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Volkswagen Golf 7 Drive Test

Volkswagen Golf is perhaps the most famous car in the world. Instantly recognizable, with a reputation for iron, Golf already has 40 years of history back seven generations and many fans. It is considered a benchmark in the compact class, where customers favorite in Europe for a long time.

The current generation arrived in 2012 at the Paris Motor Show opened a new platform called MQB, the platform is also used by other compact models from the Volkswagen group. Importantly, the Golf has managed to evolve without visual shock, Volkswagen designers always preferring classic book. From the first to the seventh generation Golf has developed normally, even without fireworks design and faithful audience appreciated it.

40 years from the first Golf, Volkswagen decided to celebrate when launching a special edition called Golf Edition 40. It is a special additional equipment level based on the Highline top and comes with a long list of standard equipment . To equip Edition 40 can choose almost any engine in the current supply of engines, and we could not test this model in version 2.0 TDI 150 hp with six-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

  • Volkswagen Golf 7 (2012-present) 150hp 2.0 TDI DSG Edition
  • Price starting € 15.729
    Price model tested € 34.585

Engine / Transmission

2.0 TDI BlueMotion is an old acquaintance of ours. It is one of the most popular diesel engines VW family and currently has the largest displacement may be selected versions “non-sporting” of Golf. It is also the most powerful diesel (unless we consider the GTD version) can be chosen for the German compact, with the 150 hp between 3,500 and 4,000 rpm developed. The torque is 320 Nm available between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm. It is a robust engine, refined and sufficient reserves of power and torque, but with a full sound when maximum power request from him.

Engine is excellent for those who travel long distances on board the Golf, is a very good partner lying on the road. Box and six-speed twin clutch is one of the best in the segment, the changes being made impreceptibil step. DSG also has a sport mode, and if we can change gears manually using the lever on the steering wheel or flaps.

consumption
Though most builders prefer to focus on smaller cylinder diesel engines in the compact class, the powerful 2.0-liter Volkswagen keeps on offer. It is one of the economic engines in the compact segment, offering an average fuel consumption of 4.4 liters / 100 km even associated with a DSG automatic gearbox. The lowest average consumption for compact models with 150 hp diesel engine and automatic gearbox, but similar values are recorded and Powershift Ford Focus 2.0 TDCI Seat Leon 2.0 TDI DSG and,

In everyday life, the Golf 2.0 TDI DSG Edition achieved an average of 5.8 liters / 100 km on a route that included urban roads, and national roads. If you pick up the pace and approach a piece of highway, average consumption increased to 6.9 liters / 100 km.

Performance

The 150 hp are enough to make the anniversary edition of Golf 7:01 fast car. He needs 8.6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h and the maximum speed that can be achieved is 212 km / hour. The only model faster than the Golf 2.0 TDI 150 hp is his brother platform in Spain, Seat Leon FR 2.0 TDI. Despite all uses the same powertrain and an automatic gearbox DSG takes time to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h of 8.4 seconds.

inside

The interior is where Golf manages to maintain first place in non-premium compact segment. It has the elegant interior, stylish and good quality materials. And in equipping Edition 40, which is actually the Highline very well equipped, things were taken at its best. First, attention is drawn Alcantara leather upholstery combined with light brown Nappa leather, then lit thresholds. Cover is discrete matching brown stitching on the steering wheel and gearshift lever. We have some more chrome and glossy black plastic, but good quality. Panoramic sunroof makes the interior a very bright, but it is an option that costs 970 euros.

Wide center console, easily directed to the driving, clocks large and clear and well located completes commands within the Golf Edition 40. There are no other references to the old model and the fact that we’re dealing with a special issue outside the two plates placed on the wings.

Enough trunk space for a family, having a volume of 380 liters, one of the largest in the class. Is exceeded, however, models like the Citroen C4 or Skoda Octavia.

Purchase price
Because we face a well equipped Golf, the bill as it is. To choose this particular trim level combined with the most powerful diesel engine in the range VW Golf plus DSG six-speed automatic gearbox is required to pay the sum of 31,000 euros excluding optional. True, standard equipment list is very long, but still we can add some extra elements. The model we tested had options worth 3,200 euros, leading to 34,600 euro price model tested.

This teleports him on Golf Edition 40 among the most expensive models that can be purchased in the compact class, the fight with similar models in the premium segment. Versions of top equipment models competing prices ranging between 22,000 and 25,000 euros, which adds to the cost of options.

safety
Volkswagen Golf 7 was tested by EuroNCAP in 2012 immediately after the launch of the new model. The test then obtained Golf score five-star general and a degree of protection of 94% for adult passengers, 89% for child passengers and 65% for pedestrian protection.

Seven airbags are offered as standard, including knee airbag, plus electronic assistance systems including ABS and not missing traction control system ESC. Optionally you can choose and rear seat side airbags for the sum of 300 euros.

Driving

Golf still has the upper Chapter dynamic compact segment. But his position is threatened by competition very hard to close. The new Focus, Mazda3 and even the new Peugeot 308 are serious competitors in this chapter. But still good Golf manages to combine excellent dynamics and exemplary roadholding. The suspension is firm and this favors driving dynamics and Golf Edition comes standard with the system that allows the selection of driving. The driver can choose between four configurations: Normal, Sport, Eco and transport. This system changes the parameters steering, throttle response, power and air conditioning adaptive suspension.

Along with 18-inch wheels optional Serron, the suspension is a bit too firm but in normal mode, especially when cross uneven asphalt urban or decayed. If we lived in a country with perfect asphalt, Golf would be ideal. But this is not possible, so we will suffer less when crossing a tramway. Also, the rear suspension is slightly noisy when working.

visibility
There are no problems in this respect, being sufficiently generous glass surfaces and mirrors are well placed. Left front pillar is quite thin for unproblematic to left turns and simple silhouette with big fireworks design is easy to maneuver in narrow spaces. Note that, although I had a complete set of front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera there, which is an optional even when fitting Edition.

Technology

Volkswagen wanted anniversary version of the Golf to be good tech. We have dual automatic climate control, two USB sockets, one hidden in the armrest specifically for charging your mobile phone, smart key, engine start button on the center console, trip computer with color display located between the clocks, adaptive cruise control, fog lights bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, parking sensors and navigation.

Then we have packages Winter Lights and Visibility and Technology offered as standard. There are seats and heated steering wheel, but they can be operated only with the driver’s seat. Other features were left on the list of options, so if you want room for reversing or Park Assist system, which enables automatic parking, you have to tick a few boxes additional order form.

Design

The design of the Golf is a classic. The reason eternal discussion between the model and the fans who would like Volkswagen to dare more in this area. But the very fact that its design has never contributed greatly shocked at the enormous success enjoyed by the Golf. However, the current Golf 7 is the most aggressive of all generations, and 40 Edition package adds elegance. The wheels are special, we have a orange tint windscreen reflects UV rays, logos Edition located on the front wings and a slightly modified radiator grille.

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