Volkswagen Golf

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The Golf is without a doubt one of the most popular cars in Ireland. You’re nearly guaranteed to see one on any street you drive or walk down. The car is currently in its 7th generation, and this mid-life facelift model adds the introduction of a 3-cylinder 1.0TSI petrol engine. The Golf is available in many guises. This article relates to the model in general.

Performance

Various engines are available on the Irish market. The biggest change is the 1.0 TSI petrol engine. This offers an output of 110hp. here is also a 1.4TSI ACT with 150bhp with a 6-speed manual also available. Diesel options range from a 1.6TDI with 90 or 110bhp mated to a 5-speed manual or a 2.0TDI (depending on your trim level) with 150bhp. The latest Golf R is available with a 310hp 2.0 TSI engine.

Ride & Handling

What makes the Golf the attractive option it has been for the last 40 years is its build quality from the ground up. The MQB platform in this latest generation Golf 7 improves performance and refinement. No matter what model you go for in the Golf range, you are treated to a comfortable ride no matter the environment. It’s also more fun to drive thanks to an almost perfect combination of nicely weighted steering, a slick manual gearbox and balanced handling. Move up to the higher performance models and this becomes even more apparent. In terms of an engaging drive, the Ford Focus probably still pips the Golf for that complete fun factor.

Refinement

The Golf is available with a choice of four different trim levels before moving into high performance territory. These are Trendline, Comfortline, Edition-R and Highline. Entry level Trendline specification is nicely finished with features like matching door and side trim panel, leather steering wheel and gear knob, Bluetooth, air-conditioning, electric windows and a 5.5-inch touchscreen with infotainment. Higher trim levels like Comfortline bring additional features like adaptive cruise control, LED lights front and rear, Piano black inserts on the dashboard and alcantara seats to name a few. While Edition-R gets a unique bodykit and alloy wheels.

Quality & Reliability

The Golf has always been the benchmark when it comes to family hatchbacks and it is still the case. The interior design and quality of the Volkswagen Golf is second to none. The use of quality materials and contrast piano black inserts and chrome trims ooze quality and sophistication. The Golf is arguably not the best-looking hatch on the market, but when it comes to interior style and quality, no rivals come close. From the steering wheel, to the seats and the quality of materials used, everything feels solid and superior to the touch with switchgear that works with precision.

Safety & Security

The Golf also scored very well in Euro NCAP crash testing, scoring the full five-star rating. Entry level models come with a good level of safety technology that includes features like anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, post-collision braking system stopping the car from carrying on into a second collision, tyre pressure monitor, ISO-FIX and a full set of airbags. Further optional safety items include, hill assist, emergency braking system, seat belt tensioners and auto close of windows and sunroof if a collision is detected.

Space & Practicality

The Golf is available in three or five door guise in each of the trim levels mentioned above. All models are sitting on the MQB platform which means space is good inside too. There is generous head and legroom for rear seat passengers fitting three adults with comfort. Cabin storage space is good too with a central cubby, cooled glovebox and storage beneath the front seats. Boot space is a healthy 380 litres which extends to 1270 litres with the rear bench folded flat. Because of the large electric battery, the GTE only offers 272 litres.

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Key Facts

Make

Volkswagen

Model
Golf
Variant
GOLF VAN BMT 1.6 TDI 3DR 90HP
Car Category
Family Hatch
First Launched
2017
Engine (L)
1.6
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€21,225

Running Costs

Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
50
Cost of filling a tank
€60.95
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
90 bhp
Max Power kW
67
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1598
Engine Cylinders
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
184 (km/h)

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
3
Seats
2

Warranty

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Tyre size front
195/65 R15 mm
Tyre size back
195/65 R15 mm

Technical Information

Power
90 bhp
34 Variants
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Hatchback
€21,225
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €0
  • Boot Capacity L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 0.0 s
  • New Price €21,225
Hatchback
€21,870
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 85 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.9 s
  • New Price €21,870
Hatchback
€22,090
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €0
  • Boot Capacity L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.2 s
  • New Price €22,090
Hatchback
€22,870
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.9 s
  • New Price €22,870
Hatchback
€22,870
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 85 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.9 s
  • New Price €22,870
Hatchback
€23,650
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €0
  • Boot Capacity L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 0.0 s
  • New Price €23,650
Hatchback
€23,870
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.9 s
  • New Price €23,870
Hatchback
€24,325
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.9 s
  • New Price €24,325
Hatchback
€24,770
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.9 s
  • New Price €24,770
Hatchback
€25,325
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.2 s
  • New Price €25,325
Hatchback
€25,325
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 90 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 11.9 s
  • New Price €25,325
Hatchback
€25,770
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.9 s
  • New Price €25,770
Hatchback
€25,770
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.9 s
  • New Price €25,770
Hatchback
€26,325
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.2 s
  • New Price €26,325
Hatchback
€27,225
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.2 s
  • New Price €27,225
Hatchback
€27,370
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.9 s
  • New Price €27,370
Hatchback
€27,670
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.9 s
  • New Price €27,670
Hatchback
€28,225
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.2 s
  • New Price €28,225
Hatchback
€28,225
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.5 s
  • New Price €28,225
Hatchback
€28,370
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.9 s
  • New Price €28,370
Hatchback
€28,970
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.2 s
  • New Price €28,970
Hatchback
€29,825
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.2 s
  • New Price €29,825
Hatchback
€29,970
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.2 s
  • New Price €29,970
Hatchback
€30,125
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.5 s
  • New Price €30,125
Hatchback
€30,270
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.0 L
  • Power 110 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 9.9 s
  • New Price €30,270
Hatchback
€30,825
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 5 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.2 s
  • New Price €30,825
Hatchback
€31,870
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €270
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.4 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.2 s
  • New Price €31,870
Hatchback
€32,325
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.6 s
  • New Price €32,325
Hatchback
€32,725
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €190
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 1.6 L
  • Power 115 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 10.5 s
  • New Price €32,725
Hatchback
€34,225
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €200
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 150 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.6 s
  • New Price €34,225
Hatchback
€46,025
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €0
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 310 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 4.8 s
  • New Price €46,025
Hatchback
€47,025
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €0
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 310 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 4.8 s
  • New Price €47,025
Hatchback
€47,825
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €0
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 310 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 4.8 s
  • New Price €47,825
Hatchback
€48,825
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 7 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €0
  • Boot Capacity 380 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 310 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 4.8 s
  • New Price €48,825