Volkswagen is sending its sixth generation of Golf out into the world. The Golf is a phenomenon, regardless of its particular generation. This style icon defies all automotive and social class distinctions and has come to represent the benchmark in its segment. The Golf is the only one that always fits right, and the new one is even better fitting.
The team headed up by the Group’s chief designer, the Italian Walter de Silva, has succeeded in giving the Golf a presence, a sharpness, a power that generates even more fun. Data such as an average fuel consumption of 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres for a 103kW TDI with the manual transmission put fuel prices in their place. Upon request, the Golf can park itself nearly automatically in the city thanks to the optional “Park Assist”, and at the push of a button it can transform itself from a cruiser to a sports car when the new optional “Adaptive Chassis Control” system is fitted.
Above all, the car exhibits a standard of quality never before attained in this price class. Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board at Volkswagen AG, sums it up: “This sixth generation of Golf cars will completely redefine the quality and comfort level of its class over broad categories, offering more customer value than ever before”.
The clear and powerful styling of the Golf being offered in the “Trendline” and “Comfortline” equipment lines is showing the entire brand the way to the future.
The Volkswagen’s acoustic properties and overall comfort tear down class distinctions. Innovative engine and transmission technologies reduce fuel consumption.
Assistance systems such as “Adaptive Chassis Control” and “Park Assist” – bring additional top technologies to the Golf class. A new ESP system, with finer response over its control range, further optimised crash properties, seven airbags including a knee airbag, the safety optimised head restraints (WOKS) that work to counteract whiplash trauma and daytime running lights provide for a maximum level of safety.
The exceptionally high value of the new Golf is reflected par excellence in its stylish design; all key body elements were redesigned: “We have cast the Golf’s core components in a precise new mould”, explains Walter de Silva. He emphasizes this: “The Golf is the global icon of car making. So the architecture and styling of this new model are also absolutely clear and unique.” At the same time, the sixth Golf has a sportier and more distinctive image than any previous generation of the model series. “It is more accentuated, more three-dimensional than its predecessor; with precisely defined lines and edges, and with finely proportioned flared surfaces and recesses,” said De Silva. And Klaus Bischoff, Chief Designer for the brand, adds: “Every detail is uncompromisingly aimed at improving value.”
Especially in a direct comparison of generations V and VI, it becomes evident just how much the new Golf has changed. The design team – headed up by Walter de Silva, Klaus Bischoff and the Group’s director for creative design, Flavio Manzoni – crystallized out the Golf’s essential DNA and sent it on a trip to the future.
Style features include the clarity of the first generation’s front end and the C-pillar that was perfected in the fourth generation.
The roof section now rests on a prominently contoured shoulder section. Responsible for this is a dominant curved line that extends from the headlights back to the taillights. This side profile line – which Volkswagen Design calls the “character line” – also gives the Golf a fuller, lower stance on the road from a lateral perspective.
All body surfaces are more relaxed, more athletic. In front, the new car adopts the radiator grille of the first Golf generation that is horizontally aligned between the headlights; the grille itself is in high-gloss black. The lines of the bumper match those of the radiator grille. Beneath this is a section with another air scoop. Also presented over a black background are the chrome light housings of the dynamically styled headlamps.
The rear too is characterized by a predominance of horizontal lines. The taillights – now very wide – are marked among other things by an unmistakably unique night design. Overall, the new Golf – in the interplay of all of its design characteristics – gives the appearance of a significantly wider, flatter and higher end car.
The car’s exceptionally high value also applies to the newly designed interior, whose refined surfaces and features completely transform class distinctions, both to the touch and visually, especially in the cockpit area. The appearance and layout of materials – as well as details such as brushed chrome accents and round instruments and steering wheels – leave the impression that one is actually sitting in a car of the next higher segment. Ergonomic properties of the car’s interior were also further developed.
For example, all controls are even easier to use. They include controls for the automatic climate control system, the RNS 510 satellite navigation system with touch screen and the power window controls that are now located further forward in the door trim, making them easier to access.
There is a common thread here: Volkswagen’s typical attention to perfection of every detail in the car. Take the example of the optional leather seats: a new, more robust leather is being used for the first time on the Golf. Or the outside mirrors: thanks to their aerodynamically optimized shape they get significantly less dirty. They are easier to adjust from the inside, since the power mirror adjustment control is now located higher and further forward on the door trim.
The new Golf is characterized by first-class acoustic properties. A special sound-damping film in the windshield reduces driving noises, as does the newly developed seal design on the doors and side window guides. Significantly less wind noise is generated by the outside mirrors due to their new shape. Furthermore, special modifications were made to better isolate the engine and passenger compartments from one another acoustically. Quiet rolling tyres and new engine bearings round out the noise reduction program.
Making a significant contribution to the pioneering acoustic properties of the Golf is the exceptionally quiet common rail TDI engine being implemented on the Golf for the first time. Two balancer shafts eliminate undesirable vibrations. At its Australian market launch Volkswagen will be offering a 2.0 litre TDI engine in the Diesel range; it delivers 103 kW and is fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). The new TDI is exceptionally fuel efficient. The manual 103 kW diesel is satisfied with just 5.3 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (139 g/km CO2).
Initially, two variants of the petrol engines will be offered; a turbocharged 90kW TSI and a turbo and supercharged 118kW TSI. Both petrol engines are pioneers in economy. The optimized 90 kW entry-level engine with DSG transmission consumes just 6.2 litres of premium unleaded petrol per hundred kilometres (143 g/km CO2). The turbo and supercharged engine once again makes its appearance as a prime example of efficiency, with the 118 kW manual transmission, the new Golf 1.4 TSI consumes just 6.2 liters of premium unleaded petrol per hundred kilometres (150 g/km CO2).
All petrol and diesel engines may be paired with Volkswagen’s dual clutch transmission (DSG). The two petrol engines use a new 7-speed DSG transmission while the high-torque diesel is available with a 6-speed DSG.
Pricing for the Golf remains unchanged from the previous generation which starts at $25,990 for the 1.4 TSI 90kW manual and rises to $35,690 for the 2.0-litre TDI with a six-speed DSG transmission.
Automatic transmission: 6 and 7-speed DSG
Body: four doors with tailgate; key body sections are galvanized
Cargo area: 350 litre to 1,305 litre, 828 mm to 1,581 mm long
Chassis: MacPherson front suspension, multi-link rear suspension, ESP is standard, Adaptive Chassis Control (optional)
Colours: “Candy White”, “Deep Black Pear Effect”, “Reflex Silver Metallic”, “Shark Blue Metallic“, “Amaryllis Red Metallic“, “United Grey Metallic“, “Silver Leaf Metallic”
Debut in Germany: Generation I: 1974
Debut in Germany: Generation II: 1983
Debut in Germany: Generation III: 1991
Debut in Germany: Generation IV: 1997
Debut in Germany: Generation V: 2003
Debut in Germany: Generation VI: 2008
Design: Walter de Silva (Group), Klaus Bischoff (Brand), Flavio Manzoni (Creative Design), Marc Lichte (Model)
Dimensions: 4,199 mm long, 1,785 mm wide, 1,479 mm tall, track width, front 1,540 mm; track width, rear 1,513 mm
Drive: front wheel
Engine range: 90 kW to 118 kW; starting at 90 kW all petrol engines are charged TSI engines; the diesel is a new common rail TDI engine with diesel particulate filter (DPF)
Engines – diesel: at launch with 103 kW
Engines – petrol: at launch with 90 kW and 118 kW
Equipment lines: Trendline, Comfortline
Fuel consumption range: 5.3 litres to 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres
High-tech driving systems: Adaptive Chassis Control, Park Assist with front and rear parking sensors, Rear View Camera
Infotainment: RCD 310 (standard) and RNS 510 (optional) radio-navigation systems; Media Device Interface (MDI) (optional), AUX-IN port (standard), Dynaudio Excitesound system
Market launch: starting in March 2009
Produced Golf cars, total: more than 26 million
Production sites: Wolfsburg and Mosel, Germany
Standard equipment: includes ESP, seven airbags, air conditioning system, electro-mechanical power steering, power windows in front and rear, Multi Functional Display, remote central locking, driver’s seat height adjustable
Standard transmission: 6-speed manual transmission
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