The Golf has always been a people’s car. We’ve just hit the 7th generation and yet they find ways to make it even better than the last. If you aren’t too clued up about how the new generation differs from the last couple, you are in for a treat, because this car has really turned into something that is as close to perfect as you will find in the segment.
The 1.2 TSI Trend is the baby of the range, meaning it has the least bit of nice goodies on the inside. This is what surprised me and then it struck me that it has nearly everything you need. The multifunction steering controls everything from the on board computer to the multimedia player and while your fingers can sometimes be a little bored, it will also let you cycle through the cars current driving cycles and a few other little menus.
Let’s talk about the 1.2 TSI engine in the model. As with most manufacturers going the 3 cylinder route to bring out economy and low carbon emissions, VW has decided to stay with the 4 cylinder configuration. Though only 1200cc in size, it produces a healthy 77kw and a rather strong 177nm. The lovely smooth engine is mated to a manual 6 speed transmission and it feels almost effortless working my way through the gears. The Blue Motion is also fitted with a stop/start system with brake energy recuperation.
The engine seems a little laggy if you lug it around in tall gears, but hit the loud pedal at the right time and it will put a smile on your face. Now, it’s not GTI quick, but it’s certainly no slouch either. The best thing of all is the fuel economy and under our conditions saw 7.5l/100km at worst and 5.5l/100km at best. Combine that with a rather normal size tank of 50l means your fuel range is pretty good. We did 740km on our first tank of fuel.
The interior space has a touch of modern to it, with its two-tone type inlays on the dash. This really gives it an upmarket feel, which I guess is a good thing. I was really impressed with the speaker volume, with music staying loud and pretty clear until max volume was reached. Come to think of it, I’ve always been impressed with VW’s audio setups and they just seem to be getting better.
If you look at the car, I mean really look at it; you might argue that not much has changed between the six and the seventh range? The latest model looks a little bit more aggressive in my opinion and I keep getting hints of the Scirocco in there. Either way, that is not a bad thing, because the Scirocco is one seriously good looking car. I just love the new front bumper with its big radiator airduct; it makes this 1.2l, which is aimed with consumption in mind, look like a tarmac terrorist. The 15” wheels may look a little small, but can very easily be upspecced to a larger sized alloy.
All of the Golf 7 models are equipped with ABS, Brake assist and Electronic Differential Lock. The seven also features driver and passenger front airbags, with an additional airbag for the driver’s knee’s; something which has started to become pretty popular over the last year or so.
The Golf Seven is so good that I think I’m going to start bench marking cars against it. It drives so smooth with minimal cabin noise. The driving comfort is very good with a good suspension damping to comfort ratio. If I had to start nit picking at this car I would say that they could have at least given you electric windows for the rear, but that would be the extent of it.
The Golf 7 Blue Motion 1.2 retails for a R237900. This includes a 3 year 120 000km warranty and a 5 year 90 000km service Automotion plan. Services are scheduled every 15000km.
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