There’s always a place for hot sports hatchbacks in the industry these days. The Volkswagen Golf isn’t an exception to that. This model is a certified seller for the German brand in large part because of its unique combination of hot aesthetic styling with its stellar performance capabilities.
But Volkswagen isn’t just keen on keeping the Golf stale. Sometimes, the company takes it a step further, introducing special edition models to keep the Golf fresh and appealing for its loyal fan base.
The launch of the Volkswagen Golf Match is proof of that. It’s been touted as a replacement model for the Golf SE with the added exception of it being more tricked out than the SE at no added cost. That’s incredible for fans of the Golf SE, a lot of whom already attest to the trim’s well-specified status.
Adding new features to the Golf SE is no easy task and yet, Volkswagen successfully did it by adding even more features to the Golf that customers will undoubtedly appreciate. These new features aren’t your run-of-the-mill additions, either. A lot of them, like the front and rear parking sensors, front fog lights, and mirror pack, all serve their own functions. Those mirror packs, in particular, comes with automatically folding door mirrors with puddle lights and reverse-activated dipping on the nearside. Functions, baby!
The Volkswagen Golf Match is already available to order starting at a price of $33,750 for the 1.4-liter TSI all the way up to $41,300 for the 2.0-liter TDI. Deliveries of the models are expected to commence in September.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volkswagen Golf Match.
Volkswagen Golf Match in detail
There’s more to the Volkswagen Golf Match than what we initially said. A lot more, in fact.
Alcantara and cloth sports seats are the biggest additions, bringing with it a touch of luxury you normally don't get on a Golf.
For starters, the trim comes with standard 16-inch Dover alloy wheels. This is unique to the Golf Match to further emphasize the trim’s added appeal to Golf customers. A host of technological features are also being offered, highlighted by standard ACC Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, a Driver Alert System, PreCrash preventive occupant protection, and Driver Profile Selection.
Oh, Volkswagen is also offering the Match trim on Golf GT models. That one comes with even more cosmetic and aerodynamic modifications, including ’Cherry Red’ rear light clusters, a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels, and a lowered suspension system.
Likewise, the Golf GT’s interior gets its own new digs. Alcantara and cloth sports seats are the biggest additions, bringing with it a touch of luxury you normally don’t get on a Golf. There are also gloss black dash and door inserts, LED reading lights, ambient lighting, and the Discover Navigation media and navigation system with a 5.8-inch color touch-screen to round out what’s obviously an incredible new addition to Volkswagen’s Golf lineup.
|Engine derivative||Gearbox||Body||Combined mpg||CO2 (g/km)||Price, £ RRP OTR||$ Conversion|
|1.4-litre TSI 122 PS||6-speed man||3-door||54.3||120||£19,680.00||$33,750|
|1.4-litre TSI 122 PS||6-speed man||5-door||53.3||123||£20,335.00||$34,886|
|1.4-litre TSI 122 PS||7-speed DSG||5-door||56.5||116||£21,750.00||$37,300|
|1.6-litre TDI 105 PS||5-speed man||3-door||74.3||99||£20,535.00||$35,200|
|1.6-litre TDI 105 PS||5-speed man||5-door||74.3||99||£21,190.00||$36,300|
|1.6-litre TDI 105 PS||7-speed DSG||5-door||72.4||102||£22,605.00||$38,700|
|2.0-litre TDI 150 PS||6-speed man||3-door||68.9||106||£22,050.00||$37,800|
|2.0-litre TDI 150 PS||6-speed man||5-door||68.9||106||£22,705.00||$38,900|
|2.0-litre TDI 150 PS||6-speed DSG||5-door||62.8||119||£24,120.00||$41,300|
The Volkswagen Golf is now seven generations deep, a testament to its stature and continued impressionable characteristics.
There’s a reason why the Volkswagen Golf is treated with such high reverence in the auto industry. It looks good and performs true to its purpose as a sports hatchback. But more importantly, it is considered as the godfather of the hot hatch, a distinction it earned for ushering in an era of affordable little sports cars that created an entirely new market segment.
The Volkswagen Golf is now seven generations deep, a testament to its stature and continued impressionable characteristics. The Golf MK VII was introduced in 2012 with plenty of new features, including new variants like the Golf GTE, the e-Golf, and the Golf TGI.
But at its heart, the Golf still considers the Golf R as its top-of-the-line model. This bad boy is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 290 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to cover 0 to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds to go with a top speed of 153 mph.
Gallery Volkswagen Golf Match
Volkswagen is ensuring that the award-winning Golf hatchback remains a hot seller with the introduction of the new Golf Match, which comes out of the box with even more specification than the SE model it replaces at no extra cost. That means that customers get behind the wheel of the Golf Match 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS BlueMotion Technology six-speed manual three-door model from just £19,680 (OTR RRP).
The Golf SE was already one of the most comprehensively well-specified vehicles in its class, and the new Match adds even more features that customers are sure to value, including front and rear parking sensors, front fog lights and a mirror pack, which consists of automatically-folding door mirrors with puddle lights and reverse-activated dipping on the nearside. New 16-inch ‘Dover’ alloys distinguish the Match.
All Golf models come with seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag; ABS with ESC, XDS electronic differential lock; an automatic post-collision braking system and Isofix preparation for two rear child seats. The entry-level Composition Media system includes a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen, DAB digital radio, a CD player, MDI interface with 30-pin and Lightning connectors, Bluetooth telephone preparation and audio streaming and eight speakers. Also standard is air conditioning, a Stop/Start system along with battery regeneration, and a host of other features.
Moving from S to Match trim brings an outstanding range of features, including standard ACC Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, a Driver Alert System, PreCrash preventive occupant protection, Driver Profile Selection, automatic wipers, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror and dusk sensor (automatic driving lights); and of course the aforementioned alloy wheels, parking sensors, front fog lights and mirror pack.
The GT model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, lowered sports suspension, ‘Cherry Red’ rear light clusters and heat-insulating dark-tinted rear glass. Inside are gloss black dash and door inserts, Alcantara and cloth sports seats, LED reading lights, ambient lighting and the Discover Navigation media and navigation system with 5.8-inch colour touchscreen.
Options include high beam assist, park assist, DCC dynamic chassis control, a rear-view camera, Discover Pro navigation system with eight-inch colour touchscreen, keyless entry and a panoramic sunroof.
The Golf Match is available with a 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS engine with either six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearboxes returning 54.3 to 56.5 mpg combined; a 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS engine with five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox returning 72.4 to 74.3 mpg; and a 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS with six-speed manual or six-speed DSG gearbox returning 62.8 to 68.9 mpg.
The Golf Match is available to order now, with the first deliveries expected in September. For pricing see overleaf, and for more information on the Golf Match and the rest of the award-winning Volkswagen range visit www.volkswagen.co.uk.