The all-new seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf has gained huge popularity since it went on sale in Ireland.
Not only is the new car lighter, safer, more advanced, more spacious, more efficient and better equipped than previous generations of Europe’s best-seller, of which over 29 million have been sold, but with a starting price of just €19,995 for the 3-door 1.2-litre 85bhp Trendline model it is still below €20,000.
The diesel line up starts at just €22,695 for the 105bhp 1.6-litre TDI model. This new 1.6-litre TDI 105bhp engine will have CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.
The new seventh generation Golf will be available in Ireland in three trim levels: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline (the GTD, GTI and BlueMotion models will join the line-up in 2013).
The petrol engine range starts with a four-cylinder 1.2-litre TSI unit producing 85 bhp, rising via a 1.2-litre TSI 105 bhp up to the all-new 1.4-litre TSI 140 bhp engine with Active Cylinder Technology.
The two diesel engines at launch are a 1.6-litre TDI 105 bhp and a new 2.0-litre TDI 150 bhp unit. Both feature the latest common rail diesel technology for maximum efficiency. All new Golf models – both diesel and petrol – come with a Stop/Start system as standard, along with battery regeneration. A 90bhp diesel will follow in Quarter 2 of 2013.
All Golf models come with seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, five three-point seatbelts, ABS with ESP, XDS electronic differential lock and Isofix preparation for two rear child seats.
On Trendline models, the standard Composition Colour system includes a 5-inch colour touchscreen, FM/AM radio as well as eight speakers (front and rear) and a CD drive (MP3 compatible). The CD drive is located in the glovebox along with the SD card slot.
Also standard is ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning and an electronic parking brake, among a host of other features.
Moving up from Trendline to Comfortline trim brings an outstanding range of features, including Cruise Control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, Radio Composition Media which has a 5.8 inch touch screen display which responds to wiping and zooming gestures and there is access to ‘Phone’ commands. There are USB and aux-in interfaces integrated into a separate compartment in the centre console in front of the gear shifter. On the outside, 15” Lyon alloy wheels come as standard on Comfortline models.
From the outside, the Highline model can be recognised by its 16-inch ‘Dover’ alloy wheels, front fog lights, deep red tail-light clusters, black radiator grille with chrome mouldings and electrically folding exterior mirrors. Inside, the Highline gets a 3-spoke leather multifunction steering wheel, sports front seats and Piano Black Mesh inserts for the centre console.
As ever, attractive finance rates will be available from Volkswagen Bank, with Hire Purchase rates of just 4.9% available on new Golf and PCP (Personal Contract Plan) rates from just €239 per month including delivery charges.