Meet The New Golf, Same As The Old Golf

Posted by: Matt Iasenzaniro onMarch 27th, 2013

The Mk7 Golf was unveiled to the world over a year ago. Europeans have been driving them for months and even Australia has a line on acquiring them before us but today, in New York, Volkswagen officially unveiled the latest Golf and GTI to America.

Despite being a new generation, the new Golf is more evolution than revolution. The entire vehicle is slightly larger, with a longer wheelbase and more interior space. The nose is a little thinner, the lights have some stronger angles, but everybody will still immediately recognize it as a Golf. Inside, the interior remains very similar to the outgoing generation with vents, nav screen, controls and steering wheel all being familiar to anybody with a Mk6.

So what sets the new model apart? The most significant feature is that the new Golf is based on VW Group’s new MQB platform. The modular chassis will be part of most of VW’s front wheel drive vehicles, from small cars to minivans and SUVs, for the near future and is designed to improve the efficiency of the manufacturing process and reduce costs at the same time. The rest of the differences are little things that you don’t think you want until you’ve got them. Adaptive cruise-control, automatic braking on collision detection, lane keeping assistant and automatic parking control. The GTI gets a slight bump in power, up to 214 hp (224 with optional performance pack), and loses 100 kg of weight so it should be the quickest and most nimble model to date.

VW took one of the most successful cars in the world and made it a little bit better, without compromising what made it great in the first place.

Solid strategy, if you ask me.

When he’s not busy writing about cars or travelling the auto show circuit, he’s reviewing apps and video games related to the automotive world. In his spare time, Matt is a motorcycle enthusiast, trying not to kill himself riding along with the crazy local drivers. He is also a weekly contributor in the Motor Mondays segment on News Talk 770.

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