VW Golf 7: SA launch details

2012-10-22 14:13

The order book for the next generation Volkwagen Golf 7 has opened in certain European countries - and we have a few local details ahead of the popular hatchback's arrival in South Africa in February, 2013.

Lighter, more spacious, more efficient and more advanced, VW claims, than the model it replaces, the new Golf is now available to order in the UK ahead of its official on-sale date of January 7, 2013.


The engine range for the latest version of Volkswagen’s best-seller includes 1.2 and 1.4 TSI petrol engines with varying engine outputs and 1.6 and two-litre TDI turbodiesel engines. Five and six-speed manual transmissions and six and seven-speed DSG units will also be offered.

All engines will have stop/start technology and battery recharging and GTI and BlueMotion models will join the line-up from 2013, the automaker said.

In South Africa, the Golf 7 will be available for order from January 2013 ahead of its market launch in February 2013.

The engine line-up – comprising 1.4 TSI and 1.6 and two-litre TDI engines – will remain largely unchanged, although the current 75kW 1.6-litre petrol will be replaced by the 77kW 1.2 TSI recently introduced in SA in the new Beetle.  

The Golf 7 will be available in a number of trim levels with features including a touchscreen media system with Bluetooth and iPod or MP3 connectivity, a City Emergency Braking function, PreCrash preventative occupant protection that prepares the cabin ahead of a crash and an electronic differential lock.

Options (in the UK) include high beam assist, lane assist, park assist, adaptive chassis control, a rear-view camera, a navigation system with eight-inch colour touchscreen and keyless entry.

  • brak.jan - 2012-10-23 10:03

    Early reviews says the Golf 7 looks like the previous model, from afar. That is where the similarities ends. Have you guys not read the available options? Cars double it's price does not have these options. One reviewer said that an owner of an Audi A8 can 'downgrade' to a Golf 7, and will not feel downgraded. There is currently nothing that can compare with a Golf 7 in this segment.

      jackey.moss - 2012-10-23 11:51

      R8 to a Golf...The resession is worse than we thought....

      brak.jan - 2012-10-23 16:30

      @Jackey - Haha! The point the reviewer wanted to make is that the fit/finish/noise suppression/spec level/etc. of the Golf 7 compares to cars in much higher segments. I think any A8 driver won’t be seen dead in a C segment hatch, no matter how good it is.......

      art5SA - 2012-10-23 22:44

      Brak.jan... you a couple of Sockets short of a Ratchet!

      dean.mark.williams - 2012-10-24 07:46

      adding in those options will take you to the price of the A8 no doubt

      colin.douglas.1675 - 2013-02-13 11:39

      the car that you must compare to the Golf7 is the Hyundai i30 have a look at the price, safety, features, etc.........

  • lesiba.m.kekana - 2012-10-23 13:53

    Even the power of this new golf 7 gti is not that much power up to 169kW. 14kW differance.

      waylon.payne - 2012-10-26 08:46

      You forget that this is a front wheel drive car... VW is not about making boy racer cars that veer off the road when you accelerate. If you want more power get the all wheel drive Golf R. I've owned both the golf 5 and 6 and would easily upgrade to the 7. If you're complaining then you obviously have never owned a golf before. Nothing else compares in terms of overall quality.

  • de.stig.9 - 2012-10-23 21:24

    Still no navigation as standard going to 2017

      brak.jan - 2012-10-24 12:08

      I agree deStig9, it should be standard, at least on the Comfortline models. The sad part is that VW SA will probably price the Golf 7 at the top levels in this segment, and make everything that is standard elsewhere, optional in SA ?

  • Jango - 2012-10-26 14:09


  • anton.vonvielig - 2012-10-27 13:25

    Koreans, fords, Chevs and the rest cannot compare to a golf. The quality is way better, awesome double clutch gearboxes and best of all turbocharged. In this day and age asmatic natural aspirated engines cannot compare to turbocharged cars' drivability especially when overtaking. Ja ja, the GTI does not have the power of a hot Renault or ford, but the latter is only good for race tracks, and a trip to SAC bumps up the golf's power to 185-200kw easily, destroying the rest tjop tjop on the road. Lastly, 2nd hand value for a golf simply sweep the rest of the field, especially the GTI

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