The new Volkswagen Golf is offering drivers a raft of new engines, features and technologies in a package that costs around £650 less on average than the model it is replacing.
The revamp also sees better connectivity and the exterior styling has also been tweaked.
It is available to order now and prices for the car start at £17,625 for the entry-level model which is the Volkswagen Golf S 1.0 TSI 85 PS with three doors. The most expensive model is the Volkswagen Golf R Estate which will cost from £34,985.
New Volkswagen Golf
The German carmaker says the changes will help its new Volkswagen Golf continue being one of the favourite hatchbacks with UK buyers for some years yet.
Indeed, the firm has sold more than 33 million units since it was launched in 1974 with more than two million heading to the UK.
The latest revamp is an update for the seventh-generation VW Golf with the aim of bringing big car technology to impress drivers in the compact family car segment.
Technical innovations for the Volkswagen Golf
The new Golf also has a 9.2-inch touchscreen that’s new to the car and will be fitted as standard to all models and comes complete with a range of apps and online services for drivers to enjoy.
There’s also city emergency braking which features pedestrian monitoring and a new traffic jam assist system. There’s also a new system for the segment called emergency assist which will detect if the driver is incapacitated and will try various measures to rouse them – and if the system fails to do so, it will carry out an emergency stop.
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Among the new engines is a turbocharged 1.5 litre petrol unit which has four cylinders and produces 150 PS and has the firm’s active cylinder management system so it will close the cylinders it does not need to save fuel.
The entry-level 1.0 litre TSI unit producing 85 PS is a turbocharged direct injection unit that should return 59 mpg. For fans of the iconic Volkswagen Golf GTI the engine now develops 230 PS and when coupled with the new seven-speed dual clutch gearbox will offer startling levels of performance.
The Golf remains an extremely popular car for the firm, around one in three new Volkswagens sold here last year was a VW Golf when the car found 73,000 new owners so expect to see lots of this new version.