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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  • Bash

    I really wonder how many “station wagons” they really sells worldwide, and when they will finally stop making them in favor to SUVs/CUVs, the entire world is now moving to SUVs/CUVs as we all know, that at some points I would guess even Sedans sales are dropped, and as a result some car makers have more SUVs/CUVs in their lineup comparing to sedans (Mazda and Mitsu for instance) not to mentioned station wagons!

    • Inherent by their design and physics, station wagons will always handle better than CUV/SUVs…that’s why tens of millions of cars sold each year are not SUVs…

      • Bash

        What you said about the design and physics is true, but the other truth is what ever number they sell of station wagons, they sell double or triple of that as SUVs/CUVs. its like the world moving into two impeccable facts related to cars… EVs and SUVs..

        • SUV craze started in the US in the early 1980s with the redesigned Jeeps and the Ford Explorer…close to 40 years later, yes SUV sales are high, but like I said, millions of non-SUVs are sold each year…clearly there are tens of millions that don’t want an SUV… Toyota Corollas and Honda Civics already prove that…

          • Bash

            Give me a break man.

          • Sorry, I didn’t mean anything…just making sure the young ones today understand that the SUV craze is not something new…what’s new is that is has become global and with lots of Europeans buying into the craze…up until recently, they mocked us Americans for our long-time SUV fixation…

          • Bash

            We are on the same page man.. cheers 🙂

          • TheHake

            The newer batch of SUV’s are smaller and more economical. It’s just impractical to have a huge Explorer/Grand Cherokee/Suburban in Amsterdam/Paris/Barcelona/Florence. You can’t drive it, park it or see other cars in it. Newer, smaller SUV’s like the Tiguan, Kuga, CX-5 is light on fuel and small enough to be useful in a tightly packed city.

          • Sure. The tech has changed since most SUVs/CUVs built today are based on a unibody chassis vs a body-on-frame. However they are still larger and handle different than lower-center of gravity cars. A Tiguan is still large by EU standards due to the very narrow streets and roads there.

          • TheHake

            They handle different at high speed yes. But very few people race their cars. A small SUV is just as maneuverable as a car in the city, with the benefit of better visibility.

    • TheHake

      Europe is MASSIVE on station wagons. I think there sell 2-3 Passat wagons per sedan. Even the Golf is very often seen in wagon guise. I can’t even remember when I last saw a Mondeo sedan/fastback. They are almost exclusively wagons now. Same with the Mazda 6.

      • Bash

        huh, I cant remember when was the last time i saw a station wagon tbh. but i understand and know its different in Europe.

        • TheHake

          If I look out the window at the work parking, about 1/2 cars are station wagons. About 1/2 of whats left are hatchbacks. The 1/4 that’s left are sedans, SUV’s or MPV’s.

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