The Volkswagen Golf is an iconic shape from Germany that began with the original Rabbit. This vehicle started the hot hatch craze and provided the tuner car market with a boost. Just like its high performance cousin - distant cousin - the 911, the practical Volkswagen continues to become larger, heavier, and more sophisticated. The previous generation MkVI Golf arrived in the U.S. as a 2010 model, but the sleeker five door hatchback ended up being short lived.

The new Golf VII will be longer and wider than the previous model, while its exterior design will be more aggressive and sporty. It was set up to offer more interior room for passengers, new production techniques that make it 220 lbs lighter, and technology that makes it 23% more fuel efficient. The new Golf is also safer than ever thanks to its stronger body structure and impressive list of passive and active safety systems.

The new Golf is built on the MQB platform, or Modular Transverse Matrix, which makes it about 56 mm longer than its predecessor. At launch, the model will be offered with a choice of four engines: two petrol - a 85 HP 1.2-litre TSI and a 140 HP 1.4-litre TSI - and two diesel - a 105 HP 1.6-litre unit and a 150 HP 2.0-litre unit.

In Germany, the seventh generation Golf has been priced at 16,975 Euros (about $21,400 at the current exchange rates). It will be offered in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trim levels, which can all be viewed and modified on the Volkswagen Golf’s online configurator. Golf lovers on our side of the pond will have to wait because, if the German automotive conglomerate continues to do business as usual, we won’t see the new Golf until the European market has had their fun. This means that the new Golf may not arrive in the U.S. until as late as 2014, giving the new 2010 Golf VI a few years to shine in the spotlight of Volkswagen of America’s sales sheets.

UPDATE 10/10/2012: The new generation Golf has already received a number of updates, but now Volkswagen has announced the addition of three new engines: a 1.2-liter TSI BlueMotion with 105 HP, 1.4-liter TSI BlueMotion with 120 HP, and a 1.4 liter TSi BlueMotion with 138 HP. The previous 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter TDI units can now be combined with the 4Motion all-wheel drive system. The last addition is a new Tech Pack that includes active cruise control, bi-xenon headlights, dynamic main beam control, traffic sign detection, and an anti-theft warning system.

Hit the jump to read more about the new generation Volkswagen Golf.

Exterior and Interior

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The new generation Golf measures 4,255 mm long, while the wheelbase comes in at 2,637 mm, 56 mm and 59 mm longer than its predecessor, respectively. The Golf is also 13 mm wider, at 1,799 mm, and 28 mm lower, at 1,452 mm. The front wheels are 43 mm further forward, helping to generate more interior space. Despite these increased dimensions, the car’s overall design has remained unchanged and has been described as a normal evolution of the company’s design DNA.

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The interior has also expanded a bit with rear passengers now enjoying 15 mm more in leg room and a larger (by about 30 liters) boot.

The center console is now angled more towards the driver, giving them easier, more ergonomic, and direct access to auxiliary controls, including the new generation of touchscreen infotainment systems that is available on the Golf. Customers will enjoy a 5.8-inch color display system, as well as the range-topping satellite navigation system with eight-inch color display.

Safety systems:

  • Multi-collision brake system
  • PreCrash system
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Front Assist
  • City Emergency Braking
  • Driver Alert System
  • Lane Assist system
  • Dynamic Light Assist system

Engine

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At launch, the new Golf will be offered with a choice of four engines: a 85 HP 1.2-liter TSI, a 140 HP 1.4-liter TSI, a 105 HP 1.6-liter diesel unit, and a 150 HP 2.0-liter diesel unit. The 1.4 Liter TSI engine is offered with Active Cylinder Technology, which can deactivate two of the cylinders and gets the fuel economy up to 58.9 mpg.

These engines are then combined with a DSG gearbox that now offers five driving modes: Eco, Sport, Normal, Individual, the new Comfort mode.

Prices

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The new generation Golf will go on sale in October. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Competition

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Compact hatchbacks are a dime a dozen, so the list of competitors for the new Volkswagen Golf is long. We’re choosing to focus only on the models that are relevant in the US market. On this side of the world, customers will be able to compare the Golf to the Subaru Impreza and the Dodge Caliber. The Impreza is offered with a 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder producing 148 HP and 146 lb-ft of torque. The Caliber is powered by a choice of two engines, a 158 HP 2.0-liter engine or a 172 HP 2.4 liter DOHC I-4 World Gas Engine.

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28 comments:

  (30) posted on 09.21.2012

Lot of new technology and also they have updated the interior which makes this car really great.

  (86) posted on 09.21.2012

I didn’t know that a car can have as many as features!.

  (702) posted on 09.19.2012

Because of the upgraded interior design, people started loving this another version of Golf.

  (44) posted on 09.19.2012

Wow. All I can say is Wow. I love everything in this Golf—more than the new Golf R.

  (34) posted on 09.19.2012

I really love the idea of having 4 choices of engines. People can now choice what kind of engine they want their car to have.

  (38) posted on 09.18.2012

I really want to know the major exterior updates of this car.

  (71) posted on 09.18.2012

This is another version of Golf that is really amazing. I give Volkswagen two thumbs up for doing great job in every version of Golf.

  (780) posted on 09.17.2012

Wow. This car has many Safety Systems which people would want in their car.

  (798) posted on 09.16.2012

Really cool car. Also this car will be very convenient. I really want to have this kind of car for some outing.

  (798) posted on 09.16.2012

This car has the sophisticated look. I really adore cars like this.

  (484) posted on 09.16.2012

Both Interior and Exterior are superb. For me, it has more on classy look than the modern look.

  (410) posted on 09.13.2012

It’s flushed with modernity and classic theme. It makes the cabin to be more stunning and very well updated.

  (287) posted on 09.12.2012

The interior is fascinating and flushed with elegant and updated features. It’s better than the former VW.

  (745) posted on 09.12.2012

It is expected to become bigger, heavier and more sophisticated look. I also love the striking wheels of this car.

  (384) posted on 09.11.2012

Body kit is cooler on this version. I love the accessories they have on this C-Class.

  (714) posted on 09.10.2012

Golf is built on MQB platform or Modular Transverse Matrix that makes it longer by about 56MM than its predecessor.

  (762) posted on 09.10.2012

They have been ruled out to give the right fuel economy for every cars that will be on the United States.

  (460) posted on 09.6.2012

The center console is noticeable angled towards the driver, giving easier, ergonomic, and direct access to controls, including touchscreen infotainment system.

  (417) posted on 09.6.2012

This continuously become larger, heavier, and more sophisticated than other Golf..

  (467) posted on 02.22.2012

Even if this model is on a camouflage, I still appreciated the designed concept. It continues to become larger, heavier and more sophisticated. I also love the tires of this car.

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