You may think that we are introducing the all new Volkswagen Golf… …and in a way, that is the case. But we are not dealing with a complete new generation… but with a big facelift. Volkswagen believes in evolution rather then revolution. The fact that this Golf hardly differs from its predecessor is mainly because this is facelift. But with a car as popular as this, even a facelift is big news. Don’t be mistaken: the current Golf dates from 2012.And since then most of its competitors have had a brand new outfit. Take for instance the Opel Astra… …that is available with on board WIFI. …or the Renault Mégane that disposes of an extensive set of active safety features. An all new Golf is not due until 2019, but VW simply could’t afford to wait that long without doing anything. Let’s start at the beginning. That’s what the Germans did to, after all. From now on, when you buy a new Golf, you get a radio… for free! No, not this one. This is only meant for the more expensive models. It’s has Apple Car Play. And you can operate it with movements of your hand….and everything is digital. That’s a bit too much to my likings, because it doens’t even have a volume button. …and when you hear your favorite song it’s handy to instantly turn up the volume… ..which is impossible in the new Golf. But, a radio as standard… That wasn’t always the case at Volkswagen. Volkswagen seizes the opportunity of this facelift to launch a completely new petrol engine. The 1.5 litre four cylinder delivers 130 or 150 bhp. The basic version safes fuel by switching off the engine as soon as you lift the throttle.The most powerfull version switches off some individual cylinders to safe fuel. Just when Opel launched some new engines, with blood sweat and tears… Wolfsburg renews its entire line up! Because apart from this Evo Version there’s also a new basic engine. And the more sporty versions… now have much more horsepower at their disposal. The safety features are taken to the next level with traffic jam assistant… …and emergency braking that recognizes pedestrians. With features like that – that until now were set aside for more expensive models – … the Golf is well on its way… of becoming an autonomous driving car. Furthermore the new Golf can be fitted with a digital dashboard… …and with trailer assist from its big brother the Passat…. …which allows you to manoeuvre any trailer in a
jiffy.Has the interior grown thanks to the facelift? No. It hasn’t. But that wasn’t necessary because when it comes to leg, head and stow room the Golf still is the benchmark in its class. The segment in which the Golf operates has been called the Golf Segment for years. And wtih this model the Germans proof how justified that is. New engines, more safety, and the latest gadgets now only make you wish for a more modern exterior. But for that, we are willing to wait a few years. .