As a venerated nameplate in the Volkswagen range, the Golf has been around for seven generations and 43 years. Throughout its history, it’s become the brand’s best-selling vehicle (outselling even the Beetle) and has won numerous awards and accolades worldwide. The current generation is no different. It has won more than two dozen awards around the world including the World Car of the Year and the Japan Car of the Year (the first foreign nameplate to do so).
After laying down the foundation by introducing the high-performance Golf GTI last year, Volkswagen Philippines has followed through on its promise to bring more variants of the Mk. 7 Golf with the introduction of the Comfortline and Highline.
Volkswagen calls the Mk. 7 Golf a “democratization of progress” by bringing advanced design and cutting-edge technology to a mainstream hatchback. This starts with the MQB or Modular Transverse Matrix architecture—a new lightweight platform that’s up to 100 kilograms lighter than the outgoing model (the Mk.7 is actually as light as the 1997 Mk. 4 model). That’s followed by a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that’s high on power but low in fuel consumption and emissions. This TSI engine is rated at 150 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque. Mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic, it’s all enough to rocket this unassuming family hatchback from 0-100 km/h in just 8.2 seconds and to a top speed of 216 km/h. Finally, keeping all that power in check, the Golf comes standard with 225/45R17 wheels and tires. It also has corner-aiding technology such as XDS or VW’s front electronic differential locking system among a complete host of safety equipment.
Badged “Blue Motion”, both Golf variants receive a regenerative braking system with idle start/stop technology as standard.
With a slight increase in both length and width over the previous-generation model, the Mk. 7 Golf features a more spacious interior with improved knee and shoulder room. The cargo space is also generous: 380 liters with the rear seats up.
Eschewing gimmicky controls (a Golf trademark since the Mk. 1), the all-new Mk. 7 goes for clarity and precision to its ergonomics. The contemporary yet sporty design of the cabin features an extensive range of seating and steering wheel adjustment. Engineers even paid close attention to the pedals, increasing the gap by 16 millimeters while the gear lever is raised 20 millimeters all in the name of ergonomics.
In terms of features, front and rear parking sensors, and an electric parking brake are standard while the Highline gets leather seats, dual zone climate control with rear vents, a fancier 5.8-inch infotainment system with touchscreen controls and 8 speakers, and bi-xenon HID headlights with washers and daytime running lights in addition.
The new Golf variants are now available at all Volkswagen dealerships nationwide in five colors: Pure White, Pacific Blue (Comfortline only), Sunset Red Metallic, Limestone Gray, and Deep Black Pearl. The Golf 1.4 TSI Comfortline retails for P 1,590,000 while the Golf 1.4 TSI Highline goes for P 1,739,000.