All-new seventh generation Volkswagen Golf breaks cover in Berlin

The all-new Volkswagen Golf has been unveiled in Berlin, 36 years after the original model redefined the small family car.  The seventh generation Golf builds on the success of its predecessors, of which over 29 million have been sold, bringing new levels of comfort, practicality, safety and efficiency to the class. 

Despite offering more room for passengers and more advanced technological features than ever before, new production techniques contribute to the Mk VII Golf being up to 100 kg lighter than the car it replaces, helping to make it up to 23 per cent more efficient than before.  On top of this, the new Golf is also safer than ever, thanks not just to a stronger body structure (which is also 23 kg lighter) but also to a raft of standard and optional passive and active safety systems.

The new Golf is built on the so-called MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform or Modular Transverse Matrix.  This standardises many vehicle component parameters across brands and vehicle classes, and allows access to new powertrains and technologies, including innovations in the areas of safety and infotainment, which until now were reserved for vehicles in higher segments. 

At 4,255 mm long, the new Golf is 56 mm longer than its predecessor, with a 59 mm longer wheelbase of 2,637 mm.  The front wheels are 43 mm further forward, helping to generate more interior space, while the Golf is also 13 mm wider, at 1,799 mm, and 28 mm lower, at 1,452 mm.  This helps to create a 10 per cent improvement in the drag co-efficient, which is now 0.27 Cd. 

Though the new car’s dimensions are larger, its overall design is unmistakeably that of a Golf, thanks to a design DNA that has evolved through the decades.  Walter de Silva, Head of Design for Volkswagen AG, said: ‘One of the keys to the Golf’s success lies in its continuity.  There are a handful of cars with a design that, like the Golf’s, has been refined, tweaked and enhanced down the decades and thus become timeless.’

Inside the Golf there is more room than ever.  Rear legroom is improved by 15 mm, and the front seats have been moved 20 mm further back, benefitting taller drivers.  Front shoulder room is improved by 31 mm to 1,420 mm (at the rear it is 30 mm wider) and elbow room by 22 mm to 1,469 mm (20 mm wider at the rear).  There is more room for luggage, too: the boot is 30 litres larger, at 380 litres, with a low 685 mm sill to make loading effortless.  The front passenger seat can also optionally fold fully forward, creating a loadspace which is up to 2,412 mm long.

In the cockpit, the centre console is now angled more towards the driver, giving them easier, more ergonomic and direct access to auxiliary controls, including the new generation of touchscreen infotainment systems that is available on the Golf.  All Golf models now have touchscreen systems as standard, starting in the UK with a 5.8-inch colour display system, and rising to the range-topping satellite navigation system with eight-inch colour display.  It operates with finger gestures that will be familiar to smartphone users.  Features include DAB digital radio, auxiliary inputs (including USB), Bluetooth telephone preparation and access to vehicle trip information.

Between the front seats, space is increased by virtue of the new electronic parking brake with auto-hold feature.  And for the first time in a Volkswagen, the compartment under the centre armrest optionally includes a universal phone holder with inductive aerial, which not only increases the signal strength of a phone placed in it, but also reduces the drain on the phone’s battery.

The new Golf also features a number of innovative standard safety systems, while optional systems include many previously only available on vehicles in a class above.  Standard on all new Golf models is a multi-collision brake system.  This automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision, to reduce kinetic energy significantly and thus minimise the chance of a second impact.  Research in Germany shows that around a quarter of accidents involving personal injury are multi-collision events. Also the PreCrash system that made its debut on the Touareg is standard from the SE upwards.  If it detects the possibility of an accident, it pre-tensions seatbelts and closes the windows and sunroof, leaving just a small gap, to ensure the best possible protection from the airbags.

Other electronic aids include Adaptive Cruise Control (standard in the UK from SE models upwards), which uses radar sensors to maintain a set distance from the vehicle in front; Front Assist, which can bring the vehicle to a complete stop and operates at speeds of up to 150 km/h (approx. 93 mph); and City Emergency Braking, which operates at up to 30 km/h (approx. 19 mph), and can reduce or prevent the chance of accidents occurring.  A Driver Alert System, as introduced on the Passat, monitors the driver’s inputs, to detect any signs of tiredness; while a camera-operated Lane Assist system can help keep the car in a specific lane, providing countersteering assistance where necessary.  A Dynamic Light Assist system optionally masks the vehicle’s high beam lighting, making for brilliant illumination without dazzling on-coming traffic.  

The Golf’s steering now uses a variable ratio system that offers more agile steering in dynamic driving situations, while ensuring high-speed stability, and easy manoeuvring in the city.  Specify the latest generation Park Assist, and the new Golf will even park itself in a space no more than 80 cm longer than the vehicle.

For the first time, the Golf is also available with driver profile selection, which allows the driver to choose from four modes – Eco, Sport, Normal and Individual; with a DSG gearbox a fifth option – Comfort – is also offered.  Each of these modes alters the throttle mapping and engine management (among other parameters) to the chosen style, so in Eco mode, for example, the engine management, air conditioning and ancillary systems are controlled to achieve maximum fuel consumption. 

Powering the Golf is a new range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems.  At launch, the petrol engines are a 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS unit returning 4.9 l/100 km (around 57.6 mpg and 113 g/km), and a 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS unit with Active Cylinder Technology, which can deactivate two of the cylinders, and achieves up to 4.8 l/100 km (58.9 mpg and 112 g/km).  The launch diesel engines are a 1.6-litre unit with 105 PS, which returns 3.8 l/100 km (74.3 mpg and 99 g/km), and a 2.0-litre 150 PS unit which returns 4.1 l/100 km (68.9 mpg and 106 g/km). 

Further details on the new Golf will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show.  The car will go on sale from October, with the first UK deliveries expected in January 2013.

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Bring Volkswagen to your iPhone or iPad

Volkswagen UK Car Configurator

Create your perfect Volkswagen on your iPad or iPhone with our brand new Car Configurator app. Simply choose your favourite model and add the options you want. Then tweak and refine it and share your creation on Facebook and Twitter. With all the latest prices and special offers, you have everything you need to book a test drive, or use our retailer locator to visit your local showroom.

  • Explore the entire Volkswagen car range with 90 million variations
  • Find the latest prices and special offers
  • Save your car, send by email or share on Facebook
  • Request a test drive or use retailer locator to find your local showroom
  • Optimised for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch

Visit the app store now to configure your perfect Volkswagen.

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APR Volkswagen Racing Cup

Launched in 2000, (and celebrating it’s tenth anniversary last year), the APR Volkswagen Racing Cup is widely regarded as the most exciting saloon car championship in the UK and for 2010 it remains the sole saloon support race in the prestigious British Formula 3/British GT Championship package.

What makes the Volkswagen Racing Cup unique?  Instead of being a ‘one-make’ championship where all the cars are indentical, we encourage as much variety of Volkswagens as possible, all racing together.

So, open to any model of racing Volkswagen, the Cup has attracted drivers of the Scirocco R, Beetle RSi, Golf GTIs, R and R32s of every generation, Jetta, Scirocco, Polo, Lupo and Bora models.

Engine usage has been as varied as car choice, with turbocharged and even turbodiesel power joining the established four and six cylinder engines. This variety of machinery, representing Volkswagens of all ages, has made for one of the most colourful and diverse grids in motorsport, and is always a real hit with spectators.

The innovative regulations put all cars into a single class based on power to weight ratios. The idea of a lightweight Polo GTI challenging a powerful V6 Beetle and a torquey Golf GTI for overall victory is a real experience for drivers, teams and spectators alike.

The double-header race format of the racing features seven weekends in the UK and Europe.  For 2012, we will be supporting the DTM German Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch, plus the first ever visit to the legendary Spa Franocrchamps Grand Prix circuit in Belgium.

High standards of driving and presentation befitting a championship with manufacturer backing and television coverage are expected of all participating drivers and teams. But above all, the Volkswagen Racing Cup remains a friendly championship where team spirit and camaraderie in the paddock count for more than on-track heroics.

For more information about races and events visit our dedicated Championship website.

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Factory Warranty Benefits

One of which is peace of mind. For a trouble-free experience, driving a new Volkswagen is hard to beat. These are just a few of the benefits that come with our Factory Warranty.

  • Your warranty is valid at any authorised Volkswagen retailer throughout the United Kingdom - so if you discover a fault in your car during the 3 year warranty period, and it is within the mileage limit, just take it to the nearest Volkswagen retailer.
  • If you happen to be in another country, you can still take your vehicle to the nearest Volkswagen retailer - where your Factory Warranty will be recognised.
  • All Volkswagen parts replaced within your warranty period will continue to be covered throughout the warranty period.
  • You'll also receive a 2-year Accessories warranty for all genuine accessories fitted by the retailer - including radios and alarms. Should you add on any extra items, you may be charged for their removal during repairs if necessary.
  • You'll also receive a 3-year paint warranty for any manufacturing defects in the paintwork of your new car.
  • Our Body Protection warranty protects all Volkswagens against internal rust-attacks - for 12 years from the date of registration (or 6 years for Sharan models).

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Volkswagen presents an incredibly economic sports car capable of 100 miles per gallon - the EcoRacer. With fuel consumption as low as 3.4 litres and a maximum speed of 230 km/h this TDI powered prototype provides you with a glimpse into the next generation of fuel economic vehicles.

Its carbon-fibre body means the car weighs a mere 850 kilograms and accelerates in only 6.3 seconds to an impressive 100 km/h.

This sports car is powered by a 100 k/w turbo diesel engine of the next generation and stands for a trend setting synthesis of rock-solid economy and an abundance of sportiness.

The EcoRacer as a coupé: The bonnet, boot-lid and doors are made of CFP (Carbon-fibre plastic), as are the roof elements. The door locks of the EcoRacer open using electromechanical technology that not only release the door catch - via Keyless-Entry-and-Go system - but also swing the associated roof wings upwards on a gas-pressure damper optimising entry to and exit from the vehicle. These roof sections and the so-called T-bar, the longitudinal web between them, can be removed completely and stowed behind the seats.

The EcoRacer as a Roadster: Within a matter of minutes, the entire roof structure including the windows can be removed or converted. First, the rear hatch, the coupé rear end, is removed. At the same time, the side elements of the front wings between the front wheel and the door hinge are taken out.

The EcoRacer as a Speedster: In the final stage, the roadster can be converted to a speedster. For this, a special catch in the area of the A column is simply released, to allow the windscreen and the upper dashboard housing to be taken off. In place of this, a reduced windscreen with its own dashboard cover is inserted. The result is a speedster in its purest form.

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