Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sixth Generation Golf Continues on Its Course; Motoring World

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sixth Generation Golf Continues on Its Course; Motoring World

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Byline: By STEWART SMITH

EVOLUTION, not revolution seems to be Volkswagen's way forward with its jewel in the crown, the Golf, since it first appeared in 1974.

And the sixth generation of the massive-selling family hatchback continues on the same track with basic body design remaining the same.

It will surprise few that the new Golf retains similar lines to the outgoing model which was snapped up by more than 67,000 UK buyers last year.

The only major part of the Mk VI to be retained is the chassis, otherwise it has been given a comprehensive make-over inside and out.

The new Golf has been given a sharper front end, essentially similar to the new Scirocco, which does give it a sportier image, plus a higher waistline and large wrap-around rear lights. But the change isn't one that made my heart race.

The biggest transformation is to the Golf's interior, which I have always considered to be pretty dull and mundane. Now it has gone up a class - or maybe even two.

Both visually and to the touch the high-quality materials used inside the cabin are first class with brushed chrome inserts, Alcantara seat panels and all-leather seats in the higher specification models giving a lift to the general ambience.

The instrument panel has been completely redesigned and is similar to the 2008 VW Passat with two round speed and rev indicators. The new Golf also has a sturdy new three-spoke steering wheel with multifunctional switchgear.

At launch in the UK, buyers will be able to choose from four petrol and two common rail diesel engines. The entry-level petrol engine is a 1.4-litre unit developing 80bhp. It is joined by a 1.6-litre 102bhp, a 1.4-litre TSI 122bhp and a range-topping 1.4-litre TSI engine developing 160bhp.

I reckon one of the biggest sellers will be the 2.0-litre TDI, which produces 110bhp and is claimed to achieve 62.8mpg on a combined run, plus low emissions of 119g/km of CO2. Joining it will be a 2.0-litre TDI 140bhp.

The majority of the engines will be offered with a choice of five or six-speed manual or six or seven-speed DSG automatic gearboxes.

I have just got behind the wheel of the 2. …

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