Volkswagen has revealed the latest version of its popular Golf family car, which includes innovative gesture control technology for the infotainment system.
Rather than an all-new model, the latest Golf is a mid-life refresh of the current Mk7 model, with only small changes to the exterior (new bumpers and front wings, plus revised headlights mark it out). We won’t see a completely new Golf until the Mk8 version is launched in 2018.
The existing 1.0-litre petrol and 1.6- and 2.0-litre diesel engines will be joined by a new 1.5-litre petrol unit with cylinder-on-demand technology that allows it to run on just two of its four cylinders in order to save fuel. The 1.5 TSI Evo engine produces 148bhp in normal trim (along with a Combined fuel consumption figure of 57.6mpg in official EU tests and CO2 emissions of 110g/km), while a more efficient Bluemotion version with 128bhp (61.4mpg and 104g/km) will join later.
The Bluemotion also includes a coasting function that switches off the engine when the driver lifts of the accelerator, much like you’d experience in a hybrid vehicle (the steering and brakes are supplied with energy from a different source), helping to maximise fuel economy.
In addition to the manual gearbox, VW is also rolling out its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, replacing the older six-speed unit in a bid to improve efficiency.
Also published on Medium.