Volkswagen Golf 2013 in South Africa

Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 4, 2013
Categories: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Golf


Volkswagen presented the seventh generation Golf to the public for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012. Nearly five months later, Volkswagen is launching the „best Golf ever‟ in South Africa.


The weight of the new Golf has been reduced by up to 100 kg, which has resulted in improved fuel economy by almost 23 per cent depending on the engine.

In addition, the seventh generation Golf will feature a new range of standard and optional assistance systems in its class.

Affordable – The new Golf can do everything better and the base model 1.2 TSI 77kW with BlueMotion Technology consumes only 4.9 l/100 km - CO2 of 114 g/km.

New engines – New petrol and diesel engines have been added into the new Golf model line-up. The 1.2 TSI with 77 kW is the new entry engine and it replaces the 1.6 MPI 75 kW. The 1.4 TSI with 103 kW and 2.0 TDI with 110 kW engines replace 1.4 TSI with 118 kW and 2.0 TDI with 103 kW respectively. Both engines combine dynamic sporty driving experience and frugal fuel consumption. The combined fuel consumption of the 1.4 TSI engine is: 5.3 l/100 km (equating to 121 g/km CO2) whilst the 2.0 TDI has a combined fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100km (equating to 119 g/km CO2 ).

Volkswagen Golf South Africa

Progressive – first Volkswagen with multi-collision brake

Safety and comfort at a new level. The quest to reduce every last gram of weight should not hinder advances being achieved in other areas. Volkswagen is demonstrating that the new Golf stands for the democratisation of advanced technology and for perfection in every detail. With added space (extra legroom in the back and 30 litres more boot capacity); new pioneering safety systems such as the multi-collision brake system, XDS electronic differential lock, electronic parking hand brake, a completely redesigned world of information and entertainment systems with standard touchscreen in all models and with a display that reacts to hand movements via a proximity sensor in Highline models.

Confident – one of the best-known designs is further enhanced

Unmistakable product features. The new Golf joins its six predecessors that have written a story of success not only in technical and economic achievement, but also in industrial design. The Golf‟s exterior form is today one of the most recognisable product designs in the world.

Walter de Silva, Head of Design, Volkswagen AG: “One of the keys to the Golf‟s success lies in its continuity. There are but a handful of cars in the world with a design like the Golf‟s. It has been refined, tweaked and enhanced down the decades and has thereby become timeless.”

Klaus Bischoff, Head Designer, Volkswagen Brand: “The Golf‟s unmistakable product features include the typical C-pillars, the long roofline and typical window line as well as the characteristic front and rear sections with their horizontal elements. These details make the new Golf more independent, sophisticated and durable than the majority of other compact cars. You could also say that the Golf‟s design is inherently stable.”

Premium proportions. “The language of form,” says Bischoff, “is logical, solid, product-focused, pure and precise and reflects the brand‟s design DNA as a perfect model of creativity. The base architecture of the new Golf is therefore unmistakable. It feels uncomplicated, strong, reliable and safe. Starting with the pure element of this clear base architecture, details such as the economical use and placement of sculptural lines are more like fine nuances. Also extremely important is the fact that the proportions of the Golf Mk7 have changed significantly, making the car look more confident than ever.”

Marc Lichte, lead exterior designer, explains: “The proportions have changed significantly because we have taken advantage of the Modular Transverse Matrix here. The front wheels, for example, were moved 43 millimetres further forward. This makes the front overhang shorter, and at the same time the bonnet looks longer.”

Klaus Bischoff confirms this: “Visually, the passenger compartment has been shifted towards the rear, creating what is called a „cab backward‟ impression. That‟s what we call the proportions of premium-class vehicles, where the bonnet is long and the passenger compartment a long way towards the back. On the new Golf, we thus have proportions that you otherwise only get in higher-class segments of the market.” Quick facts of the new Golf Assistance and vehicle dynamics systems (standard and optional): Electronic Stability Control (ESC including anti-lock brake system, brake assistant, traction control, XDS electronic differential lock, engine drag torque control, counter steering support and trailer stabilization); Light Assist main beam control; cruise control system including speed limiter; multi-collision brake; ParkPilot; Park Assist park steering assistant; tyre pressure monitoring indicator; Rear Assist. Transmissions: 5-speed manual (2.0 TDI with 81 kW), 6-speed manual (1.2 TSI with 77 kW, 1.4 TSI with 90 kW and 1.4 TSI with 103 kW); 6-speed DSG (2.0 TDI with 110 kW) and 7-speed DSG (1.4 TSI with 90 kW). Cargo capacity: 380 litres to 1,270 litres Colours: Base: Urano Grey, Pure White, Tornado Red. Metallic: Night Blue, Pacific Blue, Sunset Red, Reflex Silver and Tungsten Silver. Pearl effect: Deep Black Design: Walter de Silva (Group), Klaus Bischoff (Brand). Dimensions: 4,255 mm long, 1,799 mm wide (without door mirrors), 2,027 mm wide (with door mirrors), 1,452 mm tall, 2,637 mm wheelbase. Drive: Front-wheel drive.

Engines – diesel: 2.0 TDI with 81 kW and 2.0 TDI with 110 kW. Engines – petrol: 1.2 TSI with 77 kW, 1.4 TSI with 90 kW and 1.4 TSI with 103 kW. Equipment lines: Trendline, Comfortline, Highline. Fuel tank: 50 litres Infotainment: “Composition Colour” CD/radio (5-inch touchscreen) – standard in Trendline and Comfortline models, “Composition Media” CD/Radio (5.8-inch touchscreen) – standard in Highline models, “Discover Pro” radio-navigation system (8-inch touchscreen) - optional. Production site: Wolfsburg plant and Mosel plant (Zwickau). Sales: Over 29 million worldwide and 323 100 in South Africa. Model introductions in South Africa: Mk 1 – 1978; Mk 2 – 1984; Mk 3 – 1992; Mk 4 – 1999; Mk 5 – 2004; Mk 6 – 2009. Running gear: MacPherson-type front suspension; modular lightweight rear suspension (1.2 TSI with 77 kW and 2.0 TDI with 81 kW) and modular performance rear suspension - multi-link rear axle (1.4 TSI with 90kW, 1.4 TSI with 103 kW and 2.0 TDI with 110 kW). Wheels: 15-inch „Lyon‟ alloy wheels on Trendline; 16-inch „Toronto‟ alloy wheels on Comfortline and 17-inch „Dijon‟ alloy wheels on Highline

Volkswagen Golf

BODY STYLING Golf is one of the world’s most recognisable product designs Seventh stage of Golf evolution clearly shows added dynamism and precision Golf reflects par excellence the principles of Volkswagen design DNA There is but a handful of cars with a design like the Golf‟s. It has been constantly refined, tweaked and enhanced down the decades and has thus become timeless. In this process, Volkswagen designers repeatedly gave a new edge to the Golf‟s product features. These include the typical C-pillars, the long roofline and the characteristic front and rear sections. These details also make the new Golf more independent, sophisticated and timeless than any other compact car. The design of the new Golf In developing the new Golf, the teams led by head designers Walter de Silva (Group) and Klaus Bischoff (Brand) based their work on a great deal of creative freedom that allows many different approaches for a new design, while also focusing on the principles of the Volkswagen design DNA. A look at this DNA reveals the key to the new Golf‟s design. Development of the DNA. Over recent years, the Volkswagen designers have crystallised a selection of core elements from the brand‟s history, which they term its „historic DNA‟. All current Volkswagen designs correspond to this DNA which presents a modern, progressive impression that feels familiar. The Design DNA in the new Golf includes elements such as the reduced form of the radiator grille crossbeam, the look of the side windows as well as the roofline from Golf Mk1 and C-pillars and wheel arches of the fourth generation Golf.

This DNA creates a unique, unmistakable language of product features and design. The language of product features leaves a familiar feeling, and yet it creates a new sensation in the eyes of the observer. The features are visual characteristics such as functionality, robustness, honesty and reliability. These characteristics are generated by a language of form perfected over many years. It creates the typical Volkswagen product design that today enjoys success around the globe. Premium proportions.

“This language of form,” explains Bischoff, “is logical, solid, product-focused, pure and precise, and it reflects the brand‟s design DNA as a perfect model of creativity. This makes the base architecture of the new Golf unmistakable. It comes over as simple, strong, understandable, reliable and safe. When one begins with the pure element of this clear base architecture, details such as the economical use and placement of sculptural lines seem more like fine nuances. Another extremely important point is that the Golf‟s proportions have completely changed with the seventh generation, making the car look more confident than ever before.” Marc Lichte, lead exterior designer, explains: “The proportions have changed, as we have taken advantage of the Modular Transverse Matrix here.

The front wheels, for example, have moved 43 millimetres further forward. The front overhang is therefore shorter, while the bonnet looks longer.” Klaus Bischoff confirms this: “Visually, the passenger compartment has been shifted towards the rear, creating what is called a „cab backward‟ impression. That‟s what we call the proportions of premium-class vehicles, where the bonnet is long and the passenger compartment a long way towards the back. On the new Golf, we thus have proportions that you otherwise only get in higher-class segments of the market.”

Side profile has powerful lines. Marc Lichte: “We sought to emphasise these modified proportions with design elements. Below the door handles, we have integrated the now clearly visible and very sharp character line. While this line is interrupted by the wheel arches, it however continues around the car. It is stylistically reflected in the chrome bars of the radiator grille and headlights and at the back in the white lateral bars of the rear light clusters. Set deep down all the way around, this line lowers the visual centre of gravity and gives the car a more solid stance on the road. Another striking element is the new line along the side shoulder directly below the windows. This line begins at the front in the headlight, and then glides under the wing mirror, which is positioned

right on the line, all the way through to the rear side window, underscoring the premium proportions of the new Golf.” The wheel arches are particularly prominent as well, and along with the wider track, longer wheelbase and tyre dimensions of up to 17 inches, they make the Golf appear more powerful. “Two other features,” explains Klaus Bischoff, “are characteristic of the new Golf silhouette: the C-pillar and the roofline. On the previous Golf, the character line cut through the C-pillar.

This is no longer the case on the new Golf. The C-pillar runs along one homogenous surface from the start of the roof all the way to the rear wheel arch. Above the wheel arch, however, it picks up more strongly the entire width of the car – and as a result, when viewed from behind or diagonally from the rear, the new Golf looks more solid and powerful. Viewed from the side, the precision of the C-pillar design catches the eye. It resembles the drawn string of a bow, giving the Golf a look of acceleration even while it is standing still. At the same time, it pays homage to the Golf Mk2 and Mk4 – both design icons.” On the right-hand side of the vehicle, even the shape of the fuel cap is integrated into this arrow element.

Head Designer Klaus Bischoff continues: “The contour of the roofline has also been completely redesigned. Above the side windows, the Golf now displays another line, which runs from the roof-edge spoiler right through to the A-pillars. It is one of those character features that give the Golf a particularly sophisticated look from the side as well – a line that at first glance may remain unnoticed, yet is a further detail en route to visual precision.” Front section. The Volkswagen design DNA manifests itself in a „face‟ that has appealing features. In addition, in the same way as on the first Golf, it defines horizontally balanced elements that create a certain width.

Together they produce a front section that is recognisable as a Volkswagen. Each Volkswagen class has its own character attributes in this respect. In the Golf class these include, for example, the slightly upward sweeping headlights and a defined maximum height for the radiator grille. Compared to its predecessor, the new Golf displays completely restructured modulation of its surfaces. While on the Golf Mk6 the wings were higher than the bonnet – effectively framing it – this is now the other way round. On the sides, the crease lines form the wings‟ lowest points, before the latter transition vertically into the wheel arches.

The top border of the wings is formed by a line, as if cut by a knife, which begins at the A-pillars. All of the lines together form a V-shaped bonnet. Beneath the bonnet come the redesigned headlights and the comparatively narrow band of the radiator grille. At the bottom, the radiator grille is bordered – to the left and right of the chrome VW badge – by a chrome bar, which in the case of fitting with an optional Bi-Xenon headlights is continued in the headlight housing.

Particularly striking are the LED daytime running lights of the xenon headlights. Meanwhile the bottom air inlet, in conjunction with the body-coloured area beneath the headlights, supports the strong horizontal layout of the front section design. The air inlet is now framed by a body-coloured area that even with the car‟s very confident look gives it the typical Volkswagen smile. Another core design element is the bend at the outer ends of the bumper, which produces – especially in a top view – an alternation of shapes. Rear section. Typical Golf elements at the rear include the clear geometry of the rear lights, the rear window stretching all the way to the C-pillars and the large uniform surface around the Volkswagen badge. Iconic: even without the badge or model name the seventh generation of this best-seller is instantly recognisable as a Golf. And yet every line is new.

New VW Golf

That applies both to the rear light clusters that end narrower on the inside and parallel to the C-pillar on the outside (with striking L-shaped light contours) and to the tailgate, which reaches much lower down and offers the lowest boot sill height in its class (665 mm). A horizontal light-refracting edge near the bottom of the tailgate, which continues on the bumper, and the boot sill running parallel below this emphasise the sportily full width of the new Golf. These elements also correspond to the lines of the now much more pronounced bumper that is visually “pulled out” towards the rear. The bumper itself is fully painted right down to the bottom, with only the centrally integrated diffuser, which also incorporates the exhaust pipe, kept black.

BODY ENGINEERING Up to 100 kg less weight noticeably reduces fuel consumption Progressive design lessens the body shell by 23 kg Innovative manufacturing methods reduce weight and enhance safety

Saving up to 100 kg in weight is a complex task, especially in the compact class. The fact is that not every carmaker is pursuing the route of lightweight design – searching for every last gram – as methodically or thoroughly as Volkswagen. The reason is clear: intensive research and development work costs money. And yet, the base price of the seventh generation Golf, which has not gone up by a single cent despite its higher specification, is a reflection of the innovative power of this brand. Overall vehicle – how savings add up to 100 kg If you partition the Golf up into the primary areas of electrical, engines, running gear and superstructure, an analysis yields - depending on model, specification and type of engine - the following split for the weight reduction: Up to -6.0 kg - Electrical Up to -40.0 kg - Engines Up to -26.0 kg - Running gear Up to -37.0 kg - Superstructure

In purely mathematical terms the total potential saving is thus even as much as 109 kilograms. Due, however, to the configuration options that can be implemented in practice, the maximum achieved in any one vehicle is 100 kg. The greatest weight reduction is achieved from the engines and superstructure. It is particularly interesting to look into the details of the superstructure (car body and interior) and the 37 kilograms saved here, as it shows how lightweight design that is compatible with large-scale production can be achieved.

Superstructure – how savings add up to 37 kg -0.4 kg - Dashboard -1.4 kg - Module cross-member (beneath dashboard) -2.7 kg - Air conditioning -7.0 kg - Front and rear seats (depending on version) -23.0 kg - Body -2.5 kg - Miscellaneous.

Dashboard. 0.4 kg does not sound like much. But this is where perfection in the details comes into play. If 0.4 kg is overlooked, then ultimately a 100 kg will never be attained. Volkswagen not only succeeded in making the dashboard 20 per cent lighter thanks to a new thermoplastic foam injection process – the load-bearing, sandwich-like structure beneath the elegant surface consists of this material – but also in making it 20 per cent more rigid at the same time.

Module cross-member. The 1.4 kg saved here also contributes towards overcoming the upward weight spiral. Mounted on the module cross-member are both the steering gear and the dashboard. Altogether the cross-member weighs 5.8 kg. The reduction in weight was achieved with a lightweight design approach utilising steel components. Based on an analysis by Finite Element Method (FEM) computations, the structure of the module cross-member was designed to be as light as possible and as strong as necessary. Optimal steel wall thicknesses and structural design measures, such as specially worked-in corrugations, improved the rigidity of the cross-member, while also reducing its weight by the noted 1.4 kg. Utilising methods such as the Finite Element Method, engineers at Volkswagen are essentially emulating examples found in nature, where the natural world is able to attain an astonishing ratio between the cross-section of a part‟s structure and its rigidity – for example in a stalk of grass or grain. That is the right way to go.

Air conditioning. The Golf‟s entire air conditioning system has been redesigned and, as noted, is 2.7 kg lighter. Independent of its weight, all of the Golf air conditioning units with their highly efficient refrigerant cycles set standards in terms of comfort and efficiency. That is because they run very quietly (up to 5 dB(A) lower), they reach the desired temperature significantly faster and are very energy-efficient (up to 4 Amperes less) due to a new type of blower control with intelligent climate control. The 2.7 kg weight reduction is achieved by such design modifications as optimised wall thicknesses of various system components, reduced diameters of pressure lines, a new fastening system and a weight-optimised high-performance heat exchanger

Seating system. Along with numerous minor modifications to the seats, weight was reduced in other areas  especially in the rear backrests  to save a total of up to 7 kg. Once again, the Finite Element Method (FEM) and high-strength steels combined with laser welding made it possible to optimise wall thicknesses and profile geometries. Engineers achieved weight savings of over 15 per cent in this way and by using lighter backrest latch mechanisms.

Body. The body must be strong to guarantee optimal safety and maximum comfort. Nonetheless, its structure should remain athletically lean, so that the overall vehicle is light and efficient. Strong yet lightweight – harmonising these two parameters continues to be one of the greatest challenges in the automotive world, especially when a car – like the Golf – needs to be an affordable car for millions of people. Highly expensive materials like aluminium, magnesium or even carbon-fibre are therefore excluded in this segment – at least when they are used in grand style. That is why Volkswagen relies on the synergies of the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB), innovative utilisation of high-strength steels and advanced production methods. The success of this approach is demonstrated by realisation of a 23 kg reduction in weight in the car body structure - without additional costs  while satisfying more stringent crash and rigidity requirements and implementing larger vehicle dimensions.

Body-in-white – how savings add up to 23 kg 12 kg – Use of high-strength and advanced high-strength steel grades and reduction of sheet metal thickness 4 kg – Only using materials where they are needed 7 kg – Optimising profile and surface geometries.

High-strength and advanced high-strength steel grades. The share of high-strength steels has grown from 66 per cent to 80 per cent compared to the Golf Mk6. The decisive advantage lies in the fact that Volkswagen has built up extensive know-how in the development and production of ultra-high-strength, hot-formed parts since the Golf Mk6 and has invested in manufacturing facilities – more than any other carmaker in the world. The share of these parts that are up to six times as strong as conventional steel parts has grown from six per cent in the Golf Mk6 to 28 per cent in the new Golf. Moreover, new advanced high-strength steels are available on the market today that did not exist when the previous model was being developed. These represent another nine per cent in the new Golf. The advantage of these extremely strong steels: the finished parts made of them can be designed to be considerably thinner than before and still handle the stresses of a crash. Nearly the entire safety architecture of the new Golf consists of these steels, which effectively form the vehicle‟s backbone. And yet hot-forming also saves a total of 12 kg in weight.

Only using material where it is needed. The second lightweight design strategy – to only use material where it is needed – is an obvious one. Yet, it has been perfected in the new Golf. This effort even goes so far as to precisely vary the sheet metal thicknesses within a part; this is done at the rolling mill of the steel supplier, which delivers a tailor rolled blank (a rolled blank with variable thickness) to the hot-forming facility. One advantage compared to conventional tailored blanks is that eleven zones can be produced within a cross-member, each with optimal sheet thickness. The transitions between the different sheet thicknesses are uniform here and do not exhibit any abrupt changes in strength. The savings for just these parts is 4 kg.

Optimising geometries. Geometries of the load-bearing structure and surface parts have been optimised for many years. Continually improved virtual methods in the development process can be used to utilise existing installation spaces even more effectively. Take the example of the longitudinal frame member. Optimal utilisation of the mounting space between the engine and the front of the chassis enabled a 25 per cent increase in profile cross-section, which in turn enabled the use of thinner stock. Nonetheless, the entire front structure of the new

Golf can absorb more energy in a frontal crash – thanks to geometry that is optimised by FEM. In the case of surface parts such as the bulkhead and the floor, computer optimised, acoustically effective corrugation patterns were introduced that also make the sheet metal more rigid and in turn lead to a reduction in sound insulating measures. Just these mentioned examples result in a weight reduction of seven kg.

New production methods. Welding processes and innovative tools also make a decisive contribution towards attaining high quality in body manufacturing. They are used to join and assemble all components – including the hot-formed steels and tailor rolled blanks. Some of them are making their debut in the new Golf. They include the laser clamp welder. This tool enables what is referred to as wobble welds, which are able to produce the joint between parts on a short flange. The „wobble‟ describes the sinusoidal path of the laser weld seam.

Hot forming. Hot-formed parts have an extremely high tensile yield strength of 1,000 MPa (Megapascal), which is over six times the strength of conventional deep-drawn steels and up to four times the strength of conventional high-strength steels. In the hot-forming process, a red-hot blank, heated to approximately 950 degrees Celsius, is inserted in the forming tool, formed in a work process and then quickly cooled in the tool. Excellent material properties are realised here.

Quieter and more comfortable

Acoustics perfected. In professional circles, the sixth generation Golf was already considered the quietest car in the compact class. Volkswagen set out to solidify this position with the new Golf. Therefore, innovative simulation tools were employed in the development of the seventh generation Golf. These tools were used to precisely evaluate conceptual and component layouts with regard to their comfort and acoustics early on. This type of evaluation analyses parameters such as vibrations and sound pressure, which are perceived directly by the driver and passengers in the car. As a result, it was possible to transfer the high level of acoustic comfort of the previous model to the new Golf, despite substantial weight savings.

Example of running gear: The screw fastening concept for the front suspension was simplified, while the joining points were optimised for the modular performance suspension that is used for all cars with engine power from 90 kW. This makes it possible to attain the greatest effect for acoustic ride comfort compared to the usual stiffening measures that are taken. The structure in the vicinity of the chassis leg connection to the occupant cell and the entire area around the strut towers were designed to minimise acoustic noise transmission to the interior. Specifically, engineers achieved a 5 dB reduction in ride noise compared to the previous model here.

Along with minimising the noise caused by unevenness of the road surface and running gear compensation for this, the development group also focused on eliminating engine noises as much as possible. In particular, the transmission of engine noise was reduced to an excellent low level in the conceptual design of the front subframe, as well as the zones around the strut towers, windscreen and firewall.

Engine mounts. A considerable share of optimal ride and vibration comfort is based on the method used for engine mounting. The mount elements were completely redesigned, while retaining the pivot bearing concept. Despite reductions in component weights, performance of the engine mounting system was improved. Along with reducing the amount of structure-borne noise (from the engine), important improvements were made in vibration damping; they were achieved by optimising the geometries of the engine and gearbox bearings. The new engine mount system for the Golf results in smaller movements of the engine assembly; and that is precisely what optimises ride comfort.

Quieter engines. As already noted, the new Golf is also launching with a new lineup of petrol and diesel engines. In these engines, acoustic needs were already addressed in the early development phase. Consider the TDI: by considering requirements early in its development, specific engine-related acoustic measures were implemented in the package to reduce the air-borne noise emissions directly at the source. This also included measures for optimal acoustic integration of the oxidation catalytic converter, the charge air tube, oil sump and dampers on the crankcase on the firewall side. In addition, encapsulating the engine compartment in a sound-absorbent material ensures conditions remain quiet both inside and around the Golf.

Wind, environmental and background noise. Thanks to the good aerodynamics of the new Golf, wind noises are effectively reduced; meanwhile, environmental noises are absorbed for the most part by the elaborately sealed body. However, comprehensive noise insulation of the engine and chassis involved the risk that background sounds – for example from the blower, actuator motors, toothed belts or the turbocharger – might be perceived, while they were masked by engine noise in the previous model. This problem was solved as well: intensive detailed work reduced or eliminated background noises right at their sources. This largely avoided the need for additional, secondary acoustic measures in these areas.

Acoustic windscreen. Just as in the sixth generation Golf, an acoustically effective damping film is used in the windscreen of the new Volkswagen as well. This film especially reduces noise or sound waves in the frequency range from 2.5 to 3.5 kHz. In addition, the use of absorbers in the front doors and innovative design of the door seals has achieved a further reduction in the amount of environmental noise that finds its way into the interior. The complete package of all acoustic measures has made the new Golf one of the quietest cars in its class.

INTERIOR – STYLING AND CONCEPT New Golf offers noticeably more space and comfort Innovative design increases boot space to 380 litres Redesigned seats with ergonomics premium class At 4,255 mm the new Golf is 56 mm longer than the previous model, while the wheelbase has also been increased by 59 mm to a new 2,637 mm. The front wheels have been moved 43 mm further forward. The interplay of the new dimensions creates sportier proportions, an improved crash structure and optimised interior space. The body has been lowered in height by 28 mm (1,452 mm) – but headroom in the interior is still very good. On the exterior, aerodynamics have also benefited from the reduced height. The vehicle‟s frontal area has been made 0.03 m2 smaller and its aerodynamic drag has been reduced by almost 10 per cent. At 1,799 mm the new Golf has been designed to be 13 mm wider. In parallel, the track widths have been increased by 8 mm in front and 6 mm at the rear. These additional millimetres give the new Golf a fuller stance on the road. Space concept – more space over its length The slight increases in length and width, as well as the increased wheelbase and optimised track widths, have a perceptible effect on space in the interior, which is now 14 mm longer (1,750 mm). Passengers in the rear seating area, in particular, can now enjoy 15 mm more knee room. Shoulder room has grown by 31 mm to 1,420 mm. Elbow room is increased by 22 mm to 1,469 mm. In the rear seating area, shoulder room was also improved by an additional 30 mm and elbow width by 20 mm. The rear seats have 60:40 split and can be folded down. When folded, a nearly level cargo floor is created with a length of 1,558 mm; the maximum cargo space length with the front passenger backrest folded is 2,412 mm. The successfully implemented space concept of the new Golf exhibits many other improvements as well. Cargo capacity, for example, has grown by 30 litres to 380 litres. Perfection in the details: the load sill to the bootspace is now just 665 mm (-17 mm) high – the best value in the segment. The maximum bootspace width has grown by 228 mm to 1,272 mm. Volkswagen has also increased the width of the bootspace opening by 47 mm to 1,023 mm. Styling and controls – sophisticated, intuitive Significantly more room and even better ergonomics define the driver‟s area. Taller drivers in particular will welcome the seat position that has been shifted back by 20 mm.

The steering wheel‟s adjustment range has also been modified. Pedal distances have been optimised as well thanks to the Modular Transverse Matrix; the space between the brake and accelerator pedals, for example, has increased by 16 mm. Another ergonomic improvement: compared to the previous model, Volkswagen has raised the position of the gearbox controls by 20 mm; the gear shift grip now rests better in the driver‟s hand. Tomasz Bachorski, Head of Interior Design: “Every interior element has been redeveloped and redesigned. One noticeable feature here is the wide centre console that is oriented towards the driver, which is more typical of the premium class than the compact class.

Never before have the traditionally high levels of objectivity and functionality in the Golf been implemented with such elegance and sophistication.” In the middle of the centre console, beneath the switch for the hazard warning lights, is the five- to eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with its menu keys and dials. All information and entertainment systems have been completely redeveloped and restyled. For the first time, Volkswagen is introducing a generation of touchscreens with a proximity sensor and a function that reacts to wiping movements by the fingers (wipe and zoom movements as used on smart phones) – standard in Highline; the graphic design of the interface also corresponds to the new age of intuitive operation. Located beneath the infotainment module are the well laid-out controls for climate control. This is followed by the lower section of the centre console that runs in a line up to the large centre armrest. The consistent design

conveys a sense of sophistication of a premium class model. To the left of the driver are the buttons for the new electronic parking brake and its Auto Hold function. Integrated in front of it is a storage compartment in which the multimedia interfaces have been integrated. The compartment is also big enough to hold a smart phone. There is a large storage compartment located under the centre armrest that can be adjusted by up to 100 mm in length and five stages in height.

Tomasz Bachorski says: “Visually distinctive in the interior – along with the centre console is the dashboard body, the upper section of the dashboard that is upholstered with a plastic material that is visually elegant and pleasing to the touch. It is subdivided by a seam that runs across the entire interior width towards the windscreen. Each of the outer areas of the dashboard body fuses homogeneously with the window sill on each side.”

The inlays in the door panels have illuminated trim as part of the ambient lighting fitted as standard in the Highline. The switches for the electric windows are ergonomically easy to access in the armrests; located in front of the door handle on the driver‟s side is the control for electric mirror adjustment. The door trim panels themselves display the motif of two intersecting curved lines, which logically divide the door trim‟s functional areas: armrest, door handle, storage bin and loudspeaker. Elements of the ambient lighting provide for optimal illumination and an elegant atmosphere at night.

Seat comfort – ergonomics from the premium class The seats of the new Golf are pioneering in their comfort. All five seating positions have been redesigned, front and rear. The seats exhibit excellent core properties: well-contoured body lines, optimal support for dynamic driving, and a high level of comfort on long trips. These characteristics were achieved by designing the foam contours to properly fit body shapes and by the optimised springing and damping properties of the cold foam cushioning sections. The Comfortline and Highline derivatives are equipped with manually adjustable two-way lumbar support on the driver and front passenger seats.

INFOTAINMENT SYSTEMS First Volkswagen with touchscreen with proximity sensor Display automatically switches to operating mode as hand approaches New generation of CD/Radio systems with three display sizes (5, 5.8, 8-inch) Volkswagen has equipped the Golf with a new generation of radio and radio-navigation systems with completely new designs. All systems have a touchscreen as standard. The new device generation is available three different display sizes: 5-inch, 5.8-inch and 8-inch. For the first time, Volkswagen is implementing displays that have proximity sensors (5.8-inch and 8-inch display).

As soon as the driver or front passenger moves a finger near to the touchscreen, the system automatically switches from display mode to input mode. The display mode shows a screen that is reduced to just the essentials. In the operating mode, on the other hand, the elements that can be activated by touch are specially highlighted to simplify intuitive operation.

The displays also have a function that lets users scroll through music lists in the media library with a wipe of the hand. In designing the new generation of devices, Volkswagen‟s primary goal was to integrate the most advanced infotainment applications into the Golf, which should be consistently easy to use – despite all of the complexity of today‟s systems – i.e. they should be totally intuitive and therefore safe to use while driving. Radio systems – proximity sensor starting with 5.8-inch model ‘Composition Colour radio (5-inch).

This CD/Radio system is a standard feature in Trendline and Comfortline derivatives. It has three buttons to the left and three to the right of the touchscreen that are used to activate the „Radio‟, „Media‟, „Car‟, „Setup‟, „Sound‟ and „Mute‟ menus/functions. It also offers a SD card slot, aux-in interface and two push dials for on/off, volume, mute). This standard module also includes an FM/AM radio, 8- speakers, an interface for SD cards and an aux-in. ‘Composition Media’ radio (5.8-inch). Equipped to offer even more extensive features is the Composition Media radio which is standard in Highline derivatives. Its capacitive colour display is 5.8 inches in size, and it is coupled with a proximity sensor that is integrated across the area beneath the display. The display also responds to wiping and zooming gestures, as used on smart phones.

There are now also four buttons to the left and four to the right of the touchscreen; in contrast to the 5-inch systems they also enable access – depending on vehicle features – to the „Phone‟ and „Voice‟ (voice control) menu levels. The Composition Media radio is equipped with these features in addition to those of the Composition Colour radio, Bluetooth telephone preparation and USB interface. The USB and aux-in interfaces are integrated in a separate compartment on the centre console in front of the gear shifter; this compartment also offers storage space for a smart phone. Radio-navigation system ‘Discover Pro’ radio-navigation system (8-inch). The optional radio-navigation system with a large 8-inch capacitive touchscreen is known as the Discover Pro. It feature a DVD drive, extended premium voice control, 3D navigation and a 64-GB Flash memory. Integration of the Compact Disc Database from Gracenote also enables state-of-the-art playback and management of media.

STANDARD AND OPTIONAL FEATURES Same base price, but more comprehensive set of features Multi-collision brake, touchscreen Radio/CD, XDS electronic differential lock as standard features Golf Highline fitted with Alcantara sports seats

The new Golf has been enhanced in all areas compared to the previous model. The enhancements can be attributed to amongst other factors, the synergies produced by the Modular Transverse Matrix. In spite of the enhancements, the launch price of the base model of the new Golf (1.2 TSI 77 kW Trendline) remains unchanged at R233 800. The price is cheaper to Golf Mk 6 entry-level model delivering 75 kW (Golf 1.6 MPI) at R240 600. If you include in the price comparison the new Golf‟s additional standard equipment (features like the 5-inch touchscreen, multi-collision braking, XDS and Stop/Start system), the price advantage in favour of the new model works out much greater.

Golf Trendline All seventh generation Golf derivatives are fitted with seven airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Compared to the previous model, the added standard features on the Golf Trendline include items such as the touchscreen module with 5-inch TFT display, the luggage compartment cover (stowable), ECO-HMI (fuel economy related graphics and information on the multifunction dashboard display), multi-collision braking system, electronic parking brake with Auto-Hold function, the XDS transverse differential lock, tyre pressure indicator, battery regeneration mode and Stop/Start system.

Other standard features include, daytime running lights, Climatic air conditioning (manual), electrically adjustable wing mirrors, outside temperature indicator, front electric windows, rear window wiper with intermittent setting, electromechanical power-steering, safety-optimised head restraints, steering wheel and gear lever knob in leather, multifunction steering wheel, lockeable glovebox, chrome rings around the inside air vents, centre console with storage compartment, asymmetrically split fold-down rear seatback, steering column with height and length adjustment, height-adjustable front seats, dust and pollen filter, central locking with remote control, height adjustment and belt-tensioning system for the seat belts in the front, disk brakes on all wheels, 15-inch Lyon alloy wheels with 195/65 tyres, rear diffuser, green-tinted heat-insulating windows. Golf Comfortline

In addition to Trendline standard features, Comfortline is equipped with a high-quality instrument cluster, drawers under the front seats, „Zoom‟ comfort fabric seats with manually adjustable lumbar support in the front, rear bench seat with central armrest and opening for loading long items, cruise control, chrome-look rotary light switch and wing mirror adjuster, storage pockets on the backs of the front seats, an additional 12-V socket in the boot, illuminated vanity mirror, automatic headlight activation and 16-inch Toronto alloy wheels with 205/55 tyres. Golf Highline New features of the new Golf top derivative when compared to the similar version of the Golf Mk6 are the ambient lighting and a chrome surround for the Volkswagen logo in the radiator grille. Standard features in addition to those of the Golf Comfortline include „Global‟ sports seats in front (Alcantara centre panel and fabric inner side supports), chrome accents for the electric window switches, LED reading lights in the front and rear, 5.8-inch Touchscreen Radio/CD „Composition Media‟ with 8-speakers as well MP3 compatibility Bluetooth, SD card, heated windscreen washer jets and heated front seats, dark red rear lights, „Dijon‟ 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/45 including cornering lights with chrome trim. Optional features The new Golf can be customised with variety of functional and convenient optional features.

The optional features available in the new Golf are: panoramic tilt/slide sunroof, manually foldable towbar, Bi-Xenon headlights, Climatronic air conditioner (automatic), high beam light assist, Park Distance Control (PDC), Park Assist, Rear Assist with rear view camera, „Discovery Pro‟ navigation system, and Vienna leather seats. Colours: The new Golf can be ordered in nine colours. They are: Base - Urano Grey, Pure White, Tornado Red. Metallic - Night Blue, Pacific Blue, Sunset Red, Reflex Silver and Tungsten Silver. Pearl effect - Deep Black .

INNOVATIONS – HIGH-TECH FEATURES New Golf is first Volkswagen with multi-collision brake system Standard multi-collision brake system reduces severity of secondary collisions Electronic parking handbrake and XDS electronic differential lock available as standard features The new Golf comes standard with a number of new technologies, some of which are available for the first time in a compact car class. New systems – optimised safety and convenience New assistance systems include the multi-collision brake – the Volkswagen Group is the only carmaker in the world to implement such a system as standard in a compact car, XDS transverse electronic differential lock (as found in the previous generation Golf GTI) and the latest generation of optional Park Assist park steering assistant (including warning for obstacles in the vehicle‟s surroundings with 360-degree display) as well as the automated light functions Light Assist.

There are other new technologies as well, such as an electronic parking handbrake, a guard against using the wrong fuel in the diesels and a new generation of information and entertainment systems. Assistance systems Multi-collision brake system. An innovative new feature in the new Golf is the multi-collision brake system. Studies in accident research have found that approximately one-fourth of all traffic accidents involving personal injury are multiple-collision accidents. This means that there is a usually a second impact after the initial collision.

The multi-collision brake system automatically brakes the vehicle when it is involved in an accident in order to significantly reduce its residual kinetic energy. The triggering of the multi-collision brake system is based on detection of a primary collision by the airbag sensors. Vehicle braking by means of the multi-collision brake system is limited by the ESC control unit to a maximum deceleration rate. This ensures that the driver can take over handling of the car even in case of automatic braking.

The driver can „override‟ the multi-collision brake system at any time; for example, if the system recognises that the driver is accelerating, it gets disabled. The automatic system is also deactivated if the driver initiates hard braking at an even higher rate of deceleration. Essentially, the multi-collision brake system applies the brakes until a vehicle speed of 10 km/h is reached. This residual vehicle speed can be used to steer to a safe location after the braking process. Convenience systems XDS. The XDS electronic differential lock is the standard feature in the new Golf. The feature was only available in the previous generation Golf GTI. XDS electronic differential lock improves both traction and handling.

Technically, XDS is a functional extension of the EDS electronic differential lock that was integrated in the ESP system. In fast cornering, as soon as the electronics detects slip at the wheel of the driven front axle located at the inside of the bend, the ESP hydraulics build up pressure specifically at this wheel to restore optimal traction. As a differential lock, XDS compensates for the understeer in quick cornering that is typical of front-wheel drive vehicles.

This makes handling more precise and neutral. Electronic parking brake. The electronic parking handbrake is a standard feature in Volkswagen premium models such Touareg, Volkswagen CC and Tiguan. The handbrake has made its way to the new Golf. Instead of a handbrake lever, a control switch plus an Auto Hold switch are located on the centre console. The electronic parking brake offers numerous advantages such as freeing up more space on the centre console. The brake is automatically released when driving off, making hill starts easier. In addition, the Auto Hold function prevents unintentional rolling from a standstill position.

Cruise control system with speed limiter. The cruise control system with speed limiter is standard in Comfortline and Highline derivatives. The control buttons, located on the left hand side of the redesigned multi-function steering wheel, are uncluttered and intuitive to use. The cruise control system with speed limiter restricts the speed value at which the vehicle can travel. The set speed value can be overridden by kick down function. Light Assist - high beam control. The optional Light Assist analyses traffic ahead and oncoming traffic via a camera in the interior rearview mirror windscreen and automatically controls activation and deactivation of the main beam (from a speed of 60 km/h). Park Assist.

The latest version of the parking assistance system now facilitates not only assisted parking parallel to the carriageway, but also reverse parking at right angles to the road. In addition, the optional Park Assist 2.0 is also equipped with a braking and parking space exit function. The system can be activated at speeds of up to 40 km/h by pressing a button on the centre console. Using the indicators, the driver selects the side on which the car is to be parked. If, using the ultrasound sensors, Park Assist detects a large enough parking space (a maneuvering distance of 40 cm, front and rear, is sufficient), the assisted parking can begin: having put the vehicle into reverse, all the driver has to do is operate the accelerator and brake. The car takes care of the steering. Acoustic signals and visual information on the multifunction display assist the driver.

If a collision is looming, the system can also actively apply the vehicle‟s brakes. New generation of air conditioners. Volkswagen has developed an entirely new air conditioner for the seventh generation Golf. The primary objective was to reduce noise and weight while increasing efficiency. In addition, the new system has been designed to be more compact in its construction. Studies in the area of fluid dynamic simulation were used to modify the cross sections of internal air conditioner components to reduce net pressure losses.

This progress also led to a noise level reduction of up to 5 dB(A) and to a significantly reduced need for electrical blower power – and thereby a gain in efficiency. The use of a pulse-width modulated blower reduced current consumption by 4 Amperes on average. A distinct improvement in acoustics was also achieved through specific fluid dynamic studies of the recirculation air flaps. Partially reduced wall thicknesses of the polypropylene housing, a new fastening concept without complicated brackets and the use of higher performance and weight-optimised heat exchangers led to significantly lower weight of the new air conditioner. The system package was improved by such measures as a new filter layout above the blower in the air intake channel. This makes the system 140 mm narrower. It also enabled a uniform layout of electrical system components between left-hand drive and right-hand drive vehicles, and it created more space in the foot area.

A high-performance heat exchanger as well as reduction of heat losses in the refrigerant cycle, demand-based use of electrical auxiliary heating and an innovative thermal management system has also improved heating performance. When compared to the previous model, the interior of the new Golf heats to a pleasantly warm temperature 30 percent faster. The refrigerant cycle was completely redesigned for maximum efficiency gain, weight reduction and manufacturing optimisation. The refrigerant cycle consists of a highly efficient compressor and condenser as well as an internal heat exchanger. Design of the refrigerant lines was also perfected; one effect was a considerable weight savings.

Last but not least, along with improvements to the system design, another benefit of the efficient refrigerant cycle is that it cools the interior significantly faster. More intelligent climate control. The new optional Climatronic air conditioner system regulates the interior temperature fully automatically via 2-zone temperature control (separate for driver and front passenger). The intensity of the climate control can be influenced by selecting a profile („Gentle‟, „Moderate‟, „Intensive‟). The fully automatic control unit operates with various sensors – a sun sensor, air quality sensor and new humidity sensor.

The sun sensor detects the intensity and direction of solar radiation, and the system is controlled accordingly. When information from the air quality sensor indicates that the concentration of nitrogen oxides or carbon monoxide in the outside air has exceeded a defined limit, then the recirculation flap of the Climatronic system closes. The addition of a humidity sensor offers the great advantage that for the first time it is also possible to control the heating function with recirculation mode. This results in significantly quicker heating of the interior without fogging of the windows.

The humidity sensor is also used to run the air conditioning compressor at a lower power level, as needed, thereby significantly reducing energy consumption in the hot season of the year. Here, the Climatronic automatically deactivates the compressor as soon as it is not needed to reach the desired temperature, or if there is no risk of window fogging and a preset limit for humidity is not exceeded in the interior. For the first time, air conditioning components that are relevant to fuel economy are then only activated as needed and controlled to optimise energy consumption in all operating modes.

The interplay of all components of the new air conditioning system leads to considerable fuel savings compared to the previous model. Panoramic tilt/slide sunroof. The optional panoramic tilt/slide sunroof is introduced for the first time in the new Golf. It has a transparent system which utilises a maximum roof area, offers optimal ventilation and opening functions, does not impair the torsional rigidity of the car and has the visual effect of lengthening the windscreen. What is referred to as the light transparency area – the incident light in the closed state – was enlarged by 33 per cent compared to a normal tilt/slide sunroof. Incidentally, the tinted, heat-insulating glass reflects away 99 per cent of UV radiation, 92 per cent of incident heat radiation and 90 per cent of incident light.

POWERTRAIN STRUCTURE – ENGINES AND GEARBOXES Completely new Golf engines with up to 23 per cent better fuel economy All engines expect one equipped with BlueMotion Technology 2.0 TDI 81 kW consumes an average of 4.5 litres of diesel per 100km Volkswagen has developed a new range of petrol and diesel engines for the seventh generation Golf. All engines except the 2.0 TDI with 81 kW are equipped with BlueMotion Technology which has Stop/Start system and a battery regeneration mode. Petrol engines. The TSI four-cylinder petrol engines are part of the EA211 engine series.

The three engines are the1.2 TSI with 77 kW, 1.4 TSI with 90 kW and the new range topper, 1.4 TSI with 103 kW. Diesel engines. The new two diesel engines are from the EA 288 series. They are: 2.0 TDI with 81 kW and 2.0 TDI with 110 kW. Petrol engines 1.2 TSI with 77 kW. The base engine is the1.2 TSI with 77 kW which replaces the 1.6 MPI 75 kW engine. It has a combined fuel consumption value of 4.9 l/100 km (equivalent to 114 g/km CO2 ). This represents a savings of 2.2 l/100 km compared to the previous model. Its maximum power is available over engine speed of 5,600 rpm. It reaches its maximum torque of 175 Nm between 1,550 and 4,100 rpm. The 1.2 TSI engine has a top speed of 192 km/h and it accelerates to 100 km/h in 10.2 seconds. It is mated to 6-speed manual gearbox. 1.4 TSI with 90 kW. At the next power level, is the 1.4 TSI with 90 kW (5,000 rpm).

With an impressive maximum torque of 200Nm (available from 1,400rpm), this turbocharged engine can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 9.3 seconds. It has a top speed of 203 km/h. The Golf 1.4 TSI with 90 kW consumes just over 5.2 l/100 km (equivalent to 120 g/km CO2), which is 1.0 l/100 km less than in the previous model. A 7-speed DSG is available as an option here; it reduces fuel consumption by an additional 0.2 litre to 5.0 l/100 km (116 g/km CO2). 1.4 TSI with 103 kW. The 1.4 TSI with 103 kW engine replaces the 1.4 TSI with 118 kW engine from the sixth generation Golf. This agile four-cylinder twin charged engine develops its maximum power between 4,500 and 6,000 rpm. It has a combined fuel consumption of 5.3 l/100 km (121 g/km CO2).

The new Golf with the 103 kW engine has a top speed of 212 km/h. The TSI offers a maximum torque of 250 Nm in the lower engine speed range from 1,500 rpm to 3,500 rpm and accelerates to 100 km/h in just 8.4 seconds. Diesel engines 2.0 TDI with 81 kW. The 2.0 TDI with 81 kW engine achieves a combined fuel consumption of 4.5l/100 km (equivalent to 119 g/km CO2). Its maximum torque of 250 Nm is available from 1,500 to 2,500 rpm. It has a top speed of 189 km/h and can accelerate to 100 km/h in 11.3 seconds. The Golf with 81 kW engine is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox. 2.0 TDI with 110 kW. The 2.0 TDI with 110 kW has combined fuel consumption of just 4.5 l/100 km (119 g/km CO2). It develops its maximum power between 3,500 and 4,000 rpm; from a low 1,750 rpm the TDI makes its maximum torque of 320 Nm available (up to 3,000 rpm). The Golf 2.0 TDI has a top speed of 212 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds. This engine is available with a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

RUNNING GEAR – SUSPENSIONS Golf offered with modular lightweight suspension for first time New lightweight rear suspension for the derivative less than 90 kW Comfort and agility of the Golf further improved The running gear in the Golf is the benchmark in the compact class. Based on the new Modular Transverse Matrix, specific proven components were advanced to perfect ride and comfort properties.

At the same time, weight was lowered in many areas of the running gear – and this adds advantages in terms of fuel economy and ride comfort. To fully exploit the greatest possible weight reduction, a new rear suspension was developed for the engine versions with less than 90 kW: the modular lightweight design suspension. It weighs just 38 kg. For the more powerful engines, the further developed modular performance suspension was used (weight: 49 kg). In front, Volkswagen has also integrated a MacPherson suspension in the new Golf as well. MacPherson-type front suspension As mentioned, a MacPherson front suspension (spring struts) with a newly developed low wishbone as well as its track-stabilising scrub radius provides for optimal handling and steering properties in the Golf as well as balanced vibration behaviour. All components were reworked for improved functionality, weight and costs. The result, despite not using aluminium components, was a weight savings of 1.6 kg.

This was made possible, for example, by the use of high-strength steel in the transverse links and an innovative bionic design approach to the pivot bearings. A subframe is centrally positioned on the front axle; its frame - designed for maximum transverse rigidity - handles loads from the engine mounts and steering as well as loads of the front suspension components. The now universally employed tubular anti-roll bar has a spring rate that has been adapted to the requirements of different running gear layouts.

The rubber bearings are vulcanised directly onto the painted anti-roll tube; this assures optimal acoustic properties. For the combination with the 16-inch and 17-inch brakes, a new aluminium pivot bearing was also developed. The use of aluminium and the bionic design of this pivot bearing enabled a weight reduction of 2.8 kg. Modular lightweight suspension The new modular lightweight suspension consists of a transverse profile that is open at the bottom, into which an insert plate is welded at the outer ends. Different torsion rates for different versions are attained by different lengths of the insert plates.

This yields a considerable weight advantage compared to a welded-in tubular anti-roll bar. The use of a transverse profile that is open at the bottom in the layout also enables optimal roll-steer behaviour and high transverse rigidity. By using high-strength steels and innovative design methods, Volkswagen succeeded in significantly increasing rigidities compared to previous suspensions of this construction type. Despite this, its weight was reduced. Compared to the modular performance suspension of the Golf derivatives with more engine power, a weight savings of 11 kg is achieved here. The modular lightweight suspension is an optimal match for the smaller engines; in combination with the McPherson front suspension it delivers excellent comfort and handling properties.

Modular performance suspension The rear suspension of the seventh generation Golf was further developed from the perspectives of improved kinematics, acoustics, weight situation and modularity. However, nothing has changed with regard to its fundamental approach of consistently separating longitudinal and transverse rigidities. The low longitudinal rigidity has been preserved by the soft axle control of the trailing link; this was a necessary precondition for further improving ride comfort. Furthermore, Volkswagen successfully improved the transverse rigidity of the modular performance suspension, which is important for steering behaviour, by a new tie rod bearing tuning. Tracking and camber values are individually tuned by excentric screws on the spring link and at the upper transverse link according to requirement for each vehicle type. Key design changes to the rear suspension are the connections of the tubular anti-roll bar and the suspension damper, which are now made at the spring link. This reduces forces within the suspension. In addition, the suspension was made 4.0 kg or 8 per cent lighter in weight by structural optimisations of many components and the use of high-strength steels.

Retail Prices South Africa Golf (VAT and Emissions Tax included)

  • 1.2 TSI with BlueMotion Technology Trendline (77 kW) 6-speed Manual R233 800
  • 1.4 TSI with BlueMotion Technology Trendline (90 kW) 6-speed Manual R246 700
  • 1.4 TSI with BlueMotion Technology Comfortline (90 kW) 6-speed Manual R264 900
  • 1.4 TSI with BlueMotion Technology Comfortline (90 kW) 7-speed DSG R279 400
  • 2.0 TDI Comfortline (81kW) Manual 5-speed R282 300
  • 1.4 TSI with BlueMotion Technology Highline (103 kW) 6-speed Manual R293 600
  • 2.0 TDI with BlueMotion Technology Highline (110 kW) 6-speed DSG R334 800

The new Golf model range comes standard with a 5 year/90 000km Service Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty. Service Interval is 15 000km.