The seventh generation of the Volkswagen Golf, which just received its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show last week, will cost from £16,330 OTR (US$26,250 or €20,350 at the current rates) when it goes on sale in the United Kingdom on October 18, with first deliveries due in January.
This means that, even though better equipped, the new entry-level Golf S 3-door with the 1.2-litre TSI 84HP (85PS) petrol unit starts from a price lower point than the respective outgoing model with the same engine (£16,425).
In Britain, the Golf will launch in two body styles, three- and five-door hatchbacks, both available in three trim levels named S, SE and GT, plus a choice of four petrol engines and two diesels.
The petrol engine lineup at launch starts with a four-cylinder 1.2-litre TSI unit producing 84hp (85PS), rising via a 1.2-litre TSI 104hp (105PS) and a 1.4-litre TSI 120hp (122PS) motor to the all-new 1.4-litre TSI 138hp (140PS) engine with Active Cylinder Technology.
The two diesel engines at launch are a 1.6-litre TDI 104hp (105PS) and a new 2.0-litre TDI 148hp (150PS unit).
All Mk7 Golf models – both diesel and petrol – come equipped with a Stop/Start system and battery regeneration as standard.
Transmission options depend on the engine and include a mixture of 5sp and 6sp manuals, and 6sp and 7sp dual-clutch DSG units.
Standard equipment features on all models include seven airbags, five three-point seatbelts, ABS with ESP, XDS electronic differential lock and Isofix preparation for two rear child seats.
The base "S" model gets a Composition Media system with a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen, DAB digital radio, a CD player, MDI interface (for connecting iPod or MP3 player), Bluetooth telephone preparation and audio streaming and eight speakers, along with ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning.
The SE trim level adds ADC Automatic Distance Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, a Driver Alert System, PreCrash preventative occupant protection, Driver Profile Selection (with four modes and five on DSG-equipped cars), rain-sensitive wipers, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror and dusk sensor (automatic driving lights).
Other standard amenities on the SE models are brushed stainless steel decorative inserts, upgraded upholstery, leather-trimmed handbrake grip, gear lever and multifunction steering wheel, black radiator grille with chrome trimmed-inserts and 16-inch alloy rims.
Next up is the GT grade that sports 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights and air intakes with chrome surrounds, front fog lights, air intakes with chrome surrounds, ‘Cherry Red’ taillights, and dark-tinted rear glass.
Inside the cabin, the GT is upgraded with gloss black decorative inserts, Alcantara and cloth sports seats, LED reading lights, ambient lighting in the doors and centre console, electrically foldable door mirrors with puddle lights, front and rear parking sensors with visual display and the Discover Navigation media system with a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen preloaded with European mapping data.
Volkswagen also offers a ton of extras ranging from an automatic parking system to an ACC adaptive chassis control and a panoramic sunroof.
More details on pricing can be found in the brochure below, while for more pictures, check out our previous post here.