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Volkswagen Golf 7 Review [complete] – Restyling

Volkswagen Golf 7 2.0 TDI Highline BlueMotion Tech Review. Volkswagen has managed to make from Golf more than a simple model in the compact segment. They managed to turn it into a symbol easily recognizable even by those who are not passionate about cars. And they did so through repetition, practice and conservatism.

Volkswagen Golf 7 2.0 TDI Highline BlueMotion Tech

Volkswagen Golf 7 2.0 TDI Highline BlueMotion Tech

This is because Golf has never revolutionized its segment, but has evolved steadily over the seven generations refining itself and “fidelising” many customers. Unlike other models in this class, the new Volkswagen Golf 7 has a well-established identity, not trying to prove anything. All it has to do is to not disappoint.

Volkswagen Golf 7 2.0 TDI Highline BlueMotion Tech Full Review

Volkswagen Golf 7 Engine / Transmission 4/5

Volkswagen Golf has a wide range of engines both petrol and diesel. The key word is downsize: engine capacity is becoming smaller and the turbo system is an almost constant presence in the engine range. But Volkswagen still preserves in the range the classic 2.0-liter TDI. This is the model that we have tested, and comes equipped with a six-speed manual transmission.

The 2.0-liter TDI engine develops 150 horsepower between 3,500 and 4,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm. The sufficiently high torque ensures alert rounds for this compact, but at the cost of a more present engine sound. The engine could be a little more refined, but aside the specific diesel engines sound, is great for those who want a powerful diesel. The manual gearbox is precise and well leveled, although personally I would have preferred a DSG automatic transmission. It would have been better suited to the character of this engine.

Volkswagen Golf 7 Fuel efficiency 5/5

Officially, Volkswagen Golf 7 TDI has the best fuel economy in the compact-sized hatchback segment with a 2.0-liter diesel engine. The mixed fuel consumption reported by the manufacturer is only 4.1 liters/100 km (68.9 mpg Imp. / 57.4 mpg US). The competitor model that comes close to this efficiency is Honda Civic 2.2-liter i-DTEC with 4.4 liters/100 km (64.2 mpg Imp. / 53.4 mpg US). The rest of competition submit somewhat higher figures, some even with an extra liter (in terms of fuel consumption).

In fact, the Volkswagen Golf 7 tested consumes something more. In urban environment and pretty high traffic conditions, the trip computer displayed a 7.2 liters/100 km (39.2 mpg Imp. / 32.6 mpg US) fuel efficiency, an excellent figure for a of 2.0-liter diesel engine.

Volkswagen Golf 7 TDI Engine

Volkswagen Golf 7 Performance 4/5

The 150 hp and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) is enough to make the new Volkswagen Golf 7 a powerful car in its segment. Thus, is second in the hierarchy of acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) with 8.6 seconds. The time is identical to that obtained by Citroen C4 2.0-liter HDI of 150 hp. On the first place is Chevrolet Cruze 2.0-liter VCDi with 8.5 seconds, but the Chevrolet engine has 13 additional ponies than Golf 7.

Regarding the top speed, Volkswagen Golf 7 TDI stands pretty well, with 216 km/h (134.2 mph), being exceeded at this chapter just by Honda Civic 2.2 i-DTEC with 217 km/h (134.8 mph).

Volkswagen Golf 7 Interior 4.5/5

Volkswagen engineers have studied hard the interior of the new Golf 7. Because they somehow managed to make it more spacious than the previous generation, especially in front. The center console is now slightly more oriented towards the driver, but it is also wider, giving the feeling that everything is bigger. Gauges are also somewhat larger, but as usual very clear and easy to read. La pièce de résistance is the 6-inch touchscreen center display with an excellent presentation of the information displayed.

Rear passengers have plenty of room for a comfortable travel and the luggage compartment has a volume of 380 liters (13.4 cu-ft).

Volkswagen Golf 7 Interior

Volkswagen Golf 7 Price 3.5/5

Volkswagen always tried to position the Golf model in the competitive price segment compared to the competition, not always succeeding. The base price for a Volkswagen Golf 7 is EUR 15,436 (VAT included) – the price for a Golf 7 1.2 TSI Trendline with 85 hp. Our test model comes with top Highline equipment, plus a number of optional features.

Prices for a Volkswagen Golf 7 2.0 TDI Highline start at EUR 22,429, while with tested model with all the installed options has a price of EUR 25,274 (VAT included). Comparing the price of a Golf 7 2.0 TDi Highline with the competition, we note that the model from Wolfsburg is mid-ranked. We have cheaper models, like Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback – with a price of EUR 20,816, as well as significantly more expensive, such as Mazda3 2.2 MZR-CD, which costs EUR 24,330 (but is better equiped). A Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi Titanium costs EUR 21.350 and an Opel Astra 2.0 CDTi Cosmo has a price of EUR 22.240. The French rivals have comparable prices: Citroen C4 2.0 HDI Exclusive costs EUR 22,805 and Peugeot 308 HDI Allure costs EUR 23,157.

Volkswagen Golf 7 Safety 5/5

Regarding safety, the new Golf 7 has received five stars in the EuroNCAP tests organized in 2012. The new Golf has performed excellent on impact, achieving a score of 94% for the adult occupants protection and 89% for the child occupants protection. It is one of the best results in the segment.

Volkswagen offers seven airbags as standard for the Highline equipment: two front, two side, two curtain and airbags for the driver’s knees. In addition, for the EUR 138 (VAT included) Golf 7 can be equipped with a protection system that proactively tightens seat belts and automatically closes the windows and sunroof in case of imminent impact.

Volkswagen Golf 7 Roadholding 4/5

Volkswagen Golf always had a proper roadholding. Not too strong, just for that there is the GTI, but not too soft, and Volkswagen Golf 7 is no exception to that rule, but there is a small problem. The suspension proves to be slightly more noisy when crossing bumps than the old one from the previous generation. Aside from this, Golf 7 runs well regardless of driving mode. You can drive at highway speeds, or negotiate corners on mountain roads. For an EUR 110 extra, one can choose the driving modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport and Eco. This allows changing parameters for steering, throttle, air conditioning system and adaptive suspension, if it exists. Altogether, Golf 7 shows a balanced performance in all cases. German engineers have managed a good compromise between sportiness and comfort.

Volkswagen Golf 7 Technology

Volkswagen Golf 7 Visibility 4.5/5

Since it basically kept the consecrated classic silhouette, Volkswagen Golf 7 is doing well in terms of visibility. The glass surface is large enough and the rear window allows good visibility. For additional security we can order the camera for reversing. It costs EUR 200 and is hidden under the VW logo on the tailgate. A double-edged thing: on the one hand is an aesthetic addition and provides a clean camera even in snow or rainy weather, on the other hand every selection of the reverse gear is accompanied by a dry sound, thus the VW logo being a continuous moving part.

Volkswagen Golf 7 Technology 4.5/5

Volkswagen has equipped the new Golf 7 with sufficient technology for a 2013 car. The optional touchscreen display is intuitive and well done, even having a proximity sensor which senses when you approach the hand and additionally reveals at that time a number of virtual buttons. The display shows information from the trip computer, climate control, audio system and more. The Volkswagen Golf 7 tested was equipped with navigation system. Some of the information is repeated along the smaller screen placed between tachometer and speedometer. Connecting with a smart phone via Bluetooth is very easy, and when the engine stops, the center display shows a useful message: “Please do not forget your phone!”

The seats from the reviewed model were optional for the amount of EUR 319 and also offers a sport ergonomic support, heating and massage, plus 14-way adjustment including length seat cushion and angle of inclination.

We must also mention the AutoHold electric parking brake function, fatigue detection system, cruise control as standard, ambient light, automatic “Multi Collision Brake” system, tire pressure monitoring and the start-stop system.

Volkswagen Golf 7 Design

Volkswagen Golf 7 Design 3.5/5

The design will always remain a controversial chapter for Golf. Many say that Volkswagen keeps this model in a design line too conservative and therefore the model is almost identical among recent generations. On the other hand, this conservatism is part of the Golf identity. If a new generation would come with many curves and look totally changed, it wouldn’t be a Golf. Volkswagen has an army of loyal customers who appreciate precisely that. The fact that Golf stands out and is an excellent package between quality, price and performance.

Volkswagen Golf 7 is different from the previous generation by a more aggressive fascia, with slightly more angular taillights and… not much else. Basically, Golf 7 is a facelift of Golf 6 which is a facelift at Golf 5. But this is not necessarily a bad thing. Golf can be driven by anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Volkswagen Golf 7 Test Drive

We liked:

  • Finishing quality
  • Comfort
  • Practicality

We didn’t liked:

  • Noisy Suspension

Volkswagen Golf 7 2.0 TDI Highline BlueMotion Tech Specs

Volkswagen Golf 7 2.0 TDI Highline BlueMotion Tech
Fuel
Diesel
No. doors
5
Engine type/cylinder
2.0 TDI / L4
Seating
5
Displacement cc
1968
Length mm / in
4255 / 167.5
Maximum power HP (rpm)
150 (3500)
Width mm / in
1799 / 70.8
Torque Nm / lb-ft (rpm)
320 /  236  (1750)
Height mm / in
1452 / 57.1
Top speed km/h / mph
216 / 134
Wheelbase mm / in

2637 / 103.8

Acceleration: 0-100 km/h / 62 mph
8.6 seconds
Weight kg / lbs

1354 / 2985

Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel tank – liters / gallons
50 / 13.2 US / 11 Imperial
Transmission
Manual (6-speed)
Cargo – liters / cubic feet
380 / 13.4
Volkswagen Golf 7 2.0 TDI Highline BlueMotion Tech receives in our Review an Overall note of 4.2 out of 5.

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