Exclusive preview for VW Golf 7

2012-09-05 07:41

Volkswagen has previewed its big Golf 7 release in Berlin, mere weeks ahead of its official glamour unveiling at the 2012 Paris auto show.

The Golf 7, which will go on sale in South Africa early in 2013, is the latest member to an automotive dynasty spanning three decades during which more than 29-millionhave been sold.


The new car, the automaker said, will bring “new levels of comfort, practicality, safety and efficiency to the class".

New production techniques contribute to a car that is up to 100kg lighter than its predecessor which, the automaker said, will help to make it up to 23% more efficient, too.

Built on the modular (Modularer QuerBaukasten) MQB platform, the new Golf will also have a stronger body structure that will contribute to a safer car bolstered by a number of new passive and active safety systems, among them a multi-collision braking system that automatically slows the vehicle after a collision and a PreCrash system that prepares the cabin for an impending crash.

The new Golf, at 4255mm, is 56mm longer than the Golf 6. Its wheelbase is 2637mm – 59mm more than before. The front wheels have also been moved forward by 43mm (this creates more interior space) while the car is 13mm wider (1799mm) and 28mm lower at 1452mm. The automaker said drag was down by 10% to 0.27 Cd.

Rear legroom has increased by 15mm and the boot’s volume by 30 litres to 380. The front passenger seat can be folded fully forward to handle extra-long goods.

Regarding ergonomics, the centre console is angled more towards the driver for easier access to the new touchscreen infotainment systems (which has digital radio, USB ports and Bluetooth). A new electronic parking brake also frees up space between the front seats.


Electronic driver aids include adaptive cruise control; City Emergency Braking (at up to 30km/h); a Driver Alert System that monitors the driver’s input to detect signs of tiredness and a camera-assisted Lane Assist system.

The Golf’s steering now uses a variable ratio system said to offer “more agile steering in dynamic driving situations, while ensuring high-speed stability, and easy manoeuvring in the city"..

For the first time, the Golf is also available with driver profile selection, which allows the driver to choose from four modes – Eco, Sport, Normal and Individual; with a DSG gearbox a fifth option – Comfort – is also offered.  Each of these modes alters the throttle mapping and engine management (among other parameters) to the chosen style.

Powering the Golf is a new range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate stop/start and battery regeneration systems. The line-up for South Africa is yet to be confirmed, but power outputs range from 63kW to 110kW.

So, while the new car is larger, its design remains pure Golf. Walter de Silva, VW’s head of design, said: “One of the keys to the Golf’s success lies in its continuity. There’s a handful of cars with a design that, like the Golf, has been refined, tweaked and enhanced down the decades and thus become timeless.”

Further details are expected to be revealed at the Paris auto show, starting September 27, 2012. The Golf 7 is expected to reach South Africa in the first quarter of 2013.

  • de.stig.9 - 2012-09-05 08:39

    Looks like a facelift to me, another lazy design from my guys. The interior is up market, electronic park brake for Golf? In fairness all this will likely price this facelift out of competition and make this car redundant on the C segment, but time will tell but my gut feel is Koreans are taking over pricewise.

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-09-05 09:07

      This is a styling FAIL. I think the French are beating VW in terms of styling.

  • amelio.meyer - 2012-09-05 08:55

    I'm bored with VW. All they are doing is decreasing the R&D costs with regards to design. These "facelifts" that are supposed to be NEW models are a farce. Come on VW(and Audi) designers....do some real work and give us something new and fresh....but that still lives with your brand.....

  • dean.mark.williams - 2012-09-05 09:38

    I'm starting to think Germans are actually very lazy when it comes to car design. The VW Golf, Audi (all of them) and the one that started it all, the Porsche 911. And what makes it more interesting, these are all owned by VW.

  • zweli.ndhlovu - 2012-09-05 09:45

    Just a big Polo from the front, and a facelifted Golf 6 from the back... Same thing as a Golf 5 basically. If I owned a Golf 5, I'd have absolutely little incentive to trade up really. Even less if I drove a Golf 6.

      de.stig.9 - 2012-09-05 10:34

      and by the looks of things Polo will be a new Golf

  • trevorlbennett - 2012-09-05 11:08

    BMW Headlamps!

  • waylon.payne - 2012-09-05 12:36

    I'm quite happy with the styling. I get that its not a toyota or a kia that needs to reinevent itself with each iteration but it doesnt need to. This is no different to what BMW also does with each new model. If you want something completely new with every new model then stick to your Kia. I'm quite happy with driving a car that is infinitely better engineered and refined.

      vuyani.valashiya - 2012-09-06 09:01

      Agree with u there. The previous Kia/Hyundai models looks out of place at this moment and the next Kia/Hyundai will make the current models look bad. Golf5 will still be relevant in years to come

  • rudolf.rautenbach - 2012-09-05 12:38

    Another stunning timeless design! Will still look good after many years. These over designed vehicles from the East only looks good for a few months eg iX35.

      afrikeni - 2012-09-05 13:04

      Eish, the Germany herd, so the Touareg / Tiguan / Touran are still a classic designs that are not ageing. Live with it - the Koreans have caught up with the Germans and threatening to surpass.

  • rudolf.rautenbach - 2012-09-05 13:13

    All these so called lazy designs are taking the VW Group forward on its quest to become No 1 in the world by 2018! Only mass European manufacturer very successful in Europa . Plants running at full capacity while others are looking at closing plants. Superb blend of engineering and timeless styling. Wait until you have seen it in the metal and driven it before you criticize!

      afrikeni - 2012-09-05 14:27

      Growth by acquisition of other brands, not by increase in the original vw cars - wait until the Porshe share same design / platform & parts with Golf. its a matter of time when this ship is too big & wants to cut costs.

  • mogo.naut - 2012-09-05 14:37

    Behold! The ALL NEW Golf 5.75 !!

  • mubimc - 2012-09-05 14:37

    I see a golf6 here with a polo front bumper en lights ,ah disapointed....

  • mubimc - 2012-09-05 14:38

    I see a golf6 with a polo front bumper en lights, disapointed was anticipaiting much more creativity

      raath - 2012-09-06 15:11

      Most of the improvements are under the skin - the tech they are putting in this Golf is amazing, and even the new 1-series would find it difficult to match it technically

  • ltjvrensburg - 2012-09-05 16:32

    No man this is a facelift, VW has put in the hard yards, NOT! to add a new front/back bumper with new lights a new steering wheel and what else??? Go buy an old Golf 5 GTI and you'll still have the same vehicle.

  • nico.vandermerwe.54 - 2012-09-05 16:35

    Yip! Like BMW 3 series. One face lift after the other. Good thing, as I can most probably not afford the new ones.... (At least still more appealing in the looks department than my brand (Toyota)

  • magomarele - 2012-09-05 17:56

    not really impressed by the exterior of this Golf7, the interior is superb though.

  • samuelbowker - 2012-09-06 08:59

    For the middle-aged man with a wife he doesn't really love, a rewardless job with the only perk being a mediocre company car - the golf 7.

      raath - 2012-09-06 15:12

      No, you are thinking the Mercedes A-class.

      heihachi.mishima.7731 - 2012-09-08 18:44

      @raath, Mercedes A class? I think you might want to take back that statement in 2013.

  • pavania.naidu - 2012-09-09 09:38

    Very nice...small changes to the exterior though...love the rear... Interior looks tops! #definately 1 to consider, if there's a GTI on the cards... Nice one!

      nikolaj.henrri - 2012-09-24 14:26

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  • Stefarooh - 2012-09-29 08:02

    its looks like the polo from the front...massively disappointed. I was waiting out for this but I think i have now changed my mind. Prefer the scirocco

  • shumani.singo.31 - 2012-10-03 22:10

    its second version of polo vivo, i think i will keep my 2010 GTI it not necessay to change it. i thought they will adopt the LED from the current golf R

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