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Volkswagen Golf Mk7 at Paris 2012
Volkswagen Golf Mk7 at the 2012 Paris Motor Show
The seventh generation of the perennial VW Golf makes a welcome debut this month in Paris. It's a case of gentle evolution rather than revolution, with detail tweaks to almost every aspect, ensuring that the Golf retains the crown in the crowded hatchback market.
What is it?
It's the Golf we all know and love, only better. Aside from updated engines - the pick of which is the 110hp 1.6-litre Bluemotion diesel capable of a staggering 94mpg - the interior is the big highlight, improving on VW's already high standards to offer an ambience not yet seen in a mainstream hatchback.
Facing ever more talented competition, VW has raided the options lists of its more expensive cars to offer the Golf with some seriously upmarket kit. The new model will be available with Adaptive Cruise Control, Automated Parking and Traffic Sign Recognition, while an Electronic Differential Lock will ensure maximum traction.
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Those of you expecting a radically altered design will be disappointed. The Mk7 Golf sports slimmer headlights and tightened-up bodywork to keep it fresh, but otherwise it looks pretty much as before. VW obviously didn't want to fiddle with the recipe too much, given that the Golf is its best-selling, brand defining car.
How much and when?
The Mk7 Golf will be with us as soon as November, according to Volkswagen. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but entry-level models are likely to start from around £18,000. For a mid-range diesel model equipped with a few desirable extras, expect that price to rise to around £22,000.
Anything else I should know?
VW says the Golf is up to 100kg lighter than the old one - a refreshing figure in the face of ever-bloated kerb weights. This not only benefits fuel consumption and emissions, but also promises a positive effect on handling dynamics. It certainly bodes well for the new GTI version also shown here...
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