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2013-01-28 20:24

RUNNING ON ALL FOURS: The latest 4MOTION drive weighs 1.4kg less than the previous system.


2012 VW Golf R Cabriolet (Spy)

KITZBUHEL, Austria 28 January 2013 - Volkswagen is expanding the new Golf range: following the models with front-wheel drive launched at the end of 2012, the versions with 4MOTION all-wheel drive are now being unveiled. Volkswagen is thus continuing the long tradition of four-wheel drive Golf models – the first Golf with four driven wheels made its debut back in 1986

In this latest version of the Golf 4MOTION Volkswagen is using a four-wheel drive system with an enhanced, fifth-generation Haldex coupling.

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The 4MOTION drive weighs 1.4kg less than the previous system, requires no pressure accumulator and reacts quickly to influence exerted on it.

Volkswagen is offering the new Golf 4MOTION in Europe in three levels of specification (Trendline, Comfortline, and Highline) and with two turbo diesel engines that provide both high torque and great fuel efficiency. The common rail four-cylinder engines deliver 77kW and 110kW and burn 4.5 / 4.7 litres of fuel respectively per 100km.


A fuel consumption comparison between the 103kW version of the old Golf 4MOTION and the new 110kW model indicates the progress made in this regard: despite being 7kW more powerful, the 2013 Golf 4MOTION consumes 0.8 litres (15% cent) less diesel.

Like the front-wheel drive versions the new 4MOTION models are equipped as standard with a Stop/Start system and battery regeneration.

Included as standard even on the base model (Trendline) are features such as the all-wheel EDS (electronic differential lock on each axle), the XDS front and rear axle transverse lock, the electronic stabilisation programme, an automatic post-collision braking system, seven airbags, daytime running lights, aircon, power windows front and back, a multi-function display for the tip data computer and a TFT touchscreen display.

The premium payable for the permanent four-wheel drive system on the Golf 4MOTION – sold fundamentally as a four-door vehicle – is €1800 in Germany (R21 000).

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