Volkswagen unveiled last week the new Golf 7. It is one of the most important models for the German automaker, considering that the Golf is Europe’s bestselling vehicle (240, 020 Golfs during the first half of 2012). The car is the company’s mass-market flagship, having sold 29 million since it was introduced in 1974.
The new Golf looks much like the old one somehow, but the key differences are on the inside. The car has been completely redesigned, based on a new common mechanical structure for the chassis, engine and other basic parts.
The new Golf 7 vs Golf 6
4 255 mm long (56 mm longer than the previous model), 1 799 mm wide (13 mm wider than Golf 6) and 1 452 mm tall (28 mm lower). By utilising advanced steel-forming technologies, Volkswagen has managed to make the Golf 7 some 100 kg lighter than the current car.
Interior space has also been improved, with rear leg room increased by 15mm and the front seats have been moved back by 20mm, to aid taller drivers. There is more space in the boot as well, going up from 350 litres to 380 litres.
77kW 1.6-litre TDI – 3.8 litres per 100km – CO2 emissions of 99g/km
77kW 1.6-litre TDI BlueMotion – 3.2 litres per 100km ( that’s Prius range ) – CO2 emissions of 85g/km
103kW 1.4-litre TSI – 5.3 litres per 100km – CO2 emissions of 121g/km
103kW 1.4-litre TSI *dsg – 5.0 litres per 100km – CO2 emissions of 116g/km
read more about the new Golf 7 [Photo Gallery]