Get-away in the Golf
The VW Golf is probably as well known as the Beetles were in the sixties. Speaking of beetles… the VW was set out to replace the infamous VW. With more than 30-million units manufactured from its launch in 1974 until 2013, the Golf not only successfully replaced the much loved bug, but it also took the title of runner up for the most sold models ever! Wow, that’s impressive! The Golf has it all, beauty, brains (tech) and budget- all these great offerings come with an attractive price tag. Now if that doesn’t seal the deal I don’t know what will.
The latest and greatest Golf 7 TSI is a solid hatch with terrific offerings and excellent drivability, this is most probably why so many of them have found homes with South Africans and why owners stick to the brand when it’s time for an upgrade (not that that happens often because, you know, it’s a Golf). Its suited for anyone from the student who has a bit steeper demands when it comes to space or even a medium sized family.
The Golf 7 is stylish in a simplistic manner with minimalistic designing and few fancy features. That doesn’t not mean it’s unattractive in any way, shape or form, on the contrary, I absolutely adore its exterior (and interior but we will get to that still). The front-end features the signature chrome striped grille that’s centred by the VW badge and upswept headlight. Speaking of which, the halogen headlights are enhanced with low and high beam, LED daytime running lights and automatic headlight activation. Furthermore, there is also a set of fog lights and the rear also benefits from LED taillight clusters. With integrated roof rails and 16-inch alloy wheels, the Golf 7 TSI is ready to tackle and it will do so looking gorgeous.
The inside of the Golf is just as impressive, with a solid feel and high-quality finishes. It’s luxurious to the touch and with inserts of chrome elements scattered throughout the cabin and ‘Zoom’ patterning on the seat upholstery, it certainly looks the part. Front passengers can take advantage of comfortable seats which are elevated with height-adjustment and lumbar support. Furthermore, the driver also benefits from a 3-spoke leather multi-function steering wheel with height and reach adjustment on the steering column and a leather gear lever. In the name of functionality and convenience, the rear seats can fold 60:40 to enlarge the 380-litre boot and is just one example of how practicality was the main goal when the cabin was still in its designing stages. So you don’t have to worry about not fitting in your… golf sticks (sorry, not sorry). Overall, the Golf is a terrific vehicle to own and it’s sure to provide you with many comfortable trips.
The Golf 7 TSI is equipped with an 8.0-inch touchscreen Composition Media infotainment system that includes Radio, CD, MP3/WMA compatibility, 8 speakers, Bluetooth Connectivity, SD Card and USB interface also for iPod/iPhone, App-Connect and Voice Control. As if the cabin isn’t comfortable enough, VW has enhanced the cabin with additional features such as Climatic air conditioning, all round electric windows and Cruise Control with a speed limiter. ABS, EBD, Electronic Stability Programme with Brake Assist and EDL, Transverse differential lock, a multi-collision brake system, Fatigue detection and tow-away with tilt protection while a range of airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchorage and safety optimised front head restraint system provide additional peace of mind. Anti-theft alarm with ultrasonic interior monitoring, transponder immobiliser and remote central locking are all incorporated into this vehicle for additional security.
The model is fitted with a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine and although it would raise an eyebrow here and there, the German were smart with their design. This means that 999cc is more than enough power this vehicle with effortless driving as it produces 81kW of power and 200Nm of torque. A benefit from the trimmed engine is its fuel consumption, combined with BlueMotion Technology: Start-Stop with Brake-energy Recuperation, this VW uses a claimed fuel consumption of 4.8-litre per 100km. Power is sent to the wheels via a six speed manual transmission and this affords you with light and engaged driving and with a responsive steer and you are assured of a whale of a time. Let’s not forget to mention how punchy this vehicle is, it is a Golf after all, and with a bucket load of road holding capability you will be oozing with confidence and allure behind the wheel. It’s extremely refined and is sure to provide buyers with premium ride quality.
Where to find it
If this good-lookin’ Golf has caught your eye or you would like to know more about its offerings and features, visit www.vw.co.za today!
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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler