We’ve already had a VW Golf three times on our channel. At first, it was a fast GTI model, then – even faster R model and finally – offroader called Alltrack. Now time for some classic – estate and diesel engine. Golf went through facelifting – it’s not really a new model, what’s easy to see looking at almost unchanged front. Although, the headlights and shape of the bumper is brand new.The LED daytime lights have got a new pattern which is changing into indicators. Its shape is supposed to be a distinctive feature of Golf. The reviewed car is in R-line version. It contains a visual package with more aggresive bumpers with black accents, black side skirts, exclusive type of rims and in the back… …yes, some fake exhaust tips. They look genuinely cheap. To be honest I hoped that R-line is something similar to Ford’s ST-line, where together with styling tweaks we get some technical changes. Unfortunately, Golf R-Line, despite aggresive look, is still a normal Golf which means it’s far away from its sporty brothers. However, it won’t disappoint you with handling. It’s actually very good, one of the best models in this segment. There’s no understeer, suspension is stiff, but you’ll feel only the big transverse bumps. Important notice – I’m talking about a car with optional adaptive DCC suspension. The car is leaning on the sides, but after a moment you can feel it’s kept in place with the stiffness of the suspension. Quick turns? Golf won’t find it as a problem.What is more, the car’s behaviour is changing with every drive mode we choose. Currently you can see the available range of modes. I should stress that in Eco mode car behaves like we would tow a trailer full of bricks, when is Sport mode the car’s response to pushing the throttle and moving the steering wheel is much more aggressive. As I already mentioned, we have a diesel engine in here. It’s the most powerful Diesel available in standard Golf – only GTD model has got more power.The engine generates 150 hp of power and over 300 Nm of torque. 0-100 km/h? 8.7 seconds. And this influences the dynamics positively. Of course, I wouldn’t call it a rocket, but I also wouldn’t say it lacks power. Especially with higher speeds – thanks to big torque overtaking isn’t a big deal for Golf. The fuel consumption for 2.0 TDI is quite alright. In extra urban conditions you will go under 5 liters, urban – around 7 liters. What’s important, I’m talking about a
car with 7-speed DSG gearbox In the city it can slightly increase the consumption, while during trips, thanks to 7th gear, it can help to decrease it. And thanks to that travelling with lower revs means the car is more quiet.By the way, Golf has a good noise cancellation. Now it’s time to speak about screens inside the car. The central screen in post-facelift model is totally new. Matte screen with buttons and knobs has been replaced by a bigger one, which has some drawbacks. First thing – there will be always lots of fingerprints on it. Second – old buttons and knobs were just more comfortable to use. While the system itself is clear and it’s got some new graphics the smoothness of its work seems to be worse that before the modifications, although it’s still very good. Looks like VW wants to be a bit like BMW, because the Golf is equipped with a system which lets you control some functions with… gestures. Look at it… I wave my hand… and I change the song, or something else in the menu. I’ll be honest – I think it’s an useless gadget It’s a typical marketing trick – in my opinion it won’t make Golf more intelligent, neither more…Premium. Digital instrument cluster called Virtual Cockpit is another novelty. The data shown on screen is easy to read and we can adjust it as we want. With the screen and buttons on a steering wheel we also adjust the settings of Active Lane Assist which can make Golf turn into a semi-autonomous car for few seconds. After few seconds the system will imply you to put your hands on the wheel again. if you won’t do this, it will show a warning.If you will be still ignoring it, the system will inform you with short, but quite brutal braking, which can really shake you up. Last but not least – interior. The R-Line seats really keep you in the place and are also very comfy. They’re also finished with dedicated upholstery. There’s plenty of space – both in front and in the rear. The rear couch offers a lot of space, but if you sit in the middle massive central tunnel will disturb you during trips. The interior is really ergonomical. There are a few storages – those in doors are finished with soft material. The plastics are decent and everything seems to be well-made. No annoying sounds! The trunk offers 600 liters of space and when you fold the rear seats you will get almost fully flat surface. Under the floor there’s a spare wheel, there are some hooks, 12V
socket… the luggage space in Golf looks very thought out.The steering wheel, as you probably noticed, isn’t regular. It’s a part of R-line package and looks almost the same as the one in Golf GTI and Golf R. It’s really nice and it’s flattened at the bottom. What is more, there are also metal cover for pedals. Golf, despite having the R-line package, decent performance and a stopwatch in the menu won’t encourage you to drive fast. It’s the car which will consequently gain more and more kilometers. The VW isn’t perfect, it has some drawbacks, but comparing to its rivals there are very little problems.It has its German sense of humour, but it really does its job honestly – which is getting us to your destination without any problems. This optimistic accent would be perfect for the end of the review. But there’s one more thing – price. The car we drove costs… 167 000 PLN! Only the optional equipment is worth 30 000 PLN. But good news is that base Golf Variant with petrol engine starts from 72 000 PLN. If you enjoyed the video please give us a thumb up and subscribe! Be sure to visit our website with photos and technical data. We also invite you to watch some other videos on our channel! Thanks, see ya! .