Volkswagen’s new Golf MK VII stirs up some emotions. Again.

Now that the dust has settled I can finally sit back and appreciate the new Golf Mk VII.

In the last few months I have changed, I’ve decided to absorb news rather than comment on it straight away, usually my initial reaction is something I should retain inside my own head or it ends up being something I either have to apologise for, or explain my reasoning which can be harder in hindsight.

So with that in mind I sat back, read the comments, and digested the Golf’s new look. There were a lot of comments, most describing how bad it looked and the usual statements that it’ll never be as good as the previous versions.

The Golf has been with us 36 years and everytime it changes it stirs up similar reactions, I first witnessed this in 1984 when I saw the MKII Golf, a neighbour of ours bought a new 1.3 C and neither he nor anyone else on our road had anything good to say about it.

Even today you’ll still hear people compare any new hatchback to the MKI Golf, it’s like Neil Armstrong going to the Moon, he could never top that; and it’s the same for Volkswagen, they’ve already made the perfect hatch; decades ago, and some people will never accept replacements.

One of my favourite things about each Golf is its consistent look and design, I’d be willing to bet that if any of the models had been released without badges, you would still know it’s a Golf, that’s a hard thing to do over and over again. And it’s no different for the MK VII, even though it’s noticeably longer, 56 mm, 13 mm wider and 28 mm lower it still looks very much like a Golf.

The design is focused on being roomier, lighter and more economical. For starters it’s up to 100 kg lighter than it’s predecessor and promises to be up 23 % more efficient.

“The new Golf is also safer than ever, thanks not just to a stronger body structure (which is also 23 kg lighter) but also to a raft of standard and optional passive and active safety systems”

Engines

  • Petrol 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS, 4.9 l/100 km (around 57.6 mpg and 113 g/km)
  • Petrol 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS, Active Cylinder Technology, 4.8 l/100 km (58.9 mpg and 112 g/km)
  • Diesel 1.6-litre 105 PS, 3.8 l/100 km (74.3 mpg and 99 g/km)
  • Diesel 2.0-litre 150 PS, 4.1 l/100 km (68.9 mpg and 106 g/km)

All will have Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems.

Launch

The new Golf will be shown at the Paris Motor Show and should be available this December for sales in January 2013. More information will be released closer to that time.