Details of the new Volkswagen Golf have been revealed ahead of its official unveiling in Berlin on the 4th September. The seventh-edition of the VW Golf is said to improve upon the Mk6 in a number of ways.
Big Boots to Fill
The 2013 Volkswagen Golf looks to build on its predecessor’s success. To give some idea of just how much of a success story the Golf has been, since its very first release in 1974, the VW Golf has sold over 29 million units worldwide. That’s a lot of car insurance quotes for a particular model of car!
So it has pretty huge boots to fill to continue a healthy trend of sales, then again, the VW Golf has become one of the best looking, most reliable hatchbacks on the market. Its versatility is also very impressive and the new Mk7 VW Golf will likely be just as good.
The new Golf is said to be larger than its predecessor, which gives rise to thought that the newer model may risk moving too far away from the original Golf; lightweight and fun to drive. The longer, wider body in the new car is said to improve crash protection whilst the leg room inside the car has been increased too for added comfort. This isn’t doing anything to fulfil the original criteria…
However, despite these increases in size, the new Golf is reported to be 100kg lighter than the previous model thanks to a number of refinements, including the adoption of lighter materials within the body structure.
Additionally, the new engine, a 1.4 litre turbo, is up to 22kg lighter than the earlier edition. This new generation engine will produce 138bhp and is claimed to return a fantastic 58.9mpg on the combined European consumption cycle. Average CO2 emissions are 112g/km.
Meanwhile, details of the new GTi are also in circulation. The GTi will receive a new 222bhp version of the 2.0 litre turbo engine developed by Audi.
So, the new Golf is larger, lighter, more economical and all-round better value than previous models. Will it still have the same fun feeling when driving it though? Only time will tell…