Volkswagen UK announced that they are now open to accepting bookings for the new seventh gen Golf hatchback. The new Golf is available from £16,285* (RRP OTR) and rising to £24,880. Apart from this, Volkswagen has won two awards in the small family used car category with the Passat Estate and Golf hatchback winning the honors. The Volkswagen Golf 1.6 liter TDi and the Passat Estate 2.0 liter TDI SE engine won the honors in the small family used car category and Estate category respectively.
The Golf was highly contested by the Ford Focus which boasts of similar characteristics, however, the superior quality and better residual values of the Golf enabled it to stand out among the rest. The Passat Estate stood out when its spacious interiors as also the quality and handling were considered.
To add to this, the Passat Estate ranges are being infused with satellite navigation functionalities. The Highline will be outfitted with the RNS 315 touch screen functionality along with rear parking sensors, 2 Zone climate control and 17” alloy wheels by ‘Sao Paolo’.
The navigation unit makes use of a color touch screen display with traffic monitoring systems. A multi device interface is also present which allows for devices like iPods, MP3 players and USB’s to be connected with ease. A wide range of engines and transmission boxes make the Passat range one of the best investments in the market these days.
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VOLKSWAGEN TEES UP NEW GOLF FOR FIRST CUSTOMER ORDERS
The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf opens for ordering today, with prices starting below those of the previous model, at just £16,285* (RRP OTR) and rising to £24,880.
The latest Golf is 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 – some 1.6 million of these in the UK. From launch, the Golf is available in the UK in three trim levels: S, SE and GT (GTI and BlueMotion models join the line-up in 2013). Four petrol engines and two diesel engines are available, in either three- or five-door form.
The petrol engine range starts with a four-cylinder 1.2-litre TSI unit producing 85 PS, rising via a 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS and a 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS motor to the 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS with Active Cylinder Technology, which is capable of 60.1 mpg (combined cycle) and 110 g/km (with DSG gearbox), thanks to the ability to deactivate two cylinders under light loads.
The diesel engines at launch are a 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS and a new 2.0-litre TDI 150 PS unit. Both feature the latest common rail diesel technology for maximum efficiency. All new Golf models – both diesel and petrol – come with a Stop/Start system as standard, along with battery regeneration. Gearboxes are a mixture of five- and six-speed manuals, and six- and seven-speed DSG units, depending on the engines’ power and torque outputs.
All Golf models come with seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, five three-point seatbelts, ABS with ESP, XDS electronic differential lock and Isofix preparation for two rear child seats. The entry-level Composition Media system includes a 5.8-inch colour touchscreen, DAB digital radio, a CD player, MDI interface (for connecting iPod or MP3 player), Bluetooth telephone preparation and audio streaming and eight speakers. Also standard is ‘Climatic’ semi-automatic air conditioning, among a host of other features.
Moving from S to SE trim brings an outstanding range of features, including standard ADC Automatic Distance Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, which can even bring the vehicle to a complete halt if necessary, a Driver Alert System, PreCrash preventative occupant protection, Driver Profile Selection, rain-sensitive wipers, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror and dusk sensor (automatic driving lights).
The GT model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, ‘Cherry Red’ rear light clusters, heat-insulating dark-tinted rear glass, electrically foldable door mirrors with puddle lights, and front and rear parking sensors with visual display. Inside are gloss black inserts, Alcantara and cloth sports seats, LED reading lights, ambient lighting and the Discover Navigation media system with 5.8-inch colour touchscreen.
Options include high beam assist, lane assist, park assist, ACC adaptive chassis control, a rear-view camera, Discover Pro navigation system with eight-inch colour touchscreen, keyless entry and a panoramic sunroof.
Volkswagen Retailers begin taking orders for the new Golf today, 19 October, with first deliveries due from the car’s official on-sale date of 7 January 2013.
SATELLITE NAVIGATION AND MORE PUTS NEW PASSAT HIGHLINE ON THE MAP
Volkswagen is boosting the popular Passat and Passat Estate ranges with the addition of a new model, the Highline, which replaces the best-selling SE model. Over the already generous equipment list of the Passat SE, the Highline adds an RNS 315 touchscreen satellite navigation unit, front and rear parking sensors, 2Zone climate control and stylish 17-inch ‘Sao Paolo’ alloy wheels. Together, they add £1,680-worth of value, yet the Passat Highline commands a premium of just £500 over the SE, with prices starting at £20,970 (RRP OTR) for the 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS.
The Passat and Passat Estate come as standard with a host of options to make driving safer and more comfortable, including a Driver Alert System that monitors for signs of fatigue, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth. The Passat Highline also features cruise control, a flat tyre indicator, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a six-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support.
The RNS 315 touchscreen satellite navigation system, previously a £750 option, includes a full-colour screen and traffic monitoring. As with all media systems in the Passat, it also features a multi-device interface, to allow connection of MP3 players and iPods (there is also a built-in Bluetooth music streaming facility, for those who prefer wireless links).
Front and rear parking sensors, previously £430, offer both an audible and visual guide (via the screen of the RNS 315), and also mean that Volkswagen’s Park Assist system, which allows the Passat to park itself in spaces parallel or perpendicular to the road, is now available as a great-value £195 option.
A 2Zone climate control system (worth £500) allows precise control of the temperature of each side of the cabin, down to half-degree increments. The driver and front seat passenger simply select the desired temperatures and the system automatically regulates the heating, air conditioning and air flow to achieve these.
The Passat Highline and Passat Estate Highline are available with a range of engines including 1.4-litre TSI 122 PS and 1.8-litre TSI 160 PS petrols, and 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS and 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS diesels. Gearboxes include five- and six-speed manuals and six- and seven-speed DSG units. The Passat Highline can be ordered from Volkswagen Retailers now, with some vehicles in stock for immediate delivery. The Passat range starts at £20,970 on the road.
VOLKSWAGEN TAKES DOUBLE HONOURS AT WHAT CAR? USED CAR AWARDS
Volkswagen has once again been honoured with two class victories in the What Car? Used Car of the Year awards. The Passat Estate won the Estate car category, while the Golf hatchback claimed the Small Family used car award.
The 2012 What Car? Used Car of the Year judging panel was made up of experts from all areas of the motor industry including car dealerships, auction houses and What Car? itself.
Winning the Small Family used car award was the 2010 Volkswagen Golf 1.6-litre TDI Match five-door. What Car? editor, John McIlroy, commented: ‘The Volkswagen Golf has numerous What Car? awards – both as new and used. As a used car in 2012, no other small family car can match the Golf for financial reasons, practicality, fun and comfort. It’s a great all round package.’
The judges added: ‘The Golf had to fight off a strong challenge from the Ford Focus this year, which drives brilliantly and has the space and practicality to match its German rival. However, the Golf’s superior build quality and better residual values mean it’s worth investing the extra; you’ll certainly appreciate your choice of car when you come to sell it.’
Volkswagen’s trusted load-carrier, the Passat Estate, triumphed in the Estate car category for the second consecutive year. The winning model was the 2008 Volkswagen Passat 2.0-litre TDI SE, of which McIlroy stated: ‘The Volkswagen Passat is our used estate of the year because it offers a classy image, sharp handling as well as a cavernous interior alongside great build quality and competitive servicing costs. It’s a hard package to beat.’
Elsewhere, the Polo, Golf GTI, Tiguan, Touran and Passat were also named runners-up in their respective categories.
It’s not only the products which make Volkswagens a good used buy, but also the service. In April 2011, Volkswagen completed the roll-out of its ‘Das Welt Auto’ used car programme which is designed to make the purchase of a secondhand car as appealing as the new car process. More details can be found at www.volkswagen.co.uk/used.
The December issue of What Car? magazine with the full results of its Used Car of the Year awards is available to purchase now.