VW Golf Mk7 Review – Full Buying Guide | carwow.co.uk

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Fantastic all-rounder

Economical engines

High quality feel throughout

Looks a lot like the old car

Expensive auto gearbox

Little else.

It may look very similar to the car it replaces, but this is the all-new Mk 7 Volkswagen Golf and much like its predecessor, it’s proven to be quite a hit with the critics. The reviews suggest the new Golf is a mightily impressive all-rounder, with ‘big car’ levels of refinement, top-notch build quality and tidy dynamics.

Put simply the 2013 VW Golf looks set to become one of the top premium family cars in the market..

Interior

This is a Volkswagen Golf after all, so it’s not too surprising to hear that the interior is about the best you’re going to find this side of an Audi A3. There are plenty of soft touch materials and, if you opt for the top-spec GT trim, swathes of glossy black plastic across the dash. However, whilst it’s a cut above most other cars in this class, a handful of critics reckon the levels of perceived quality haven’t moved on much from the Mk 6.

The improvements in space though are welcomed. There’s plenty of space up front, a decent array of storage places around the cabin and despite the lower roofline even six-footers should be comfortable in the back.

The boot’s pretty commodious as well. You’ve got 380 litres to play with which makes it one of the largest in its class, and (as is becoming the norm nowadays) the seats lie completely flat should you need to carry larger items.

Driving

Those looking for the most engaging family hatchback may still want to prioritise the Ford Focus over the new Golf, but most of the critics who’ve reviewed the Volkswagen reckon it’s actually quite a pleasant car to drive. All the experts agree that it steers nicely, overall body control seems to be pretty good and the ride seems to be quite a noticeable improvement over the previous Golf.

The critics also reckon the VW’s pretty competent as something to tackle the urban jungle in, courtesy of the light controls and impressive all-round visibility.

It’s the car’s refinement though that’s really impressed the testers so far, with many of the reports stating that the overall road, wind and tyre noise suppression is as you’d expect from a car from the class above. As a tool to use on long distance journeys, there aren’t many hatchback rivals at this price range that can claim to be better suited motorway and dual-carriageway cruisers than the new Golf.

The only quibble so far is that Golfs fitted with sub-120bhp engines (currently the 1.2 petrol and the 1.6 diesel) are fitted with slightly rudimentary torsion beam suspension at the rear, whilst the rest get a more advanced setup. Some of the critics reckon there is a slight difference in the ride quality and handling between the two, but it’s only noticeable if you really look for the changes, so it won’t affect most buyers.

Engines

The engine line-up from launch consists of five engines – three petrols, two diesels – of which all bar the 1.2 petrol have been tested so far.

Those wanting the optimum in fuel economy will most likely sway towards the 1.6/2.0 TDI camp, as these have the best on-paper running costs.

The most efficient is the 1.6, which claims to return over 70mpg and is exempt from VED tax and the London congestion charge, though those wanting a bit more poke can opt for the more powerful 64mpg 2.0 TDI.

It’s the petrols, though, that seem to be the pick of the range. This seems to be particularly the case for the 1.4, as many experts are hugely impressed by its refinement, tractability and, with the cylinder deactivation technology fitted, almost diesel levels of fuel economy. That said, the ‘lesser’ 1.4 is still a pretty frugal little engine.

The super-economical Golf Bluemotion was launched in May 2013, which gives an amazing 88mpg!

The GTI and GTD have just been launched, more details on them here – Mk7 GTI vs GTD .

Value for money

The VW Golf is now firmly established as a premium car and as such, it’s by no means the cheapest car in this class. Rivals such as the Ford Focus and Alfa Romeo Giulietta are noticeably cheaper to buy, and even the top spec Golfs are encroaching on the territory that’s usually the preserve of the BMW 1 Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

That said, you certainly pay for what you get. There’s no denying it’s certainly one of the best cars in its class, and the cheaper versions are far more reasonably priced.

Standard equipment levels are generous, with gadgets such as stop/start, Bluetooth and an interactive touchscreen display being fitted to every model in the range and, being a Golf it’ll most likely hold its value well come resale time.

Worth noting

On top of the manuals that come as standard, most of the Golf range can be equipped with a DSG semi-auto transmission that helps to marginally improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions over the manual.

However it is a pricey option, so it might only be worth the financial outlay if you plan on owning your Golf for a considerable amount of time or rack up a large annual mileage.

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Conclusion

Long story short, the Volkswagen Golf is an incredibly impressive overall piece of kit. Few cars in this class even come close to matching the competency of the VW’s all-round package, with some critics going as far to say some cars from the class above are shamed by just how good the Golf is.

It’s by no means the cheapest family hatchback you’ll ever come across, nor will the ‘evolutionary rather than revolutionary’ approach be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s no denying that if these inaugural reports are anything to go by, the new Volkswagen Golf has all the hallmarks of being a car that we can thoroughly recommend.

Key Details

Price range: £16,775 – £31,970 MPG: 39 – 88 Safety rating (NCAP): Date released: 2013 Replacement due: Not for at least a few years Model history: This is the 7th generation of Golf, the first came out back in 1974!

The Mk7 Golf GTD and GTI were launched in April 2013.

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