Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 'Lights On' warning buzzer
  • ACC - Adaptive cruise control with front assist, distance monitoring, city emergency brake and speed limiter
  • Bluetooth Telephone preparation
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Driver alert system
  • Driver profile selection
  • Exterior temperature gauge
  • Flat tyre indicator
  • Instrument cluster in white
  • Low fuel level warning light
  • Multifunction computer
  • Oil level gauge
  • PAS - speed related
  • Rev counter
  • Trip and service interval display
  • Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensors
  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened

Entertainment

  • CD/MP3/WMA, USB and SD card reader, aux-in
  • Composition media system
  • DAB Digital radio
  • MDI with USB/iPod connection cables

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Automatic headlights
  • Black front air intake and radiator grilles
  • Black rear diffuser
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors with integral indicators
  • Chrome trimmed radiator grille louvre inserts
  • Cornering front fog lights
  • Dusk sensor + auto driving lights
  • Electric folding door mirrors with puddle lamps
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Rain sensor
  • Range adjustable headlights
  • Rear diffuser
  • Rear roof spoiler
  • Rear window wash/wipe with intermittent delay
  • Reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger's door mirror
  • Windscreen wipers/ intermittent wipe + 4 position delay

Interior Features

  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 3 spoke steering wheel
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Bag hook in luggage compartment
  • Boot lashing points
  • Courtesy light delay
  • Dust/pollen filter
  • Front centre armrest with storage box and rear air vents
  • Front reading lights
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Grab handles
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Isofix preparation for 2 rear child seats
  • Load through provision with rear centre armrest and cupholders x2
  • Lockable, illuminated, cooled glovebox
  • Luggage compartment cover
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Multifunction leather steering wheel with leather gear knob/handbrake grip
  • Rear reading lights
  • Storage box in centre console with cover
  • Storage box in luggage compartment
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Variable boot floor, height adjustable and removable
  • White adjustable panel illumination

Packs

  • Winter pack - Golf

Safety

  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Automatic Post collision braking
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Door open warning reflectors
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Driver/Passenger whiplash optimised head restraints
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Electronic tyre pressure monitoring
  • ESP with EDL + ASR
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front side airbags
  • Fuel cut off safety device
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • Pre crash system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit holder

Security

  • Alarm with interior protection
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys

Technical

  • Diesel particulate filter
  • XDS electronic differential lock

Trim

  • Brushed dark silver decorative inserts in dash and door panels
  • Chrome air vent surrounds
  • Chrome-plated light switch surround

Wheels

  • Steel space saver spare wheel

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

103

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CC

1598

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

5 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

70.6

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

80.7

EC Urban (mpg)

62.8

General

Badge Engine CC

1.6

Badge Power

110

Based On ID

69733

Coin Description

TDI 110

Coin Series

Match Edition

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

12E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

94

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

89

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

65

NCAP Safety Assist %

71

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

10000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

10.1

Engine Power - BHP

110

Engine Power - KW

81

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

184

Engine Torque - MKG

26

Engine Torque - NM

250

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

121

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

205/55 R16

Tyre Size Rear

205/55 R16

Tyre Size Spare

SPACE SAVER

Wheel Style

DOVER

Wheel Type

16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1452

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4255

Wheelbase

2637

Width

1799

Width (including mirrors)

2027

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

50

Gross Vehicle Weight

1800

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1270

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

380

Max. Loading Weight

576

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1500

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

640

Minimum Kerbweight

1224

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.9

Summary

The Volkswagen Golf is remains a desirable family hatch. The lower specification torsion-beam suspension that's fitted to less powerful models like this 1.6 TDI diesel isn't ideal, but it's a feature that many buyers shopping through the lower order trim levels won't care very much about. In most other areas, the Golf forges inexorably onwards. Less weight and more space is always a good combination and a number of efficiency measures have brought impressive steps forward in the reduction of running costs. You'll especially get the benefit of that if you specify this car in 1.6 TDI BlueMotion form. The revised styling is evolutionary but includes a number of interesting details, cabin quality is well up to par and residual values look promising. In short it's a Golf. A more polished, smarter Golf, but still a Golf. Reassuringly so.

Background

After six model generations, 38 years and 29 million cars, it would perhaps be a little surprising if Volkswagen didn't have the hang of building Golfs by now. You certainly wouldn't expect anything radical or off-beat with the Golf Mk 7 and, without wishing to destroy a cliffhanger of a plot line, so it proves. This is a well-honed formula that works. Why mess with it? So how have we come to this point, this incrementally bigger, sleeker and more sophisticated take on an established favourite? Its predecessor, the Golf Mk 6, had been one of the more successful Golf models. Introduced in 2008, it built on the foundations of the Mk 5, offering better safety, better efficiency but a lower build cost. The Mk 7 might look like another refinement of that vehicle, but despite the evolutionary styling, it's completely fresh from the ground up but still unambiguously a Golf. And it's in the 110PS 1.6-litre TDI diesel form we look at here, that most British-bound Golfs will be ordered.

Driving Experience

Get under the skin of this latest Volkswagen Golf and you'll find the same stiff, sophisticated MQB chassis this 7th genration model was launched with. As before, interior refinement is impressive, with very little road noise filtering back into the cabin. Tyre noise and engine sounds have also been muted to the sort of level you'd have expected from a Phateon limousine not so long ago. The 1.6-litre TDI diesel variant we look at here now puts out 115PS, 5PS up on before. Otherwise, the engine's not much different - the main development work on it went into creating an eco-conscious BlueMotion version. Still, in either form, it's a unit that's acceptably rapid for its modest station in life, with 62mph from rest in the ordinary model around 11s on the way to around 110mph, with 250Nm of torque to zip you through the five-speed gearbox. The ride suffers a little with the adoption of a less sophisticated torsion beam rear suspension for lower order Golf models like this one, but you only really feel it over very poor surfaces or when pushing on hard. On the move, there's a standard XDS electronic differential lock for sharper corner turn-in and, on all but the entry trim level, a so-called 'driver profile selection' system. Here, four available programmes - 'Eco', 'Sport', 'Normal' and 'Individual' - alter the throttle mapping and engine management to suit your chosen driving style. Add the optional ACC Adaptive Chassis Control system, which enables you to tweak the suspension to suit the road and your mood, and there's a fifth 'Comfort' mode.

Design and Build

The first thing you'll notice about this revised Golf is probably its slightly sleeker front end. Many variants now get full-LED headlamps and the air intakes at either corner of the front bumper have been restyled too. Jewel-like LED tail lamps are now standard across the range and on top versions, there are smart animated flowing indicators too. Otherwise, things are much as before - which means that there's a choice between three or five-door hatch and estate bodystyles, both of which sit on the Volkswagen Group's light, stiff and very sophisticated MQB chassis. And behind the thinner multi-function steering wheel? Well, as ever, nobody does it better than this. It isn't that it feels especially plush, though the quality of materials used is excellent - and far better, incidentally, in this Wolfsburg-constructed Golf than Volkswagen's similarly priced but Mexican-built compact Jetta saloon. It's just that everything is of just the right quality and feels absolutely fit for purpose. In this revised model, the cabin has been given a lift by the addition of smarter decorative trim panels on the doors, the dash panel and the centre console, as well as classier seat covers. Out back, there's a 380-litre cargo bay in the hatch version that's much bigger than that provided by rival Focus and Astra models. It can be extended to 1,270-litres if you push forward the rear seats.

Market and Model

Pricing starts from around £20,000 for the five-door version of this 1.6 TDI that most will want. There's a £655 premium to go from the three-door bodystyle to the five-door bodyshape that 90% of British buyers choose and from there, you get the option of finding a further £700 more for the estate bodystyle if you want it. A key change with this revised model lies with media connectivity. An 8-inch 'Composition Media' screen now comes as standard. Plus there's the option of a really sophisticated 'Discover Pro' monitor, this being the first Volkswagen infotainment system to offer both touch and voice-command operation, with gesture control in addition to proximity sensors. Your dealer will also want to tell you about the clever 'Media Control' app that can be used if your Golf's infotainment set-up incorporates a wi-fi hotspot. Passengers simply connect in their 'phones or tablets via the app, then the entertainment system can be operated from anywhere in the car. As you'd expect, there's full 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' compatibility so you can link in your smartphone and use your favourite apps in-car. And we like the new 'Security & Service' package that can automatically alert the emergency services in the event of a breakdown or an accident, book servicing and even advise you if the car is driven beyond a certain area, should you lend it out.

Cost of Ownership

One of Volkswagen's key priorities with this seventh-generation Golf was to reclaim its position as one of the most efficient family hatches, a position it had been struggling to maintain in the latter years of Mk 6 production. So how has it gone about achieving these efficiency gains? The big one is a weight loss plan. Then there are aerodynamic advantages, lower internal friction in the engines and optimised gearing on not only the five and six-speed manuals but also the six and seven-speed DSG twin clutch units. All new Golf models - both diesel and petrol - come with a Stop/Start system as standard, along with battery regeneration. All well and good. What about the figures? The 1.6 TDI returns a combined cycle reading of 74.3mpg and emits just 99g/km in the process, so if you're collecting petrol station loyalty points, that toaster you're saving up for won't be yours until somewhere in the region of 2019. And you'll do even better if you specify this 1.6-litre TDI engine in BlueMotion' form, in which guise this car is capable of returning 88.3mpg on the combined cycle and hybrid-like CO2 emissions of 85g/km.