Error parsing XSLT file: \xslt\FacebookOpenGraph.xslt VW Golf: Test Drive (continued)
Cookies on Businesscar

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the Business Car website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookies at any time

BusinessCar magazine website email Awards mobile

The start point for the best source of fleet information

VW Golf: Test Drive (continued)

Date: 12 September 2008   |   Author: Tristan Young

VW Golf Mk6
Category: Lower medium
P11D price: £21,000 est.
Key rival: Ford Focus

VW will introduce two other engines when the Golf arrives in January. A 160PS 1.4 TSI engine, that like the 122PS version uses a turbo and a supercharger, and what is expected to be the biggest seller, a 110PS version of the 2.0 TDI. That engine gets below 121g/km for 13% benefit-in-kind tax.

Later in the car's life an 80PS 1.4 petrol, 102PS 1.6 petrol and a 200PS 2.0-litre GTI turbo petrol will be added, while the low-CO2 Bluemotion model targetting sub-100g/km will be powered by a new 105PS 1.6 TDI engine.

VW Golf_Page 21.gif

VW is pushing its smooth semi-automatic gearbox with the new Golf because there are significant CO2 and fuel savings from the seven-speed DSG box when coupled to the 1.4-litre petrol engines.

However, while the six-speed DSG box in the 140PS diesel works well, it has a negative impact on mpg, seeing an official figure of 52.3mpg, rather than 57.7mpg of the manual. CO2 also rises from 129g/km in the manual to 142g/km in the DSG-equipped car.

VW not only given all its launch cars the £1330 option of the semi-auto gearbox but also the £700 option of adaptive suspension, which allows the driver to select between normal, comfort and sport modes. And while the difference between these modes is noticeable, the car itself isn't very sporty. Even VW's UK product manager Joe Wilkinson only expects a 1% take-up of the option.

It is too early to have whole-life costs, but you can bet that because VW hasn't messed around with its winning formula too much, they will continue to be class-leading.

If only the driving fun levels where as high as the car's residuals, refinement and quality.