New Golf is on way

The seventh-generation of Volkswagen’s iconic Golf will come to Ireland this December, in time for January 2013 sales.

The seventh-generation of Volkswagen’s iconic Golf will come to Ireland this December, in time for January 2013 sales.

Over 29 million Golfs have been sold worldwide and here in Ireland the Golf is Volkswagen’s best-selling model.

The new Golf is safer, more comfortable and spacious than the previous model, is up to 100 kg lighter and - in the case of the new 140 bhp petrol engine that features cylinder deactivation and a combined fuel consumption of just 4.8 l / 100 km - it is up to 23 per cent more fuel efficient.

Conceptually, the new Golf is based on the Modular Transverse Matrix. This means that everything was redesigned: from the body and powertrain to the interior - as well as all information and entertainment systems and its many new assistance systems. At 4,255mm long, the new Golf is 56mm longer than its predecessor and, with a 59mm longer wheelbase of 2,637mm. The front wheels are 43mm further forward to improve the interior space, while the new car is also 13mm wider and 28mm lower than the car it replaces.

Inside the Golf there is more room than ever. Rear legroom is improved by 15 mm, and the front seats have been moved 20 mm further back, benefitting taller drivers. Front shoulder room is improved by 31 mm to 1,420 mm (at the rear it is 30 mm wider) and elbow room by 22 mm to 1,469 mm (20 mm wider at the rear). There is more room for luggage, too: the boot is 30 litres larger, at 380 litres, with a low 685 mm sill to make loading effortless. The front passenger seat can also optionally fold fully-forward, creating a load space which is up to 2,412 mm long.There is a 10 per cent improvement in the drag co-efficient, which is now 0.27 Cd.

Volkswagen developed two entirely new generations of engines for the Golf that offer a power range from 85 bhp to 150 bhp. All engine versions are equipped with a standard stop/start system and battery regeneration, which contribute towards improved fuel economy. The common rail diesel engine with 105bhp which is expected to be the biggest-seller in Ireland, only consumes 3.8 litres of fuel per 100 km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.

Trim levels will be Trendline, Comfortline and Highline for the new car. Specification and pricing for the new model will be released closer to the on-sale date.