In the automotive world, there are a handful of established, often iconic models that have proven popular across decades and across countless international borders. The Volkswagen Golf is certainly one of these cars and there’s always a lot of excitement when the latest version arrives. This week in Europe Volkswagen officially released images of the all new seventh generation Golf.
On the exterior, the changes are more evolutionary than dramatic and the car is still immediately recognizable as a Golf. Not unlike a certain world famous sports car that’s also from Germany.
Beneath the skin though is the all new MQB platform which will underpin a number of new models from the VW Audi group. While the car has grown slightly, it also dropped some weight – around 100kg according to Volkswagen.
Interior space has also been increased, with a new dashboard and control layout that’s been angled toward the driver. A touch screen will be standard (in Europe at least).
The new Golf will appear at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, with deliveries to begin in early 2013. A variety of gas and diesel motors will be available in Europe, and word is a smaller, turbocharged four cylinder will replace the 2.5 five cylinder as the base motor when the car hits the US market.
Of course this is just the standard Golf. We will have to wait a bit longer to see what’s in store for the enthusiast-minded GTI and Golf R models.
What do you think about the latest Golf?
I love the Golf. Especially the R32. Is it the only 4WD Golf ever produced? Someone please enlighten me. Thanks!
What makes a car iconic?? is it the design or the form? is it the people who attribute the car its iconic status?? i don't know but i think the rule book needs to be thrown out in some instances (not at the expense of safety or lives) - i love the Golf in most of its guises although things have been looking very tame lately. The MK7 looks 'nice', decent to say the least but come on VW make the serious models exciting and desirable through form and function. My eyes are watching and waiting for the Golf GTi & Golf R versions to be that and more - Thanks
It is black around the touchscreen, I wouldn't be surprised if they started suing car companies.
KAG Ha ha i was about to comment "the golf is the Macbook of cars"... and like the golf, who other than an enthusiast (obsessive?) can tell the difference between the last few generations of macbook?
I get the thing about refinement, evolution not revolution, etc. The downside of that logic is boredom. Also, if it's that close to perfect why change the body at all? If the philosophy is truly "if it ain't broke don't fix it" why not improve the mechanicals and keep the lines the same? Smacks of planned obsolescence to me.
I don't really care for Apple products since there made my Chinese children slaves. They are using intel motherboards and chipset, so it is the basic same thing as a windows pc now. I like my MK4, and I can tell that the last 3 generations have been evolution of the body of the Golf. tenpennyjimmy
Sorry, not feelin it. Always been a fan of the Mk3 and Mk5. And why is it the US gets the crappy downgraded versions of the good cars?! Pisses me off.
You dont know what you are talking about. The US market allways gets the best versions from german manufacturers!
You think that is a bad ideea to get rid of the old 2.5 litres? In Europe, that engine wasnt even an option. We get 1.4 L 4 cylinders with 75 hp as a base model.
Dont worry, a new TSI engine as a base model will make at least 120 hp with very low consumption.
will there be a manual transmission, because I read about a year ago it might nopt. That would suck.
One question from the european fraction: The BASE engine of the old model was a 2.5?? What's the 2.5 on power? Over here the top-notch is a 2l turbocharged I4 with 270hp. And the smallest a 1.2 TSI with 85hp ....
maxproof In the US the current Mk6 Golf is comes with a 170hp 2.5 as the base model. We also get the 2.0T GTI, a TDI version, and the Golf R as well.
when are VW going to make something that isnt bland? peugeot have the RCZ, toyota the 86, even hyundai have the Veloster. Genuinely think that the current Hyundai i30 is a better looking car than this Golf...
@Roberlini Oh yeah I forgot about that. They're still quite boring though, and very expensive for what they are in the uk at least
TomHoward Roberlini Its called being tasteful & refined. If you can't see it I don't think you'll ever get it.
@w @Roberlini Tasteful and refined? Boring and unimaginative. I'm sure it's a fine car but I just don't get the hype surrounding vw's.
TomHoward There's a funny youtube-video where Martin Winterkorn (VW CEO) sits in a new Hyundai getting quite annoied about its excellent "non-creaking" steering-adjustment. Free quotation: "Why can they and we don't!?" But .. as i mentioned earlier: The i30 will look outdated and cheap once it's grown some years ... won't happen with the Golf.
Right... what has the release of another mind-numbing 13 in a dozen shopping car has to do with SpeedHunters??
Well, the Golf in its numerous forms appears regularly on Speedhunters so I'd say the release of a new model is something to note. It also hints at what the upcoming GTI and Golf R models may be like.
My favourites are MK1 and MK4. They have the most `pure` design. Since the Mk5 they have become less recognisable as VWs with more fussy details. Still very well engineered though.
The c-column is just fantastic! Like in the MKI or latest in the MKIV. We all know it's a Golf and not a "try-hard-to-look-modern-"Vauxhall Astra or Focus. And that's what's the real deal about it. It doesn't have to look fancy. It's just good! Things work on it. It's decent on gas. The manufacturing is just beautiful and so on ...Although: I'd never buy one. It would be the "right" decision but ... what's interesting about that!?
I prefer the 5 or 6 shape, although this is the 5-door, which will always look rotten. Looks like a mk4 with a polo/budget-far-eastern front end to me.
I had to Google the 6th gen to remember what it looked like! Not many rolling around Los Angeles! Or maybe I need to get out more. Point is, it feels really soon to be having a new Golf.
MartinBrandan Yes not a whole lot of them rolling around the US. Here the Jetta constantly outsells the Golf by a large margin.
@Mark_G haha yeah and how maxproof said the c pillar essentially looks the same. You know it's a golf.
I like the interior a lot and the headlights look a hell of a lot better than the ones from the past two generations.
Still kinda boring as far as exterior design goes. It's not ugly, but it's not pretty either. Still feels like a box on wheels, which is pretty much how it's always looked, just now it's a futuristic-looking box. I'm sure it's a really nice car as they have been for several generations, but Golf's really don't do much for me.
its got that typical german look...very clean and surgical sort of thing with all those sharp line and what not!!
and it doesnt even feel that long since the MK6 came out!! only just starting quite a lot around...
The angles and sharp edges kill the look, although I do like the tail-light design alot. I think the MkVI golf was perfect IMO, not to mention the MkI and MkII as well.
Unfortunately it seams to have followed the design of the Jetta. BORING. Looks like everything else. No European styling here.
Thats German's 'standardising' everything. Find something which works - make everything the same.
Give it 10 years, we will be able to buy a DIN41642-3:2022 - Self propelled vehicle with 4 doors.