Volkswagen Golf 7, as revolutionary as the iPhone 5

Like about a hundred million people in the world, I own an iPhone 4. As a victim of planned obsolescence, I continued to display and launch the new iPhone 5. in the Store. Everything is new but nothing not Changes: The main revolution of this phone seems to be the new port of call, which will force the old iPhone owner to buy all the now outdated accessories. Since “novelty” is limited to a few centimeters more and a few grams less, I’ll keep my iPhone 4.

A few centimeters more, a few kilograms less, a generation more but style does not change Golf 7 appears to be following Apple’s recipe. from the top priorities If we consider that it replaces the Golf 6, which lived only four years. It also showed that it differs slightly from its predecessor as the iPhone 4S was from the iPhone 4. This is also a sign: there are seldom such important novelties that no passer-by does not pay attention to. Did you say transparent?

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althoug, Golf 7 has nothing to do with its predecessor. It thus adopts the new MQB platform that was inaugurated at the beginning of the year by its cousin, the Audi A3. The same goes for the engines. Despite their similar power and displacement as the old version, they belong to two new families: EA211 for gasoline engines and EA 288 for diesel. Key: reductions in mass and consumption (3.2 l / 100 km for the BlueMOTION 110 hp version promised for 2013.

Eye for details…

What is striking when approaching the Golf 7 is Pay attention to the details. The accuracy and regularity of the joints between the body panels is as pleasing to the eye as the accuracy of the rubber seals. opening file the front door He reveals another surprise: the joint abandons two or three traditional detection methods for a device that can block it opening at any angle. Be careful, when the car is parked on a slope, the resistance is not enough to hold Door. also in the corners, Golf is more than elegant : Precise formulations, quality materials…even The spare wheel tray under the trunk floor is carpeted ! It must be admitted, Volkswagen is once again at the top of the class in terms of finish.

Volkswagen Golf 7 (2012) car review
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Also in terms of equipment, Volkswagen wanted to upgrade its compact system. Thus we observe a systemOptional touch screen detects the user’s hand even before it reaches the interfaceThanks to a bar-shaped sensor located at its base. Moreover, it is one of the few infotainment systems on the market to allow the information to be scrolled by moving a finger. It is a pity that it is very sensitive when you want to zoom in on an area of ​​the map … In the same spirit, the parking sensors work even in the side area, at the level of the doors. Many manufacturers are content with adding equipment to their list of options, without pushing their functionality or quality of operation yet. The effort is worth emphasizing. However, we regret No blind spot detectorbut it is offered on the Ford Focus, Citroën C4 … and on the cousin of the Audi A3.

Another peculiarity of golf relates to its external dimensions. as tall as 4.25 m, one of the smallest spaces in its class (4.29m for Renault Megane, 4.33m for Citroen C4 and 4.35m for Ford Focus). This does not prevent him from presenting a Spaciousness largely on the level of competition and a trunk of 380 liters on average (363 liters for the Focus, 405 liters for the Megane and 408 liters for the C4).

Unparalleled road control… in top style.

Volkswagen Golf 7 (2012) car review
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As mentioned above, the Golf 7 inherits New modular MQB platform. Depending on the version, the compact Wolfsburg has a deformable cross-member rear axle (TSI 85 hp, TSI 105 hp, TDI 105 hp and TDI 110 hp), is light (38 kg) and is less expensive than the multi-arm rear axle (49 kg) Equipped with high engines (TSI 140 hp and TDI 150 hp, pending GTI and GTD). Unfortunately, Volkswagen did not consider it useful to offer us a test golf equipped with a rear axle with a deformable cross-member., which would nonetheless account for nearly three-quarters of sales in France. In addition, all cars available for testing in this presentation have the option of Damping Controlled Chassis (DCC in the language of the manufacturer), which is offered at a price of 995 euros. Versions I tried (Multi-link rear axle + DCC) It represents only about 3% of golf cars sold in France. Thus, we are unable to describe the course of this new agreement, in its definition to the general public. It will be necessary to wait for the testing of versions with less intensive engines.

The touch interface allows you to choose from several driving modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport and Economy (which results in lower fuel consumption). These operate damping (if the controlled chassis option is selected), steering assist, throttle response and automatic gearbox management, if selected. Note that there is also an individual mode that allows you to mix all these parameters according to your taste.

Volkswagen Golf 7 (2012) car review
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In all cases High end golf courses that we were able to bear showed themselves Totally healthy and balanced, at the best level in this category. Especially controlled damping convinced us in Sport mode, as it perfectly combines filtration and body support. The comfort setting seemed to be the most disappointing, the fault of the parasitic body movements on bumpy pavement, capable of annoying passengers even at low speeds. The Opel Astra, the only competitor to the Golf that offers a controlled chassis option, handles these edges much better in comfort mode. On the downside, it’s much less connected than the Golf in Sport Mode (in the five-door version free of the separate pivot front axle). Certainly excellent, Volkswagen does dominate, despite these tricks, on the part reference which is the Ford Focus.

We started our tests with the new four-cylinder petrol 1.4 TSI 140 hp, has already been released by the Audi A3 and Polo Blue GT. In golf, dripping Very satisfying performances, in marked silence and boredom. Its reluctance to increase speed and its lack of character when entering the red zone are characteristic of its low fuel consumption. On the road we noticed an honorable average of 6.4 l / 100 km with the manual gearbox and a very impressive figure of 4.9 l / 100 km with the DSG dual-clutch gearbox (in economy mode)! Admittedly, this last course was a little less complicated than the first, but the performance is worth emphasizing. I must say that Dual cylinder deactivation system, which works regularlyundoubtedly made a not insignificant contribution to this restricted appetite.

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4.9 l / 100 km is also the consumption value that we observed with 2.0 TDI 150 HP. Admittedly a bit louder (without being that extravagant) than its gasoline counterpart, this four-cylinder diesel also shows itself, which is a shame, much more than that. Driving pleasure. Never lacking in power, it allows for fast overtaking. So much so that one can doubt the merits of the arrival of the future GTD version, which Volkswagen has promised for next year.

Golf sets its standard

Due to the strength of its reputation, golf allows itself to set very high standards in terms of pricing. In the mid-end Comfortline and with a diesel engine 1.6 TDI 105 hp (the configuration that should be the most popular), it is offered at a price of 25,390 euros, fully equipped (dual-zone air conditioning, rain sensor, cruise control / speed limiter, automatic headlights, But also parking radar, alloy rims, and fatigue detection are out of competition). The price may seem too high, compared to 22,400 euros for an Opel Astra Edition 1.7 CDTI 110, 23,750 euros for a Citroën C4 Confort HDi 115 or 24,150 euros for a Renault Mégane dCi 110 Expression.

Volkswagen Golf 7 (2012) car review
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The gap widens even more if you choose the 1.4 TSI 140, which claims €25,480. Next to it, the Ford Focus Titanium 1.6 EcoBoost 150 hp (23,650 euros) and the Opel Astra Cosmo 1.4 Turbo 140 hp (23,500 euros with GPS and reversing camera as standard) look cheap. Certainly, their consumption figures are not at the golf level. For this price, it is possible to shop with premium manufacturers: Volvo V40 T3 Momentum is traded for 26,480 euros with pedestrian airbag and automatic city emergency braking as standard.

With a TDI 150 in a sophisticated 2 carat finish, the Golf comes to €29,910. This remains more expensive than the Renault Megane GT dCi 165, with more or less equipment. Even more advantageous is the Opel Astra Cosmo 2.0 CDTI 165, which is offered at a price of 26,700 euros. If golf seems expensive on paper, it has to be compared on a case-by-case basis with the competition.

Briefly
Volkswagen Golf 7 TSI 140 – from 25,480 euros
the most Fantastic finish
Wide range of equipment
Road conduct (with chassis driven)
Consumption (with DSG)
Size / Habitability
the least Unparalleled drive
Volkswagen Golf 7 TDI 150 – from 27,880 euros
the most Fantastic finish
Wide range of equipment
Engine approval
Road conduct (with chassis driven)
Size / Housing
the least engine sound
” comfort 5/5
» Prices / Equipment 3/5
” performance 4/5
” consumption 5/5
“Carbon Dioxide 5/5
” comfort 5/5
» Prices / Equipment 4/5
” performance 5/5
” consumption 4/5
“Carbon Dioxide 4/5

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