VW Golf: Test Drive (continued)
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 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.