The Volkswagen Golf 7 is an important car from the German auto giant as a result of the fact that this car will have a very long shelf life, apparently being replaced only in 2019. This long model life is also a reason for its neat but conservative styling. From the surface it would appear that Volkswagen has simply refined what it already had and is offering more of the same. But the fact is that as you start digging deeper, one will find that the car is quite a radical departure from its predecessors and surprisingly high tech.
Volkswagen Golf’s consistency in design has seen even fourth-generation cars maintain impressive resale values. When it comes to the looks the car looks squatter than its predecessor as a result of being 56 mm longer, 28 mm lower and 13 mm wider. Prior to the launch of this new Volkswagen Golf 7 much talk was done about the new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture used in it. The main purpose of this architecture was to make parts commonality in the wider VW group,that will also support a wide range of future models. However the MQB has also resulted in making the new Golf’s front axle being moved forward by 43 mm which, combined with a 59 mm longer wheelbase, contributes to the Golf 7’s more dynamic looks. This has made the car visually proportional to other premium cars like the Audi A3 and the BMW 1 series.
Unlike the previous generation VW Golf the side feature line in the new one doesn’t run through the rear wing into the rear lamp cluster. This gives the new VW Golf 7 a signature C-pillar that runs down in one continuous surface into the wheel arch that gives the car a real visual strength and class.
The new Volkswagen Golf 7 brings in it unseen levels of cabin refinement. As one gets inside the car he/she won’t find any line out of place. Nothing inside will look obtrusively bright or showy. Having used the South African born Oona Scheeper’s keen eye for details, the materials inside are also really superb. With a raft of technologies that was previously used only in the luxury cars, the new Golf continues its task of demonstrating big car technology. The standard infotainment display is a black and white five inch screen, but VW offers a range of more high-tech and glamorous options which includes a 5.8 inch composition media player that features a colour touch screen, adaptive cruise control, built in WiFi, city emergency braking, fatigue detection, lane assist and park assist.
The car gets new engines which are developed to improve the efficiency. As of now the proposed engines are the EA211 and the other being the same but with Automatic Cylinder Deactivation (ACT) system which shuts down cylinders two & three when not required. The first engine gives a maximum power of 103 kW and a max torque of 250 Nm which when coupled with the existing DSG transmission system consumes fuel at the rate of 5.0 litres for every 100 Km. The second engine gives the same performance but gives a bit higher mileage using only 4.7 liters for every 100 Km. Volkswagen claims that the car can hit from 0-100 km/hr in just 8.4 seconds.
The new Volkswagen Golf 7 is expected to hit the markets worldwide only in the year 2014. With the pricing expected to be same as the outgoing models, the new Golf will simply continue the success story for this marque. This model will be hard to beat with the complete package that it provides which includes a superb refinement, a spacious high quality cabin, loads of tech features and much improved efficiency.