The next version of the Volkswagen Golf has been unveiled already. This is before the lifecycle of the current model should really be finished, but it’s believed to be necessary to ensure the Golf is more cost-effective to manufacture.
The Golf is seen as solid and dependable rather than an exciting choice, but this has not stopped 26 million Golfs being sold over the 34 years since the original first went on sale.
The new, sixth generation, Golf, continues the evolution of the model rather than promising a revolution. The new front end reflects the design of the new Scirocco. Inside, there is a focus on a higher quality interior and reduced noise levels.
There are new petrol and diesel engines, including a new 2.0-litre TDI 110 PS common rail diesel engine which emits just 119 g/km of CO2 while returning 62.7 mpg on the combined cycle. Other diesel variants are available with 90 PS, 140 PS and 170 PS outputs linked to a choice of six-speed manual or DSG gearboxes. Many of the petrol engines adopt highly efficient TSI technology with outputs of 80 PS, 102 PS, 122 PS and 160 PS.
For the first time, Volkswagen’s Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC) will be offered on the Golf. This is available on the Passat CC and standard on the new Scirocco, and allows the driver to select from normal, comfort or sport modes to define the desired suspension, steering and accelerator response settings for any particular journey.
Automatic Distance Control is also offered, which monitors the area around the vehicle through a series of sensors and will, if necessary, reduce the vehicle’s speed should an obstruction be identified. In extreme cases the vehicle can be brought to a complete stop using the system.
Prices and specifications for the new Golf will be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch towards the end of the year. The new Golf goes on sale in the UK in January.