One of the best selling cars the world has seen, Volkswagen Golf was recently spied in India. The seventh generation Golf which was spied on test is the TSI Bluemotion variant which is powered by a three cylinder 1.0 liter petrol turbocharged engine generating 115 PS power and 200 Nm torque.
Mated either to a 6 speed manual gearbox or to a 7 speed DSG, fuel efficiency claimed stands at 23.25 kmpl, while top speed stands at 204 kmph. In Germany, the Volkswagen Golf TSi Bluemotion variant price starts from €20,450 ($22,448).
Built on the new Volkswagen MQB platform, Golf is a large premium hatchback. Its dimensions stand at 4255 mm long, 1790 mm wide and 1452 mm tall. It has a wheelbase of 2637 mm, making it longer and wider than all compact sedans on sale in India.
Buyers in India consider hatchbacks as small cars, even when they are longer and larger than sedans. Cars being directly proportional to one’s social status, hatchbacks always come below sedans in the social ladder. This is why the market for large hatchbacks has failed to thrive in India.
So what is the Golf doing in India. Well, time and again, VW Group has used Indian road conditions to benchmark their global cars. For India, Volkswagen has announced plans to launch a new compact sedan, below the existing Vento. This will be launched in H1 2016, after it makes global debut at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo.
Volkswagen Golf TSI Bluemotion – Photos
Spy shots – PowerDrift