The body has been
lowered by 28 mm and widened by 13 mm.
Sep. 2012, Elie
Aoun: One of the major stars of this year's Paris International Motor
de l'Automobile, public days from 29 September to
14 October), will certainly be the all-new, 7th
generation of the Volkswagen Golf, the brand's representative in
the compact car segment (also known as the C-segment
and lower medium category).
Based on the Modular Transverse
Matrix platform of the German group (with several other models in the group,
starting with the new Audi A3 and SEAT Leon),
the new Golf is expected in the European markets
first in November, in three model lines, the Trendline (base),
Comfortline and Highline (top
model), with two new generations of engines (from 63 kW,
85 PS, 84 bhp to 110 kW, 150 PS, 148 bhp), all equipped with a
standard stop/start system and battery regeneration.
The wheelbase grew by 59 mm,
to 2,637 mm.
Although it comes significantly lighter
than before, the new Golf gets larger
dimensions, new engines, driver
profile selection system and more advanced technologies
in safety (such as the standard multi-collision brakes,
PreCrash system, Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC) with Front Assist and
brake function), comfort and infotainment
terms (a touchscreen
as standard in all models, with a proximity sensor in
4,255 mm (167.5 inches), the new Golf is longer than its
predecessor by 56 mm (2.2 in.), which is practically the
addition brought to the wheelbase which grew by 59 mm
(2.3 in.) to 2,637 mm (103.8 in.).
capacity is 380 litres
(with 60:40 split
As the body has been
lowered by 28 mm (1.1 inch), to 1,452 mm (57.1 in.)
and widened by 13 mm (0.51 in.), to 1,799 mm (70.8
in.), the new Golf has also a wider, more sporty stance on the
road, with an increase of 8 mm (0.3 in.) to the front track
width and 6 mm (0.23 in.) at the rear. Aerodynamically,
the Golf BlueMotion version has a cd value of 0.27.
volume terms, the cargo capacity has
grown by 30 litres (1 cu-ft) to 380 litres (13.4
cu-ft). The variable cargo
floor can also be lowered by 100 mm (3.9 in.). The
height of the boot (trunk) sill is now at 665 mm 26.1 in.
(17 mm, 0.67 in. less than in the previous
generation). In the meantime, the maximum boot width
has grown by 228 mm (8.9 in.) to 1,272 mm (80 in.),
while the width of the boot space opening has also been
increased by 47 mm (1.85 in.)
to 1,023 mm (40.27 in.).
The 60:40 split
backrest is standard on all versions,
while the Golf Trendline and the mid-range
Comfortline can be
ordered with a front passenger backrest that folds
fully forward. On the Comfortline
and above, the Golf also has an opening in the middle
of the rear seat backrest for loading long items.
Standard stop/start system and battery
VW explains that if
the Golf were to be divided into primary areas
(depending on model, specification and type of
engine), weight reduction would be up to
6.0 kg (13.2 lb) in the electrical area, up to 40.0 kg
(88.1 lb) for the
engines, up to 26.0 kg (57.3 lb) for the running gear and up to
37.0 kg (81.5 lb) for the superstructure (car body and interior),
bringing the total potential saving to 109 kilograms
But due to the
different configuration options, the maximum achieved in any one vehicle
is 100 kg (220.4 lb).
savings for example came from the body (23.0 kg, 50.7
front and rear seats (7.0 kg, 15.4 lb, depending on version),
air conditioning (2.7 kg, 5.9 lb), dashboard
(0.4 kg, 0.88 lb), module cross-member (1.4 kg, 3.1 lb
beneath the dashboard) and other items (2.5 kg,
based on the
Modular Transverse Matrix, Volkswagen developed two new engine generations for the
Golf, both fitted with a standard Stop/Start system
(reducing fuel consumption by up to four per cent) and
brake energy recovery mode (cutting CO2 by around four
With all measures combined, VW claims that
it was possible
to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 23 per
cent (depending on versions and driving style /
conditions of course).
Standard equipment includes
the new Golf options is the driver profile selection
system to help achieve an efficient style of driving
with four driving modes (five when in combination with
the DCC adaptive chassis control): Eco, Sport, Normal, Individual and, in
combination with DCC, Comfort.
In the Eco driving
profile engine management, air conditioning and other
ancillary systems are controlled for an optimal
fuel consumption. On vehicles
with DSG, the Eco mode provides also a ‘coasting’
function. If the driver takes the foot off
the accelerator, the DSG
disengages and the engine idles.
petrol engines are all turbocharged with direct-injection
(TSI), four cylinders and sixteen valves. At launch, the new Golf
petrol models deliver 63 kW (85 PS, 84bhp) and 103 kW
German brand says that the base model (1.2 litre)
should give an average fuel
consumption of 4.9 l/100km (equivalent to 48 US mpg,
57.6 UK mpg, 20.4 km/litre and 113 g/km of CO2),
representing 0.6 litres less than the previous
1.4 TSI, 140 PS engine comes fitted with cylinder cut-off (ACT active
cylinder management). When the load on the engine is low or
moderate (between 1,400 and
4,000 rpm at a torque level of up to 85Nm), two
cylinders get shut down, reducing fuel
consumption in the EU driving cycle by 0.4 l/100km.
Average fuel consumption is
announced at 4.8 l/100km
(equivalent to 49 US mpg, 58.8 UK mpg, 20.8 km/litre
and 112 g/km of CO2).
The diesel injection
engines are also four-cylinder, four-valve versions and generally turbocharged,
with a maximal output (at launch) of 77
kW (105PS, 103 bhp) and 110 kW (150PS, 148bhp).
TDI base model promises an average fuel
consumption of 3.8 l/100km (equivalent to 61.9 US mpg,
74.3 UK mpg, 26.3 km/litre
and 99 g/km of CO2).
The 150 PS
TDI Golf gets an average fuel consumption of 4.1 l/100km
(equivalent to 57.4 US mpg, 68.8 UK mpg, 24.4 km/litre
and 106 g/km of CO2).
should come from the Golf BlueMotion version, consuming on average 3.2
litres/ 100 kilometres
(equivalent to 73.5 US mpg, 88.2 UK mpg, 31.25 km/litre
and 85 g/km of CO2).
7th gen. Golf brings with it new assistance systems
which include the standard multi-collision brake, a proactive occupant protection
system, XDS electronic differential lock (as
found in the previous-generation Golf GTI), ACC
adaptive cruise control plus Front Assist,
Emergency Braking function, fatigue
detection, lane Assist
and lane-keeping assistant,
traffic sign recognition
and the latest generation of the automatic parking
assistant ParkAssist including OPS (360 degree
display) as well as the automated light functions
Light Assist and Dynamic Light
new technologies include the progressive steering, an
parking brake, the newly developed ergonomic sport ergoActive
seat, a new climate comfort windscreen and a new
generation of information and entertainment
Braking system automatically brakes
the vehicle when it is involved in an accident to reduce
its residual kinetic
energy. Triggered by the airbag sensors, the
multi-collision braking system is limited by the ESC
(electronic stability control) unit to a maximum deceleration rate of 0.6 g.
This value is the same as the deceleration level
provided by Front Assist.
The driver can still control the car even when automatic
braking is triggered, or override the multi-collision braking
system at any time. Basically, the 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.
Occupant Protection (PreCrash)
system detects a
potential accident situation, the seatbelts of the driver and front
passenger are automatically pre-tensioned. Should the
situation be highly critical – such as severe oversteer or
understeer with ESC intervention – the side windows and sunroof are closed
(except for a small gap) to let
the head and side airbags provide their optimal
effectiveness with windows and sunroof almost fully
Cruise Control (ACC) uses a radar sensor integrated into the front
of the car. It maintains a preselected speed and a
defined distance and automatically brakes or
accelerates in flowing traffic. The driver can select one of the
driving programmes from the optional driver profile selector.
In the new
Golf, ACC operates between 30 and 160km/h (18.6 to 99 mph) with a manual gearbox and from 0 to 160km/h
with DSG (dual clutch gearbox). With the DSG gearbox, the
ACC intervenes to such extent that depending on the situation,
the car gets slowed to
a standstill and in Stop-and-Go mode, it also automatically
exploits data received from the ACC's
radar sensor integrated into the front of the car. But
even with ACC switched off, Front Assist helps
the driver in critical situations by preconditioning
the brake system and alerting the driver with visual and audible warnings.
If the driver fails to brake hard enough, the system
automatically generates sufficient braking force to
avoid a collision. If he / she does not react at all, Front Assist automatically slows the car
to minimise the impact. The system also provides a warning if the car is getting
too close to the vehicle in front.
The new City
Emergency Braking function is part of Front
scans via the same radar sensor the area in front of the car.
Over 29 million
Golf in 38 years
Thirty eight years ago, the
German "people's car"
went beyond its heavily rich historical background,
only to built an even richer, although certainly
lighter as well, new history.
new history started with the first generation VW Golf,
a radically attractive new proposal for those who
couldn't or wouldn't identify with the classical
there, the VW history accelerated its diversification
process in models, segments and brands. The
"people's car" appetite didn't stop there,
as not only it addressed every conceivable segment (or
the passenger car market, but also, every
socio-economical class, via brands – and prices of
course – running from Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche
and Bentley, to Audi, the Volkswagen brand itself,
SEAT, Skoda (plus a fifth of Suzuki).
matter how diversified the German Group became, the
Golf was and it still is one of its main pillars,
along with the D-segment (midsize, upper medium)
Passat (since 1973) and the B-segment Polo (model
names can be different in other countries and
continents), due to the volume importance of these
this underlines the importance of the all-new, 7th
generation VW Golf launched earlier this month in
Berlin. It comes on the heels of sales totalling 29.13
million of the six previous Golf generations, between
1974 and 2012.
For the record,
the production of the one-millionth Golf was celebrated
only two years after the 1st model's launch, in October 1976, the same year
first Golf GTI was launched.
I (1974-1983): 6.72 million units, including
all derivatives and the Jetta (at that time based on
the same body).
II (1983- 1991): 6.41 million units.
Golf III (1991- 1997): 4.96 million units
Golf IV (1997- 2003): 4.92 million units.
Golf V (2003- 2008): 3.27 million units.
Golf VI (2008- 2012): 2.85 million units.
If this list indicates a continuously
decreasing number of production volumes
between the previous Golf generations, it most
certainly indicates the growing number of choices
offered in this segment, not only by other European
and Asian brands, but even by the equivalent C-segment
models within the VW group itself (with the same
platform), from the Audi (A3),
SEAT (Toledo and Leon) and Skoda (Octavia) brands, not
to mention the various body styles and niches growing
from the same platform (compact crossovers, minivans,
From this angle, who can limit the Golf
platform sales to the actual VW Golf
It works at speeds below 30 km/h (18.6 mph). If the
car is in danger of collision with a vehicle driving
or parked up ahead and the driver fails to react, the
brake system gets preconditioned in the same way as
with Front Assist. If necessary, the City Emergency
Braking function then initiates full application of
the brakes to reduce the severity of the
impact. If the driver fails to press the
brake pedal sufficiently, the system will boost with
maximum braking power.
Detection System detects waning
driver concentration and warns the driver with an
acoustic signal lasting five seconds. A visual message
also appears on the instrument cluster recommending to
take a break. If the driver does not
take a break within the next 15 minutes, the warning
is repeated once. At the beginning of each trip, the
system analyses a range of factors, including the
driver’s characteristic steering behaviour.
The fatigue detection system continually
evaluates signals such as steering angle. If monitored
parameters indicate a deviation from the steering
behaviour recorded at the beginning of the trip, then
visual and acoustic warnings are produced.
case, whenever the system is activated
it recommends a driving break to the driver after 4
hours of continuous driving.
Assist is a camera-based
lane-keeping assistant which operates with adaptive lane
tracking and steering intervention. If desired, it can also maintain
continuous tracking support and correct the driver’s steering: as soon
as it becomes evident that the driver is leaving the
driving lane or is driving over the lane markings
without setting the direction indicator, the system
gently steers the other way.
to the constant gear ratio of a conventional steering
the optional Progressive Steering System operates with a
progressive gear ratio, reducing steering work in manoeuvring and
parking, while on country roads,
the driver gets better performance thanks to the more direct
explains that technically,
progressive steering differs from the basic steering
system by the rack and pinion’s variable tooth
spacing and a more powerful electric motor. Unlike with constant steering
ratios, which represent a
compromise between dynamic performance and comfort,
here the steering rack’s toothing is modified by the
steering stroke. As a result, the transition between
indirect steering behaviour in the mid-range
(straight-line driving) and direct steering behaviour
at larger steering wheel angles is designed to be
progressive, which enables more agile steering behaviour in dynamic
driving situations. Parking the car thus becomes more
comfortable, as the steering wheel needs to be turned less.
Instead of a handbrake lever, there is a main control
switch for the Electronic Parking Brake, plus an Auto Hold
on the centre console. Eliminating the conventional hand-brake frees up more
space on the centre console, and the brake is
automatically released when driving off, making hill
starts easier, as the Auto Hold
function prevents unintentional rolling from a
Light Assist option analyses the traffic ahead
as well as the oncoming
traffic. It automatically comes on at speeds of over 65 km/h
(40 mph) and
stays on. With the help of a camera on the windscreen,
the system masks the main beam
modules of the bi-xenon headlights with dynamic
cornering lights, only where they could potentially disturb other road users.
This function uses a pivoting
masking aperture between the reflector with the xenon
filament and the lens. Along with lateral swivelling
of the entire module and independent control of the
left and right headlights, this additional aperture
geometry can mask the light source to avoid dazzling
oncoming traffic or those driving ahead.
Assist is a different optional version of the
automatic main beam assistant which also analyses traffic ahead
as well as oncoming traffic –
also via a camera in the windscreen – and automatically
controls activation and deactivation of the main beam
(at 65 km/h and above).
works in combination with a satellite
navigation system. If the system recognises any speed limit or ‘No
overtaking’ signs (via a camera integrated in the
windscreen near to the rear-view mirror), up to three of these
signs will get
shown on the combined instrument panel in front of the
driver and on the navigation system’s display. This
will also include all additional information and the
signs will appear in a logical order: ones that always
apply (e.g. a ‘130’ km/h, 81 mph speed limit) and get shown in
first place, while signs that only apply at certain
times (e.g. ‘80 km/h, 50 mph when wet’) appear in second place.
If the rain sensor registers that it is starting to
rain, the traffic sign that now comes into force, i.e.
the ‘when wet’ sign, moves up into first place.
The latest version of the
Parking Assistance system facilitates
parking parallel to the carriageway as well as reverse
parking at right angles to the road.
VW Golf (MK7) versions
new Golf is launched this November in Germany and other
European countries, and in the following months in
other parts of the world.
will be available in three model lines, the Trendline (base), Comfortline and Highline (top
Germany, the new Golf 1.2 TSI Trendline (63 kW, 85 PS,
84bhp) costs €16,975, the
same price as the previous entry-level Golf 1.4
MPI (59 kW, 80 PS, 79 bhp).
The standard equipment list of the
basic versions includes seven airbags,
Electronic Stability Control (ESC), touchscreen module
with 5-inch TFT display, a fuel tank inlet with a
guard to prevent putting in the wrong fuel (for the
diesel versions), ECO-HMI (consumption-related graphics and
information on the multifunction dashboard display), multi-collision braking
system, the electronic
parking brake with Auto-Hold function, XDS
transverse differential lock, the Plus tyre pressure
indicator, brake energy recovery mode, Stop/Start
system, a variable floor in the boot, air
conditioning, lockable glove compartment, asymmetrically split, fold-down rear
seatback, electrically adjustable wing mirrors,
outside temperature indicator, electric windows,
electromechanical power-steering, steering column with
height and depth adjustment, central locking with
remote control and disk brakes on
all wheels (15-inch).
The mid-range Golf Comfortline
adds to its standard equipment the ParkPilot system front
drawers under the front seats, steering wheel and gear lever knob in
leather, the new Composition
Touch radio system including SD card interface and the
fatigue detection system, 16-inch alloy
wheels, Comfort seats, rear bench
seat with central armrest and opening for loading long
items, storage nets on the front seat backs
and a closable storage compartment in the roof and an
additional 12 V socket in the boot.
The Highline version
gets standard ambient lighting and chrome edging around the
Volkswagen logo in the radiator grille, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights including
cornering lights with chrome trim, dark red rear
lights, sports seats in the front (with a central
strip in Alcantara and fabric inner wings), chrome
trim for the electric window switches, LED reading
lights in the front and back,
multifunction steering wheel, heated windscreen washer
jets and front seats, plus xenon headlights including
2.0 version, Park
Assist is equipped with a braking and parking
space exit function. The system can be activated at
speeds of up to 40 km/h (25 mph) by pressing a button on the
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 manoeuvring distance of
40 cm / 15.7 in. front and back 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 handles the steering. Beeps and visual information on the
multifunction display assist the driver. If a
collision is looming, the system can also
apply the vehicle’s brakes.
new Golf receives a new generation of radio
and radio/navigation systems, all equipped with a
standard touchscreen. They are available in six
extension levels and three different display sizes:
5-inch, 5.8-inch and 8-inch.
the 5.8-inch display and above, proximity sensors allow the driver or front passenger
to move a finger
near the touchscreen to switch the system automatically
from display to input mode.
basic standard unit is a 5-inch black-and-white display (400 x 240
pixel resolution) which displays the trip computer information
(average fuel economy, etc.), clock time and date,
service menu (oil level, etc.), vehicle settings (e.g.
winter tyre warning), adjustment of instrument
lighting, language setting, climate control menu,
Eco-HMI displays (information on power consumers and
tips on an especially economical style of driving) and
– depending on vehicle features – steering wheel
heating, the visual display for the ParkPilot and
driving profile selection.
Touch radio (5-inch, level 2) comes as standard on the
above in countries such as Germany, and is otherwise
available as an option. Three buttons to the
left and right of the touchscreen
activate the ‘Radio’, ‘Media’, ‘Car’, ‘Setup’,
‘Sound’ and ‘Mute’ menus/functions. It also
offers a CD card slot, aux-in interface and two push
dials (e.g. for on/off, volume, mute). In this case,
the standard module contains the added features of an
FM/AM radio, loudspeakers (front), an interface for SD
cards and an aux-in port.
Similar to the
Composition Touch in its layout, the Composition
Colour radio (5-inch, level 3) is equipped with a colour display, FM/AM radio as well as
front and rear loudspeakers and a CD drive (MP3
compatible). The CD drive is in the glovebox
along with the SD card slot.
Media radio (5.8-inch, level 4) has a capacitive colour display
with a proximity sensor that
is integrated across the area beneath the display. The
latter also responds to wiping and zooming gestures
(in smart phone style).
There are now also four buttons to the left and right
of the touchscreen. They also enable access – depending on vehicle
features – to the ‘Phone’ and ‘Voice’ (voice
control) menu levels. In addition to the features of
the Composition Colour radio, it provides optional telephone
preparation (Bluetooth) and a USB interface
(iPod/iPhone compatible). The USB and aux-in
interfaces are integrated in a separate
compartment on the centre console in front of the gear
shifter, where storage space allows for a smart phone
Composition Media radio can have a navigation module (Discover
Media) added to it, with European map data
and the associated second SD card slot; the navigation
computer is located in the glovebox together with the
CD player and SD card slot. Updates of the European
navigation maps (or other maps, to be checked in the
respective markets) are included in the price for all
units with a navigation module for a period of three
radio-navigation system with a large 8-inch capacitive
touchscreen is the Discover Pro, which adds
other features on top of those of the Discover Media,
such as a DVD drive instead of CD drive (audio and
video), extended premium voice control (base version
is available as option for Composition Media and
Discover Media), a 64-GB Flash memory and an optional UMTS
telephone module. The Discover Pro
also operates as a WLAN hotspot (Internet access) for
a WLAN-capable mobile device (smart phone or tablet).