Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Volkswagen Golf GT 2.0 TDI

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Volkswagen Golf GT 2.0 TDI

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Byline: MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW

ALMOST four decades after the original Golf redefined the small family motor, the seventh generation has just arrived on the scene.

Since the first one came off the line back in 1974 more than 29 million Golfs have been sold across the world with 1.6 million of those in Britain.

The latest Golf is some 56mm longer than its predecessor and possesses a 59mm longer wheelbase meaning more space inside. There is also more boot room which has been upped to 380 litres and there''s a lower sill for easier loading.

Despite being larger, new production techniques and developments have contributed to the Mark VII Golf helping to make it some 100kg lighter than its predecessor and, even more importantly, up to 23% more fuel efficient.

On top of that the newcomer is safer than ever due to a stronger body structure which, surprisingly, is 23kg lighter.

Safety systems included as standard in the manifest is a new automatic post-collision braking system which automatically brakes after a collision.

Also available as standard fit on Golf SE and GT models is a pre-crash system which, on detecting the possibility of an accident, pretensions seat belts and closes the windows and sunroof, leaving just a small gap, to ensure the airbags provide the best possible protection - a clever move this.

Other electronic aids include automatic distance control, front assist and city emergency braking.

All come as standard on SE models and above and can reduce or eliminate the chance of accidents occurring while also available is the driver alert system, a camera operated lane assist system plus a high beam assist system.

More thought has also gone into the redesigning of minor cabin controls which are now angled more towards the driver while a new generation of touchscreen infotainment systems brings the interior up to date with a further range of systems, standard features of which include DAB digital radio, auxiliary inputs, including USB, Bluetooth telephone preparation and access to vehicle trip information. …

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