hard to spot the changes on this new Mk7.5. In fact, the MQB platform underpinning it hasn’t been touched at all, but on the outside there are slightly different bumpers, new front wings, new LED tail-lights and new halogen headlights, with LED units now available, too.
Two things have changed noticeably, though: the extensively upgraded infotainment systems, which include the option of gesture control for the first time in this class, and the price, which has gone down. Now there’s a rare and very welcome treat.