New Volkswagen Golf launches in SA

2017-06-01 06:01

THE updated Volkswagen Golf is being launched in South Africa with a revised engine line up, more technology, new infotainment, improved connectivity and revised styling with the retail price starting at R289 900.

The new Golf now offers even more value, style and desirability into what is aptly referred to by many as the “Golf class”, building on the appeal of the Golf Mk VII. The latest updated Golf continues to offer customers a car that sets benchmarks in comfort, practicality, safety and efficiency.

Emerging from Volkswagen factories around the globe for 43 years and now at an average rate of one every 40 seconds, the brand’s family favourite remains a popular choice in South Africa. With global sales now well in excess of 33 million (nearly 350 750 sold in South Africa) since its launch more than four decades ago, the updated version of the seventh generation Golf is once again redefining its market segment by bringing ‘big car’ technology to the compact family car class.

Democratising quality and value is a longstanding Volkswagen tenet and it is enthusiastically employed in the updated Golf. Now standard across the range are LED rear lights, for instance, while all derivatives across model line-up are also now offered with a new generation of larger and more sophisticated touchscreen infotainment systems. The new Golf sparkles with technical innovations. For the first time in the compact class the new Discover Pro radio-navigation system can be operated via gesture control. Sporting a 9.2-inch touch screen, the optional system complements the Active Info Display.

As before, the new car sits on the now familiar MQB, or Modularer Querbaukasten (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform, which means it benefits from the latest available technology and shares elements of its underpinnings with other successful new models such as the award winning Passat and latest Tiguan.

Indeed, the new Golf creates a new benchmark for assistance systems in the compact class, employing technologies that will significantly improve safety. These include the Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert as well as Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and Atonomous Emergency Braking System.

Optionally available across the range, and ordered in conjunction with the swivelling towbar, Trailer Assist including Park Assist neatly demonstrates the new Golf’s practical yet technically advanced nature.

The system helps reverse a trailer or caravan with a weight of up to 1,800 kg into a parking bay or entrance from the street. To operate, the Golf driver simply engages reverse gear and activates the system via a push button.

The driving angle and subsequent possible driving angles are displayed on the instrument cluster. All the driver then has to do is operate the accelerator pedal and brake, while the system automatically controls the direction of the car, using Park Assist to move the trailer backwards into the required position. The 999cc engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and has claimed combined fuel consumption of 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen has strengthened the appeal of the iconic Golf GTI; it now develops 169kW an increase of 7kW from its predecessor as was found in the GTI Performance. All Golfs at launch also feature BlueMotion Technologies such as a stop-start system and a mode for storing braking energy (regenerative braking).

Design modifications include new bumpers front and rear, new halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights or full LED headlights – standard on GTI and optional in other derivatves – instead of xenon headlights; new front wings; and, as mentioned, new full LED rear lights as standard for all Golf versions.

New wheel designs and body colours complete the exterior update, while fresh trim panels and materials also upgrade the interior of the Golf.

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