New Volkswagen Golf launched in South Africa

2017-06-07 06:01
The new Volkswagen Golf boasts with a range of new features.           Photos:SUPPLIED

The new Volkswagen Golf boasts with a range of new features. Photos:SUPPLIED

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THE updated Volkswagen Golf has been recently been 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.

With global sales now well in excess of 33 million 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.

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 boasts some 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 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.

The new Golf employs 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 Autonomous Emergency Braking System.

Trailer Assist including Park Assist is optionally available across the range and ordered in conjunction with the swivelling towbar. The system helps reverse a trailer or caravan with a weight of up to 1 800kg 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 progressive digitisation of Golf is supported by the debut of the highly efficient 1.0 TSI engine with 81kW power output. 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.

Standard features

  • Trendline

The Trendline is offered with the following standard features:

Start/Stop Technology

ESP with Hill-hold assist

Electronic parking brake

Electronic adjustable heated side mirrors

Electronic windows

Manual air conditioner

Cloth seat covers “Basket” design

Fatigue detection

LED tail lights

6.5-inch Composition Colour Radio System
with Touchscreen, USB, Bluetooth Connectivity and 8-speakers

15-inch Lyon alloy wheels

Leather multifunction steering

LED daytime running lights

  • Comfortline

In addition to the Trendline standard features, Comfortline includes:

Drawer under front passenger seat

Front centre armrest

Lumbar support for front seats

Cloth seat covers in ‘Zoom’ design

Front fog lights

16-inch ‘Hita’ alloy wheels

Cruise control

Rain sensors

Auto-dimming rear-view mirror

Auto headlights with leaving/coming home function

  • GTI

The standard features on GTI include:

Sport suspension

Exhaust chrome twin tailpipes

Ambient lighting

Progressive steering

18-inch ‘Milton Keynes’ alloy wheels

Automatic air conditioner ‘Climatronic’

Heated front seats

Auto high-beam

LED headlights

Dynamic cornering lights

8-inch Composition Media Radio System with Touchscreen, USB, Bluetooth Connectivity and 8 speakers

App Connect

Voice Control

Optional features

The new Golf model range can be customised with a raft of convenience and comfort optional features.

The optional features that are on offer include swivelling towbar, panoramic sunroof, 8.0-inch Composition Media Radio/CD system, 9.2-inch Discover Pro Navigation System, Active Info Display, Rear Assist with rear view camera, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking System, Park Distance Control (front and rear), Park Assist, KESSY Keyless Entry and Start, Adaptive Chassis Control including driver selection (only available on GTI).

The Comfortline derivatives will be offered with an optional stylish R-Line exterior package which includes R-Line front bumper with C-signature air curtains in gloss black and air intake grille in unique honeycomb pattern.

Other features of the R-Line package are 17-inch Madrid alloy wheels, Rear bumper with diffuser and trapezoidal chrome trims and spoiler.

1.0 TSI 81kW Trendline Manual - R289 900

1.0 TSI 81kW Comfortline Manual - R304 200

1.4 TSI 92kW Comfortline DSG - R356 400

2.0 TSI 169kW GTI DSG - R545 800

The new Golf model range comes standard with a 5-year/90000km Service Plan, 3-year/120 000km warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. Service Interval is 15 000km.

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