Volkswagen Golf (2013–)

Model History

December 2011

The 2013 Volkswagen Golf was unveiled

The seventh generation Golf builds on the success of its predecessors, of which over 29 million have been sold, bringing new levels of comfort, practicality, safety and efficiency to the class.

Despite offering more room for passengers and more advanced technological features than ever before, new production techniques contribute to the Mk VII Golf being up to 100 kg lighter than the car it replaces, helping to make it up to 23 per cent more efficient than before. On top of this, the new Golf is also safer than ever, thanks not just to a stronger body structure (which is also 23 kg lighter) but also to a raft of standard and optional passive and active safety systems.

The new Golf is built on the so-called MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) subframe or Modular Transverse Matrix. This standardises many vehicle component parameters across brands and vehicle classes, and allows access to new powertrains and technologies, including innovations in the areas of safety and infotainment, which until now were reserved for vehicles in higher segments.

At 4,255 mm long, the new Golf is 56 mm longer than its predecessor, with a 59 mm longer wheelbase of 2,637 mm. The front wheels are 43 mm further forward, helping to generate more interior space, while the Golf is also 13 mm wider, at 1,799 mm, and 28 mm lower, at 1,452 mm. This helps to create a 10 per cent improvement in the drag co-efficient, which is now 0.27 Cd. Breakover Angle: better than 12.5 degrees helps prevent grounding on ramps. Wheelbase: 2631mm; ground clearance: 133mm; breakover angle: 11.55mm degrees.

Though the new car’s dimensions are larger, its overall design is unmistakeably that of a Golf, thanks to a design DNA that has evolved through the decades. Walter de Silva, Head of Design for Volkswagen AG, said: ‘One of the keys to the Golf’s success lies in its continuity. There are a handful of cars with a design that, like the Golf’s, has been refined, tweaked and enhanced down the decades and thus become timeless.’

Inside the Golf there is more room than ever. Rear legroom is improved by 15 mm, and the front seats have been moved 20 mm further back, benefitting taller drivers. Front shoulder room is improved by 31 mm to 1,420 mm (at the rear it is 30 mm wider) and elbow room by 22 mm to 1,469 mm (20 mm wider at the rear). There is more room for luggage, too: the boot is 30 litres larger, at 380 litres, with a low 685 mm sill to make loading effortless. The front passenger seat can also optionally fold fully forward, creating a loadspace which is up to 2,412 mm long.

In the cockpit, the centre console is now angled more towards the driver, giving them easier, more ergonomic and direct access to auxiliary controls, including the new generation of touchscreen infotainment systems that is available on the Golf. All Golf models now have touchscreen systems as standard, starting in the UK with a 5.8-inch colour display system, and rising to the range-topping satellite navigation system with eight-inch colour display. It operates with finger gestures that will be familiar to smartphone users. Features include DAB digital radio, auxiliary inputs (including USB), Bluetooth telephone preparation and access to vehicle trip information.

The Golf’s steering now uses a variable ratio system that offers more agile steering in dynamic driving situations, while ensuring high-speed stability, and easy manoeuvring in the city. Specify the latest generation Park Assist, and the new Golf will even park itself in a space no more than 80 cm longer than the vehicle.

For the first time, the Golf is also available with driver profile selection, which allows the driver to choose from four modes – Eco, Sport, Normal and Individual; with a DSG gearbox a fifth option – Comfort – is also offered. Each of these modes alters the throttle mapping and engine management (among other parameters) to the chosen style, so in Eco mode, for example, the engine management, air conditioning and ancillary systems are controlled to achieve maximum fuel consumption.

Powering the Golf is a new range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. At launch, the petrol engines are an EA211 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS unit returning around 57.6 mpg and 113 g/km and a 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS unit with Active Cylinder Technology, which can deactivate two of the cylinders, and achieves up to 58.9 mpg and 112 g/km. These engines are now belt-cam with exhaust manifolds incorporated into their cylinder heads. The launch diesel engines are a 1.6-litre unit with 105 PS, which returns 74.3 mpg and 99 g/km and a 2.0-litre 150 PS unit which returns 68.9 mpg and 106 g/km.

Golf 1.2 TSI and 1.6 TDI come on twist beam rear suspension. Golf from 1.4 TSI 122 up come on multilink rear suspension.

October 2012

Prices for Volkswagen Golf revealed

Not only is the new car lighter, safer, more advanced, more spacious, more efficient and better equipped than previous generations of Europe’s best-seller, of which over 29 million have been sold, but it also offers better value, with UK prices starting at just £16,330 (RRP OTR) – that’s lower than those of its predecessor.

From launch, the Golf will be available in the UK in three trim levels: S, SE and GT (the GTI and BlueMotion models will join the line-up in 2013). Four petrol engines and two diesel engines will be available to order.

The petrol engine range starts with a four-cylinder belt cam EA211 1.2-litre TSI unit producing 85 PS, rising via a belt cam 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS and a (now belt cam) 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS motor to the all-new belt cam 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS engine with Active Cylinder Technology. This helps to create an extremely efficient engine capable of 60.1 mpg (combined cycle) and 110 g/km (when fitted with a seven-speed DSG gearbox), thanks to the ability to deactivate the central two cylinders under light loads. All the 1.2 and 1.4 petrol engines are now belt cam, not chain. These engines have a separate toothed belt from one of the camshafts driving the waterpump.

February 2013

Golf GTD announced

The new Golf GTD, based on the seventh generation Golf, is the most powerful ever, and like the original it blends performance with fuel-efficiency to make it a great long-distance touring car.

With a six-speed manual gearbox, the Golf GTD, powered by a 2.0-litre common rail turbodiesel producing 184PS and 380Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm, consumes just one gallon of fuel every 67.3 miles, making foremissions of only 109 g/km. With the optional six-speed DSG, fuel consumption is 60.1 mpg. Acceleration from zero to 62 mph takes just 7.5 seconds, while the top speed is 142 mph.

The Golf GTD comes with smoked LED rear lights with LED licence plate illumination, along with chrome dual tailpipes, 17-inch alloy wheels with 225/45 tyres, side skirts, a rear diffuser, sports suspension and a large roof spoiler.

Distinctive GTD features distinguish the interior: along with tartan sports seats, a black rooflining, sports steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, there is also a GTD-specific gear lever, trim strips and instrument cluster. Comfort is guaranteed thanks to features including progressive steering, white ambience lighting, ‘Climatronic’ climate control, front and rear parking sensors and a winter pack. Prices starting at £25,285

May 2013

Golf BlueMotion available to order

Offering combined fuel economy of 88.3mpg, and CO2 emissions of just 85g/km at prices from £20,335. With its 50-litre fuel tank and claimed 88.3 mpg fuel consumption, the new Golf BlueMotion has a theoretical range of 970 miles.

The reduction in the car’s combined fuel consumption has been achieved through lightweight design (including 26 kg less weight in the running gear and 37 kg less in the body), engine-related modifications and a collection of other measures. These include super low rolling resistance tyres with higher air pressure, longer gear ratios (six-speed manual gearbox), the Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems that are standard in all new Golfs, plus specific aerodynamic modifications.

At the heart of the new Golf BlueMotion is a 1.6-litre 110 PS common rail TDI from the new EA288 engine series (producing 5 PS more power than in non-BlueMotion models). The four-cylinder 16-valve unit develops its maximum torque of250 Nm from just 1,500 rpm up to 3,000 rpm.

Various measures such as reduced internal friction, an innovative thermal management system with shortened warm-up phase, exhaust gas recirculation, cylinder pressure sensor, two-stage oil pump, switchable electric water pump and water-cooled intercooler right in the intake manifold result in successfully reducing fuel consumption and emissions. To reduce emissions values further, Volkswagen has also implemented an oxidation catalytic converter, a diesel particulate filter and a NOx storage catalytic converter.

July 2014

Golf Match launched

The new Match adds front and rear parking sensors, front fog lights and a mirror pack, which consists of automatically-folding door mirrors with puddle lights and reverse-activated dipping on the nearside. New 16-inch ‘Dover’ alloys distinguish the Match from the rest of the range.

The Golf Match is available with a 1.4-litre TSI 122PS engine with either six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearboxes returning 54.3mpg to 56.5 mpg combined and emitting 123g/km CO2 (£110pa tax). A 1.6-litre TDI 105PS engine with five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox returning 72.4mpg to 74.3mpg and a 2.0-litre TDI 150PS with six-speed manual or six-speed DSG gearbox returning 62.8mpg to 68.9mpg.

January 2015

Plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Golf GTE on sale

Priced at £28,035 RRP (after £5,000 Government 'Plug-in' Grant). Unlike the e-Up and e-Golf which are sold through a network of 25 e-Retailers, the GTE is available through all of Volkswagen's franchised sales outlets

February 2015

Orders open for Golf R-Line trim

Based on GT, at prices from £24,190 with deliveries from march 2015. Has fully independent rear suspension. Kit includes Discover Navigation, sports suspension (lowered by 10 mm), PreCrash preventive occupant protection, R-Line rear spoiler, side skirts and radiator grille, bespoke air intakes, R-Line front bumpers and fog lights, R-Line rear bumper and diffuser, and 17-inch Singapore alloy wheels.

Inside, stainless steel pedals and front door sills, black lead grey inlays and door trims, Sports Race design front seats with R-Line logo, black rooflining, leather gear knob and gear lever gaiter and R-Line leather multifunction sports steering wheel.

Petrol option is Volkswagen’s 150PS 1.4-litre TSI engine with Active Cylinder Technology, which returns up to 60.1 mpg on the EC combined cycle. Six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed DSG.

Alternatively, 2.0-litre TDI 150PS that can return up to 68.9 mpg on the EC combined cycle, with CO 2 emissions from 106 to 119 g/km. A six-speed manual gearbox, or optional a six-speed wet clutch DSG.

Engine

Power

PS

Doors Gearbox

Combined

mpg

CO 2

g/km

Price, £

RRP OTR

1.4-litre TSI 150 3 door 6-speed man 60.1 109 24,190.00
1.4-litre TSI 150 5 door 6-speed man 58.9 112 24,845.00
1.4-litre TSI 150 5 door 7-speed DSG 60.1 110 26,260.00
2.0-litre TDI 150 3 door 6-speed man 68.9 106 24,695.00
2.0-litre TDI 150 5 door 6-speed man 68.9 106 25,350.00
2.0-litre TDI 150 5 door 6-speed DSG 62.8 119 26,765.00

Humbler VW Golf 1.4TSI 122PS have had a power hike to 125PS which has brought a reduction in CO2 from 123g/km to 116g/km and dropped them into the £30pa VED bracket.

June 2015

Golf BlueMotion TSI goes on sale

Powered by a new three-cylinder 1.0-litre 115PS turbocharged petrol engine, the new Golf TSI BlueMotion returns 65.7mpg on the combined cycle with emissions of just 99 g/km. Also available for the first time with a BlueMotion engine is the option of a DSG automatic gearbox. These cars combine the economy benefits of a diesel with the upfront price benefits of a petrol, with the Golf Match TSI BlueMotion costing £19,740 RRP OTR. The first deliveries of these cars are due in September.

Unlike the diesel BlueMotion model which is based on the entry-level S, the Golf TSI BlueMotion comes as standard in Match trim. As such it benefits from equipment highlights including ESC, XDS and seven airbags, an Automatic Post Collision Braking System, a PreCrash system, cruise control, stop/start with battery regeneration and driver alert (NB ACC and Front Assist are not standard). The Golf Match TSI BlueMotion has 16-inch ‘Dover’ alloy wheels.

Golf hatchback Gearbox Body Combined
mpg
CO 2
(g/km)
Price,
£ RRP OTR
Golf Match 1.0-litre TSI BlueMotion
115 PS
6-spd manual 3-door hatch 65.7 99 19,740
Golf Match 1.0-litre TSI BlueMotion
115 PS
6-spd manual 5-door hatch 65.7 99 20,395
Golf Match 1.0-litre TSI BlueMotion
115 PS
7-spd DSG 5-door hatch 65.7 99 21,810

November 2015

Golf Match BlueMotion and Golf Match Edition launched

The new cars arrive with an even higher level of specification than the Golf Match they replace. The additions offer more than £1100 in customer value if specified separately, but at a cost of just £100.

Buyers can, therefore, get behind the wheel of the new Golf Match BlueMotion Edition 1.0 115PS TSI six-speed manual three-door from £19,840 (OTR RRP). The Golf Match Edition, meanwhile, is available from £20,400 (OTR RRP) in 1.4-litre TSI 125 PS BlueMotion Technology five-speed manual three-door model form.

While the Golf Match was already one of the most comprehensively specified vehicles in its class with standard features including front and rear parking sensors, front fog lights and a mirror pack – which consists of automatically-folding door mirrors with puddle lights and reverse-activated dipping on the nearside – the new model builds on that solid foundation still further.

Smart 16-inch ‘Dover’ alloys continue to distinguish the new car, while the Discover Navigation system now fitted as standard includes a 6.5-inch colour touch-screen control system for navigation, CD and radio functions. This boasts preloaded European navigation data, two map view options, three calculated routes (Fast, Short, Eco), dynamic navigation based on TMC live traffic updates, branded points of interest and Traffic Sign display, and also features Car-Net Guide and Inform online services.

The Golf Match BlueMotion Edition is offered with a 1.0-litre TSI 115 PS engine in six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG form, both returning 65.7 mpg combined.

The Golf Match Edition is available with a 1.4-litre TSI 125 PS engine with six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearboxes returning 54.3 to 56.5 mpg combined; a 1.6-litre TDI 110 PS BlueMotion Technology engine with five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox returning 72.4 to 74.3 mpg; or a 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS BlueMotion Technology unit with six-speed manual or six-speed DSG gearbox returning 62.8 to 68.9 mpg.

December 2015

Golf GT Edition and Golf R-Line Edition announced

Golf GT Edition replaces GT trim level, and gains an additional £1,795 worth of equipment including 18-inch Durban alloy wheels, and panoramic sunroof for £300 more than GT. Prices from £23,915 RRP OTR. Golf R-Line Edition replaces the R-Line trim for an increase of £250 OTR and gets additional £1,730-worth of equipment including larger 18-inch Serron alloys wheels and a panoramic sunroof. The Golf R-Line Edition available to order from £24,860 RRP OTR, with deliveried from early in 2016.

February 2017

Updated Volkswagen Golf goes on sale

Starting price of £17,625 (RRP OTR) remains the same for the entry-level updated Golf S 1.0 TSI 85 PS three-door.

Equipment includes the option of new Discover Navigation Pro radio-navigation and online system that can be operated via gesture control. With a 9.2-inch screen, the system complements the Active Info Display that is also new in the Golf and appears as standard on all Performance Golfs. Meanwhile, the range of online services and apps has also been enlarged.

The UK line-up starts with S and rises through SE, SE Nav, GT, R-Line, GTE, GTE Advance, e-Golf, GTD and GTD BlueLine to GTI, GTI Performance and, ultimately, R.

Golf estate are available as S, SE, SE Nav, GT and GTD and GTD BlueLine models being joined by Alltrack and R.

The 2017 Golf sees the debut of the turbocharged petrol 1.5 TSI Evo – a new four-cylinder engine that generates 150 PS and features Active Cylinder Management (ACT). This is accompanied by a BlueMotion version developing 130 PS and featuring a complete engine shut-down function (as in the hybrid Golf GTE). The 2017 Golf GTI now develops 230 PS, or 245 PS in GTI Performance guise. The range-topping Golf R gets more power boasting a peak output of 310 PS: enough for a 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds.

Design changes include new bumpers front and rear, new halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights or full LED headlights – standard in higher specification cars and optional in other models – instead of xenon headlights; new front wings; and, as mentioned, new full LED rear lights as standard for all Golf versions.

New wheel designs and body colours round out the exterior update, while new trim panels and materials also upgrade the interior of the Golf.

Updated Volkswagen Golf and Golf Estate (wave 1)
Model Engine Gearbox Doors Power CO 2
(g/km)
OTR
RRP
Golf S 1.4 TSI BMT Manual 3 125 120 £18,665.00
Golf S 1.4 TSI BMT Manual 5 125 120 £19,320.00
Golf S 1.4 TSI BMT DSG 5 125 119 £20,735.00
Golf S 1.6 TDI BMT Manual 3 115 106 £19,770.00
Golf S 1.6 TDI BMT Manual 5 115 106 £20,425.00
Golf SE 1.0 TSI BMT Manual 3 110 109 £18,715.00
Golf SE 1.0 TSI BMT Manual 5 110 109 £19,370.00
Golf SE 1.0 TSI BMT DSG 5 110 107 £20,785.00
Golf SE 1.4 TSI BMT Manual 3 125 120 £19,415.00
Golf SE 1.4 TSI BMT Manual 5 125 120 £20,070.00
Golf SE 1.4 TSI BMT DSG 5 125 119 £21,485.00
Golf SE 1.6 TDI BMT Manual 3 115 106 £20,520.00
Golf SE 1.6 TDI BMT Manual 5 115 106 £21,175.00
Golf SE 1.6 TDI BMT DSG 5 115 102 £22,590.00
Golf SE 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 3 150 109 £21,920.00
Golf SE 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 5 150 109 £22,575.00
Golf SE 2.0 TDI BMT DSG 5 150 117 £23,990.00
Model Engine Gearbox Doors Power CO 2 (g/km) OTR RRP
Golf SE Nav 1.0 TSI BMT Manual 3 110 109 £19,465.00
Golf SE Nav 1.0 TSI BMT Manual 5 110 109 £20,120.00
Golf SE Nav 1.0 TSI BMT DSG 5 110 107 £21,535.00
Golf SE Nav 1.4 TSI BMT Manual 3 125 120 £20,165.00
Golf SE Nav 1.4 TSI BMT Manual 3 125 120 £20,820.00
Golf SE Nav 1.4 TSI BMT DSG 5 125 119 £22,235.00
Golf SE Nav 1.6 TDI BMT Manual 3 115 106 £21,270.00
Golf SE Nav 1.6 TDI BMT Manual 5 115 106 £21,925.00
Golf SE Nav 1.6 TDI BMT DSG 5 115 102 £23,340.00
Golf SE Nav 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 3 150 109 £22,670.00
Golf SE Nav 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 5 150 109 £23,325.00
Golf SE Nav 2.0 TDI BMT DSG 5 150 117 £24,740.00
Golf GT 1.6 TDI BMT Manual 3 115 109 £22,670.00
Golf GT 1.6 TDI BMT Manual 5 115 109 £23,325.00
Golf GT 1.6 TDI BMT DSG 5 115 105 £24,740.00
Golf GT 1.6 TDI BMT DSG 5 115 105 £24,740.00
Golf GT 1.6 TDI BMT DSG 5 115 105 £24,740.00
Golf GT 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 3 150 111 £24,070.00
Golf GT 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 5 150 111 £24,725.00
Golf GT 2.0 TDI BMT DSG 5 150 120 £26,140.00
Golf R-Line 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 3 150 111 £25,065.00
Golf R-Line 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 5 150 111 £25,720.00
Golf R-Line 2.0 TDI BMT DSG 5 150 120 £27,135.00
Golf GTD BlueLine 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 3 184 116 £27,065.00
Golf GTD BlueLine 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 5 184 119 £27,720.00
Golf GTD BlueLine 2.0 TDI BMT DSG 3 184 122 £28,480.00
Golf GTD BlueLine 2.0 TDI BMT DSG 5 184 122 £29,135.00
Golf GTD 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 3 184 122 £27,065.00
Golf GTD 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 5 184 125 £27,720.00
Golf GTD 2.0 TDI BMT DSG 3 184 129 £28,480.00
Model Engine Gearbox Doors Power CO 2
(g/km)
OTR RRP
Golf GTD 2.0 TDI BMT DSG 3 184 129 £28,480.00
Golf GTD 2.0 TDI BMT DSG 5 184 129 £29,135.00
Golf GTI 2.0 TSI BMT Manual 3 230 148 £27,865.00
Golf GTI 2.0 TSI BMT Manual 5 230 148 £28,520.00
Golf GTI 2.0 TSI BMT DSG 3 230 145 £29,280.00
Golf GTI 2.0 TSI BMT DSG 5 230 148 £29,935.00
Golf R 2.0 TSI BMT Manual 3 310 180 £31,865.00
Golf R 2.0 TSI BMT Manual 5 310 180 £32,520.00
Golf R 2.0 TSI BMT DSG 3 310 160 £33,280.00
Golf R 2.0 TSI BMT DSG 5 310 163 £33,935.00
Golf S Estate 1.4 TSI BMT Manual 5 125 123 £20,370.00
Golf S Estate 1.4 TSI BMT DSG 5 125 118 £21,785.00
Golf S Estate 1.6 TDI BMT Manual 5 90 106 £20,225.00
Golf S Estate 1.6 TDI BMT Manual 5 115 106 £21,475.00
Golf SE Estate 1.0 TSI BMT Manual 5 110 112 £20,420.00
Golf SE Estate 1.0 TSI BMT DSG 5 110 110 £21,835.00
Golf SE Estate 1.4 TSI BMT Manual 5 125 123 £21,120.00
Golf SE Estate 1.4 TSI BMT DSG 5 125 118 £22,535.00
Golf SE Estate 1.6 TDI BMT Manual 5 115 106 £22,225.00
Golf SE Estate 1.6 TDI BMT DSG 5 115 103 £23,640.00
Golf SE Estate 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 5 150 111 £23,625.00
Golf SE Estate 2.0 TDI BMT DSG 5 150 (tbc) £25,040.00
Golf SE Nav Estate 1.0 TSI BMT Manual 5 110 112 £21,170.00
Model Engine Gearbox Doors Power CO 2 (g/km) OTR RRP
Golf SE Nav Estate 1.0 TSI BMT DSG 5 110 110 £22,585.00
Golf SE Nav Estate 1.4 TSI BMT Manual 5 125 123 £21,870.00
Golf SE Nav Estate 1.4 TSI BMT DSG 5 125 118 £23,285.00
Golf SE Nav Estate 1.6 TDI BMT Manual 5 115 106 £22,975.00
Golf SE Nav Estate 1.6 TDI BMT DSG 5 115 103 £24,390.00
Golf SE Nav Estate 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 5 150 111 £24,375.00
Golf SE Nav Estate 2.0 TDI BMT DSG 5 150 (tbc) £25,790.00
Golf GT Estate 1.6 TDI BMT Manual 5 115 109 £24,375.00
Golf GT Estate 1.6 TDI BMT DSG 5 115 106 £25,790.00
Golf GT Estate 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 5 150 113 £25,775.00
Golf GT Estate 2.0 TDI BMT DSG 5 150 (tbc) £27,190.00
Golf Alltrack 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 5 150 129 £28,575.00
Golf Alltrack 2.0 TDI BMT DSG 5 184 137 £30,990.00
Golf GTD BlueLine Estate 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 5 184 (tbc) £28,770.00
Golf GTD BlueLine Estate 2.0 TDI BMT DSG 5 184 (tbc) £30,185.00
Golf GTD Estate 2.0 TDI BMT Manual 5 184 (tbc) £28,770.00
Golf GTD Estate 2.0 TDI BMT DSG 5 184 (tbc) £30,185.00
Golf R Estate 2.0 TSI BMT DSG 5 310 (tbc) £34,985.00

June 2017

1.5 TSI goes on sale

Available with a 150PS while a 130PS BlueMotion version will be added shortly after.

Active Cylinder Management (ACM) is an integral part of these new EVO units’ efficiency. ACM technology shuts down cylinders when the driver lifts their foot off the throttle. In the 150PS unit two of the four cylinders are shut down while in the 130PS BlueMotion version all four cylinders are paused when the car is coasting.

With 150PS output it develops maximum torque of 250Nm from just 1500 rpm hauling the Golf hatch, whether with the six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG, from rest to 62 mph in only 8.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 134 mph.

Combined economy is put at 55.4mpg for the 150PS 1.5 TSI EVO hatchback in six-speed manual form (56.5mpg for the DSG-equipped hatchback), with CO2 figures of 116g/km for the manual and 114g/km for the DSG automatic.

January 2018

1.5 TSI 130 BlueMotion introduced

Focused on even better fuel economy, the 130 PS 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine features a full shut-down mode. When the car is cruising, all four cylinders can temporarily turn off. As soon as more power is needed, the engine restarts. 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. In the Golf hatch this new BlueMotion engine takes the car from a standing start to 62 mph in 8.8 seconds, whether the six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox is selected. The 130PS of peak power is reached between 5000 and 6000 rpm.

December 2018

SE and SE Nav models replaced by Match edition

Volkswagen has replaced the entry-level SE and SE Nav models with a new Match trim level.

In addition to the standard equipment on the outgoing SE and SE Navigation models, new Match specification Golfs now receive a new alloy wheel design, front fog lights, Discover Navigation and tinted rear windows as standard.

The additional equipment, in combination with a small price revision, mean that like-for-like, Volkswagen says the Golf Match offers a saving of over £300 compared with the SE Navigation specification. In hatchback form, the Golf Match is priced at £20,510, equipped with Volkswagen’s efficient 115 PS 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine.

The Golf Estate Match is priced at £22,385, and the spacious Golf SV Match at £22,745, meaning savings over similarly-engined models of over £400 for Golf Estate SE, and Golf Estate SE Navigation, and more than £300 for Golf SV SE and SE Navigation.

The Golf Match is available with a wide array of engine options, including the efficient 1.0-litre TSI 115 PS petrol engine; 1.5-litre TSI petrol engines with outputs of either 130 PS or 150 PS; and the 115 PS 1.6-litre and 150 PS 2.0-litre TDI diesel units.

Golf GTI Performance and R models will also receive keyless entry as standard on five-door models, as well as a rear view camera, and lane assist with dynamic.

The new Golf Match models are available to order now. Deliveries of the first examples of the Golf Match are expected to start in January 2019.

September 2019

New Edition trim levels for Volkswagen Golf

The Volkswagen Golf is now available with three new trim levels: Match Edition, GT Edition and R-Line Edition, all bringing extra equipment over the outgoing trims on which they are based.

The three new trim levels replace the existing Match, GT and R-Line specs, and cost £400 more than the trims they replace. They add two-zone climate control, LED headlights and Winter Pack (including heated front seats) – optional extras worth £1,910 when equipped individually.

As per Volkswagen UK tradition, Edition trim levels are introduced as the Golf nears the end of its current generation.

Orders are now open for the enhanced Edition trims, with deliveries commencing in October. Customers who ordered one of the three outgoing trims after 16 September will be automatically upgraded to Match Edition, GT Edition or R-Line Edition.

What does a Volkswagen Golf (2013) cost?

List Price from £23,900
Buy new from £20,095
Contract hire from £169.20 per month