VW Golf Review 2013 103TSI Automatic Hatch Reviews Prices Australian… — Volkswagen Golf Plus V

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Volkswagen Golf Plus V

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Vehicle Style: hatchback

Price: $31,990

Engine/transmission: 1.4 litre petrol/7sp DSG


Fuel Economy 5.2l/100km | (tested): 7.8l/100km

The TV campaign featuring a parade of rival car dealers saying, just like a Golf,” perhaps one of the more ironic on TV this year.

Hubris this was certainly leading the chin.

But notwithstanding some tarnishing to the badge, the VW Golf is a good drive.

So nicely in fact that it should be on keen driver’s must-drive list’. In this, it sits cars like the Porsche the 3 Series and, in Australia at the Commodore SS-V.

We’ve driven the 90TSI. so we spent a with the more powerful to see where the extra outlay in goes.

Quality: Being a Group car, the interior is put together. In this Highline the seats are covered in a better-than-it-sounds of cloth and Alcantara, which is and comfortable.

Everything fits much perfectly and there’s that feels second-rate to the

Comfort: The front seats are in the back, if a little bit flat in but the Alcantara trimming makes up for The front driver’s seat is adjustable and the steering wheel for and reach.

The rear seats are comfortable for two and perfectly acceptable for as long as the middle occupant is The cabin benefits from the wheels positioned at the corners and the long straight roofline.

The Highline has a reasonably long of standard features. Dual-zone control, cruise control, limiter, parking sensors, camera, parking assist, touchscreen with sat-nav, 8 stereo with smartphone (proprietary USB and Bluetooth), electric steering, height-adjustable leather wheel, power windows all and full trip computer.

The assist package fitted cruise control, city braking, park assist 2 self-parking) and occupant protection.

the Highline is relatively unadorned but have a set of attractive 17-inch wheels, supplemented by a space wheel. The Dalek eye in the front is part of the ‘driver assist’

Storage: The Golf’s boot small but when you check the is class-competitive at 380 litres. It loses out on space a touch but is slightly than others. Dropping the 60/40 split fold adds a further 890 litres to the total to 1270.

The rear armrest has two adjustable and there are door bins in the A central console and a closable tray underneath the stereo the cooled glove box.

One of the Golf’s defining features is its road manners. In 103kW the 1.4 litre TSI engine delivers of torque (25 percent more the 90TSI), endowing the Golf a very sprightly demeanour just 1500rpm.

There’s no lag, you can just point the car at the the seven-speed DSG clicks down a (or three) and you’re away. at highway speeds, even a load up, is a breeze.

The key, as any turbocharged small capacity is the torque it puts underfoot as as the instant reaction of the twin-clutch

The optional package in our tester a choice of driving modes. a ‘sport’ mode, but we found it happy in ‘comfort’; ‘sport’ has the DSG gears longer than is

Carving through the bends, the is a lot of fun.

The electronic diff maximises front grip and understeer by using the ABS sensors to wheelspin and then damp it a kind of poor-man’s limited

Refinement: The noise suppression in the is nothing short of amazing. The and tyres are so well-damped that the of wind around the wing is about the only genuine we could find.

The stop-start could be a touch quicker up and only responds to your coming off the brake, rather other inputs like the where a twitch on the wheel restart the engine. The DSG can sometimes be off-guard though on restart.

The Golf’s sure-footedness comes its MacPherson strut front-end and rear. It pays dividends an excellent ride and also handling.

Braking: As always the Golf, and almost any German car you to name, the brakes are excellent.

The feel is good and the weighting is right for the mixed capabilities of the car it’s good for grinding in traffic or belting down a road.

ANCAP rating: 5

Safety features: Seven (dual front, side and driver’s knee), ABS with assist and brake force pre-tensioned front seatbelts, child seat mountings, stability and traction control, braking.

As part of the Driver Assist our car had adaptive cruise control will brake the car to a stop,city braking and ‘proactive occupant where the windows and sunroof (if are closed and front seatbelts when a potential collision is


Warranty: A kilometre warranty covers the a five-year/150,000km warranty covers the Paint is also covered for a of three years.

Service VW’s capped price costs between $292 and per visit for the first six services.

is every 15,000km or twelve so six years of servicing costs not including brake fluid two years, $127) and pollen (every two years, $47). pricing is identical to the DSG-equipped and $259 cheaper than the

Hyundai i30 Elite ($30,190) The i30 keeps getting better but still some distance from the VW on the technology, handling and fronts.

It does, however, a lot of standard gear, a six-speed a longer warranty and cheaper servicing package. (see i30 )

Toyota Corolla Levin ZR — The ZR matches the VW for number of but that’s because it’s a CVT.

Its 1.8 litre engine has the power output but is a long way on torque and is short on standard narrowing the gap on price. Like the its servicing is cheaper and its warranty (see Corolla reviews )

Focus Titanium ($32,990) The Euro-designed Focus comes a 2.0 litre engine with power than the Golf but less torque (202Nm).

It drink standard ULP, and also features a standard transmission (although it’s a 6-speed). It handles very is cheap to run and is probably the Golf’s competition. (see Focus )

Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s Price and do not include dealer or on-road costs.


For the way it drives, the Golf VII sits of its competition. Only the Focus and (and surprising) Cruze come near for handling and performance.

On top of that, VW’s now makes more sense. The asking for the Highline is terrific for such a crushingly competent car pointed at a road, any road.

Everyone who came for a ride was by how good the Golf is. We think you be too.

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