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Golf Class

At Motor Blogger we like a car test. This time it’s the turn of the legend itself, Volkswagen’s highly regarded Golf Hatchback. In this case the model tested is the base, but not basic, S model fitted with the 1.2L TSI BlueMotion 105PS petrol engine driving through a six-speed manual gearbox. This model is a five-door.

The TSI engine combines direct injection with turbo charging that promises to maximize power from a smaller displacement while limiting fuel consumption. Meanwhile torque is available from much lower revs and maintained at most engine revolutions. This makes cars equipped with these engines more lively at lower revs, which in turn makes them more economical and cleaner.

Owners who regularly drive longer distances would probably be better served by the diesel options available for this car, but for lower mileages this modest version is hard to beat. VW reckon that in the combined cycle the Golf S can achieve as much as 57 miles to the gallon. We didn’t see that (40mpg to be precise) but then we didn’t perform any longer trips and the car was put through its paces on our evaluation cycle. We think that an overall average circa 50mpg is possible in the real world of motoring.1MB Golf Class

The traffic light charge to 62mph is achieved in a fairly brisk 10.2 seconds and, if you were allowed to do so, the 1.2L Golf can keep going to 119mph. The basic price is around £18500 although this particular car had some optional extras like alloy wheels – mobile casino the car comes with steel hoops as standard but you don’t want those – meaning the bottom line is about £20k. For what you get this is good value.

On this version all the expected safety features known only by their initials – ABS and the like – are all there in force and the price includes an excellent infotainment centre with Bluetooth, DAB, MP3, an SD card reader and much more. No satnav or reversing sensors at this price though. This doesn’t matter because the shape of the car makes it easy to park and you can always buy a navigation device or use a smartphone app.

Out on the road this classy car shows its value. Performance is perfectly adequate – this car is designed for economy after all – and good progress can be made. There’s a long third gear for ease of overtaking. The ride is, frankly, superb. Too soft for performance driving obviously, but very comfortable, as are the supportive seats. Steering is light at low speeds but weights up as speed increases; plus there is genuine feel to the steering sensation – the car feels safe and planted. It’s a Golf so build quality is as good as you would expect.  If family motoring matters more to you than performance or striking looks then there are few cars to rival it. When you shut the doors it sounds just like a Golf; it looks like a Golf so it must be a Golf.

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Golf BlueMotion – Gain More From Less

If you thought that achieving better economy was just a matter of fitting a smaller engine then, sadly, you would be wrong. It certainly helps but, as Volkswagen are showing with their new super-frugal Golf, there is plenty more that can be done to improve mpg and reduce emissions.

The Golf BlueMotion is available to buy now and offers fuel economy of 88.3 miles per gallon on the combined cycle. CO² emissions are reduced to a tax-busting 85g/km. These figures improve on the previous version of this car by a healthy fifteen percent. It is interesting to note that the previous car’s emission figure of 99g/km – excellent in its own right – is now what you could expect if you purchased a standard 1.6L Golf TDI. This is how quickly the technology is moving forward.

These improvements are not achieved by improved engine technology alone. This car is lighter by an overall 63 kilos shaved from the body and running gear. The gear ratios are longer on the six-speed manual ‘box and the Golf benefits online pokies from low rolling resistance tyres using a higher than normal pressure. Like all new Golf’s, the car offers the now expected stop/start technology coupled with a battery regeneration system.

With a subtle touch of body modification the frontal area has been reduced by 0.03m² and aerodynamic drag by ten percent. More refinements include a lowered ride height by 15 mm coupled with a whole host of minor but significant changes. They all add up to a leaner, sleeker car.

Power comes from a 1.6L 110PS common-rail diesel. Once again, a huge number of subtle changes and an amount of new technology make this engine one of the most efficient in its class. With a fifty litre tank the average ten thousand miler should only have to refuel ten times a year.

Cars like the Golf BlueMotion are never going to set the pulses racing like, say, an Italian sports car and they don’t make for a very especially exciting read either but that’s not what all drivers want. This car will sell in huge numbers to buyers who need economic, reliable family transport and there is nothing wrong with that. It helps that it is a good looking car too. At around £21,000 it isn’t the cheapest but the price includes the legendary VW build quality so overall, a bargain.

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Golf R Goes Topless

There are good cars and there are bad cars. There are slow cars and there are fast cars. Something for everyone in fact; but there is one car that, at one time or another, will be on every wish list and that is the Volkswagen Golf. Arguably, no other car has retained year on year popularity like this award winning German best seller. Something in the order of 29 million units have been built to date worldwide.

Through its various generations the Golf has been with us since 1974 and historically has been Volkswagen’s best seller and one of the most popular vehicles ever. Discerning buyers who want both good and fast can buy the legendary GTI but those seeking greater thrills may well choose the ultimate Golf, the R.

Descended from the V6 R32 that ceased production in 2008, the 2.0L turbocharged Golf R has a blistering 271bhp that offers great, useable power and driveability coupled with the safety of Volkswagen 4Motion four wheel drive system. It looks aggressive yet discreet eschewing the more flamboyant body kits featured on other brands. Now, available to order in the Spring, the company are offering the Golf R Cabriolet.

Like the hatchback this car has the bespoke ‘R’ suspension which lowers the ride height by a sporting 25mm. The same 2.0L engine is coupled to a standard six-speed DSG gearbox and is limited to 155mph which is probably fast enough. The Cabriolet is surprisingly a front-driver because the 4Motion system simply wouldn’t fit; not that open-top buyers will worry too much about that.

To differentiate this model from the others the R has a bespoke front bumper with a gloss black grill, a subtle R logo, special alloys and a body kit. Inside the well appointed interior four individual leather sports seats will cosset the occupants as the driver caresses the leather multi-function steering wheel.

An RCD 310 DAB radio is standard with a multi-device interface and the now regulation Bluetooth. The insulated hood is raised and lowered electrically via a centre console. In fact, the only snag with this car is the price. The Golf has always rightly been firmly ensconced at the premium end of the small hatchback sector but, with extras, the Golf R Cabriolet could be pushing a figure somewhere in the mid thirty thousands. That’s a lot of money and could dampen the ardour of some buyers.

Then again of course – it is a Golf.

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VW At The Forefront – Again

Everybody know the Volkswagen Golf. It is rightly considered to be a reliable and classy choice for the discerning motorist. It therefore comes as no surprise to learn that the seventh generation of this popular evergreen has been shown at the Paris Motor Show.

Over the last few years this established car has spawned a sort of frugal sibling which goes under the guise of the Golf BlueMotion. Same car but with the emphasis strongly on economy. Volkswagen clearly understand the needs of the modern motorist and are catering for it. The price of petrol dictates nothing else.

So it is then that the third generation of the BlueMotion Golf has been simultaneously announced at the Paris show – and it’s an astonishing revelation. Who would have considered just a few years ago that a car with a 1.6L diesel engine developing 110bhp could achieve 88.3 miles per gallon whilst only belching out a modest 85g/km of the smoky stuff. This is the claim made by the company.

It seems clear that because of the public’s concern about the real-world suitability of electric vehicles, at least for now, those clever engineers at VW have decided to hedge their bets with some serious conventional engine technology. The result is the success story that is BlueMotion.

This frugal Golf has been around now for five years and this is the car’s third version. At its introduction the combined figures of 62.8mpg and 119g/km seemed awesome but they pale into insignificance compared to the latest version. With a fifty litre fuel tank this car can achieve a theoretical distance of 970 miles. Even for the driver with the worst mother-in-law in the world this is probably far enough in one sitting.

Consumption figures like this can’t be achieved without some serious engine evolution. This small four cylinder motor is loaded with the latest tech – thermal management systems, reductions in internal friction (always a good thing), water-cooled intercoolers, catalytic converters, particulate filters; the list is endless and probably includes the dark arts. Whatever; this is a seriously efficient car.

But efficient doesn’t have to mean dull. This is still a Golf, so buyers can expect the legendary build quality, the usual high standard of fixtures and fittings and excellent aerodynamic properties. Needless to say there will be no point in trying a grand prix standing start against a GTi but that isn’t the reason people will buy this car. What it may lack in performance it makes up for in every other department. Although the Golf is at the more expensive end of this sector it has still got to be a great long-term buy.

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New Golf & Audi TT – New VW Technology

The new Audi TT should be on sale in 2014 and it’s an exciting prospect. It’ll appear in the usual coupé and roadster iterations and incorporate Audi’s multi-media interface along with new, sleeker styling. Enthusiasts will be less delighted with the price. It seems that Audi are taking the TT upmarket with the hot RS version moving into 911 Carrera territory.

In the interests of economy the car will share platforms with the A3 and VW’s Golf and will incorporate Volkswagen’s recently announced MQB (In English – Modular Transverse Matrix, if you must know) component set. This new or old idea (depending on your point of view) returns to the basic principles of mass production as a response to the increasing complexity of the industry. By creating a standardised, interchangeable set of parts from which to build a variety of cars, VW plans to cut the time taken to build a car by 30%.

The first car to feel the benefit of this cost saving measure will be the new VW Golf MK7 (pictured right) which will be in the showrooms later this year. Body and chassis are a hybrid of steel and aluminium panels, joined by a new riveting process with a special coating to prevent electrolytic corrosion. On average, cars will weigh 40kg lighter than today’s equivalents, the next Golf tipping the scales at much the same weight as a 1997 Golf Mk4. All engines are designed the same way with the exhaust mounted to the rear and both diesel and petrol are inclined backwards at an angle of 12 degrees, so body shells are completely unaffected by the choice of engine fitted. Even the direct injection, boosted engines themselves are modular in the way they fit together.

VW’s new family of TSI engines will all be more or less of a size yet will be easily configured into different power outputs. The weight cutting doesn’t stop with the body either. The aluminium blocks are 16kg lighter and other parts have been shaved of unnecessary pork as well. To make the units more compact the exhaust manifolds are cast as one into the cylinder head. They get a dedicated cooling circuit as does the main engine body with top and bottom cooling loops for complete efficiency. The 138bhp, 1.4L engine will incorporate active cylinder management allowing the motor to shut down two cylinders, when appropriate, to maximise economy.

As you might expect, this new generation of cars will offer the latest high-tech options including camera-based traffic sign recognition to control your speeding urges and lane detection to counter your wandering, particularly when tired. In short, the car will know when you’re nodding off. This new MQB architecture is designed to ensure that VW and it’s allied brands don’t go the way of some other companies recently. Whether or not the customer will see all this cost saving reflected in the prices remains to be seen.

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