The next evolution of the Golf is only two weeks away! The reworked version is set for an early November launch in Wolfsburg, Germany; UK sales are set to follow early next year. This mid-life facelift has been engineered to keep Europe’s best selling model fresh ahead of the new generation Mk8 in 2019.
The newer Mk7 is visually very similar to the current incarnation. Subtle differences include a new type of front bumper, a new headlight graphics, and new alloy wheel designs.
It’s the interior where you really notice the changes, with VW upgrading to include the optional virtual cockpit display that is offered on the Passat. The 12.5 in high definition can be ordered as an alternative to the new Golf’s analogue instruments. It gives the option of various different digital layouts on the dashboard that can be toggled by a button on the steering wheel.
The infotainment system has been radically altered. VW are set to offer a top-of-the-range system with a 9.5in centre display in 16:9 formats, as previewed by the Golf R Touch concept at the Consumer Electronics Show at the start of the year. Drivers will be able to operate it using gesture and proximity controls.
The Passat’s driver assist systems will also be offered, including the traffic jam assist function which allows semi-autonomous driving at speeds up to 23mph.
The range will offer Volkswagen’s new turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, currently used on the recently reworked Up and soon to be replaced Polo. It will replace versions of the existing turbo 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol unit. Higher up the range will be slightly revamped editions of the current 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine
The reworked Golf GTI will keep the same turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the current model, but with a slight lift in power above the standard 217bhp and 227bhp available today.