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VW Golf Mk. Unveiled

Auto Trader

5 September 2012

Bigger, stronger, safer and lighter than the previous iteration

88.3 mpg and 85 g/km CO2 for BlueMotion model

New safety tech including a PreCrash system and Multi-Collision braking

The seventh generation of the iconic Volkswagen Golf has been unveiled at a ceremony in Berlin, 36 years and 29 million cars after the Mk. I was launched.

The new range, expected to go on UK sale in October, looks more evolutionary than revolutionary, with Volkswagen's chief designer, Walter de Silva keeping much of the car's classic styling cues. To be honest, apart from the larger dimensions, you'd be hard pressed to notice much difference over the Mk. VI.

Interior space has also been improved, with rear leg room increased by 15mm and the front seats have been moved back by 20mm, to aid taller drivers. There is more space in the boot as well, going up from 350 litres to 380 litres. The Golf will now feature an electronic parking brake with an auto-hold function.

The big news, however, is the efficiency gains over the previous model. VW claims that the car will be up to 23 per cent more efficient than its predecessor. It will be lighter, stronger, more slippery through the air and more spacious than the outgoing Mk. VI, utilising more efficient engines to ensure excellent fuel economy and emissions figures.

At launch, there will be four engines available, two diesels (1.6 and 2.0 litres) and two petrol (1.2 TSI and 1.4 TSI). All of these will be equipped with Stop/Start systems and the 1.4 TSI petrol engine will be equipped with cylinder de-activation technology, becoming a two-cylinder when under light load.

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