The new Golf is here. We have seen it evolve for over 7 generations and here is the new Mk7 Golf. Cars have got lighter, more fuel-efficient, larger, more powerful and safer and this car is no different.
Volkswagen, means ‘people’s car’ or ‘car of the people’ and not many people know, but it started in the late 1930’s in Nazi Germany founded by Ferdinand Porsche himself, to take on the luxury car makers and produce a ‘people’s car’. Nowadays, it is one of the biggest if not the biggest car maker in the world.
The Golf has been in people’s hearts since it was introduced to the public in 1974, filling various car segments from family car to hot hatch. It has always been a car that wasn’t in your face, very inconspicuous and has always punched above its class when it came to quality in and out of the cabin. That is something that I love about this car. You need to be around it every day to discover its quirky design cues. Something I hope to do in the near future.
The Mk7, shares its architecture with the new Audi A3 which will be surely shared among the other lines such as Seat, Skoda’s, more VW’s and Audi’s. We are looking at a larger version of the modern-day Golf being 56mm longer 13mm wider than its predecessor yet Volkswagen has managed to shed 100kg from it. Obviously it will be released in a petrol and Diesel engine, the petrol being a 1.2l with 84bhp and 1.4l with 138bhp. These will both do over 55mpg and less than 115g/km of CO2 (claimed by VW). Now the diesel, which will do extremely well here in Malta, will have a 1.6l with 104bhp and a 2.0l unit with 148bhp. Both claim to do over 65mpg and less than 107g/km. In the near future, we will be seeing a plug-in hybrid and GTI version. Something the teccies will love is that, all cars will be fitted with a 5-inch touch screen which lets you slide through screens like an iPhone.
Can it be considered an icon? I definitely think so… even Volkswagen themselves have marketed it in such a way with the legendary television advert where cars sound like a Golf, look like a Golf but are not a Golf.