Volkswagen Adds New Powertrains To Select Golf Models

Volkswagen is starting the New Year with further revisions to the Golf, after updating it at the end of 2016.

One of them is the addition of a new BlueMotion model, which is offered in the hatch and estate variants of the Golf GT. It uses a 1.5-liter TSI petrol unit makes 130PS (128hp), and works together with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

In this flavor, the hatch needs 8.8sec for the 0-62mph (100km/h) acceleration, while the estate can do it in 9.2sec, with either transmission. Top speed stands at 130mph (209km/h) and 131mph (211km/h), respectively.

The engine, which is already offered in the SE and SE Navigation models, also features a full shut-down mode. This turns off all four cylinders temporarily, and starts them automatically once more power is needed. The automaker claims that “the driver barely notices the process other than the illumination of a small light on the dash panel to show the engine is in ‘Eco’ mode”.

Previously available with a 2.0-liter diesel engine, in two outputs: 150PS (148hp) and 184PS (181hp), the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack now gets a 1.8-liter TSI petrol option, rated at 180PS (177hp). Naught to 62mph (100km/h) takes 7.5sec, and top speed is 135mph (217km/h).

The car maintains its increased ride height, off-road-tuned suspension, and unique styling on the outside, and gets a 12.3-inch TFT screen in the cabin that replaces the traditional analog dials.

The updated Volkswagen Golf models can already be ordered in the United Kingdom, carrying a starting price of £23,435 ($31,721) for the 1.5-liter BlueMotion 3-door hatch, and £31,525 ($42,671) for the Alltrack.

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