New VW Golf revealed
06 August 2008
Volkswagen, one of fleet's favourite brands, has revealed the first official pictures and details of the all-new Golf, which is set to go on sale in the UK at the start of 2009.
The jewel in the crown of VW's latest Golf will be a new 2.0-litre 110PS diesel that drops below 120g/km, and despite appearances this is an all-new model, the sixth over a 34-year history.
Arriving in the UK next January, the latest incarnation will cost a little more than the current model and feature a host of technical innovations.
It is almost identical in size to its predecessor, with the two cars sharing a wheelbase. The new version is, however, shorter at the front overhang and longer at the rear.
The company's Adaptive Chassis Control system, standard on the new Scirocco, will be available on the new Golf, as will Automatic Distance Control, which monitors the area around the vehicle and can reduce its speed if an obstruction is spotted.
A driver's knee airbag lifts the number of airbags to seven in total, and VW claims to have enhanced its ESP anti-skid software along with developing a new head-restraint system to cut whiplash injuries.
Of the four petrol and four diesel engines on offer, it's the 110PS 2.0-litre TDI that's of most interest. It emits the same level of CO2, 119g/km, as the current Bluemotion Golf and its fuel economy is just 0.1mpg lower at 62.7mpg.
A VW spokesman said there will also be a Bluemotion version of the new Golf due next summer, offering "significantly better emissions and economy" than the current version.
The rest of the Golf range will also be updated, starting with a new GTi coming next spring and followed over the next 18 months by new versions of the Jetta, Golf Estate, Golf Plus and Touran.