The Golf is the vehicle that has shaped its own class for generations. And now the current Golf is setting a new milestone for the next generation.
The new Golf also impresses when it comes to the more formal aspects: the front catches the eye with its athletic radiator grille with the Volkswagen badge, which conceals a front sensor for various optional assistance systems. In the Comfortline and Highline versions, the radiator grille is embellished with fine chrome strips. The slim headlights, which protrude high on the wing, and the bumpers, which are flattened towards the bottom, give the vehicle a particularly flat, dynamic look. In combination with its generously proportioned wheelbase and short overhangs, its zesty silhouette with the characteristic C-pillar oozes a verve that is worthy of a Golf. At the tail, the powerfully elegant contours, rear diffuser and confident-looking LED tail light cluster delight.
The interior of the new Golf invites you to sit down immediately and not get up again until you absolutely have to. This is thanks mainly to the generous proportions, which offer both front and rear occupants plenty of leg room. The vehicle interior is also distinguished by universally high-quality materials and a wide range of intelligent detailed solutions, which impress both in terms of appearance and haptics. These include, for example, the ergonomic seats, roomy luggage compartment and centre console, which is tilted slightly towards the driver and is extremely user-friendly thanks to its special ergonomic design, as well as the white illuminated switches.
The standard halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights offer a clear view, even in difficult lighting conditions. Thanks to their headlight range control, which is also included as standard, the headlight range is adapted to suit various load levels.
The optional LED headlights make the most of the design of the new Golf. They are energy-efficient and their spectrum, which is similar to daylight, is easier on your eyes. You can also add optional LED fog lights if you wish. These will help you to keep a good view of the road and other road users, even under challenging conditions.
The optional integrated cornering light helps you to recognise obstacles on winding roads in good time. The optional headlight washer system (with washer fluid level warning lamp) also helps ensure you can see clearly. The highlights of the light design also include the optional tail light cluster with sequential turn signals: an animated strip of lights that indicates the direction in which you are going to turn.
It’s up to you: whichever of the optional alloy wheels you choose is sure to emphasise the sportiness of your new Golf. Choose from various sizes between 15 and 18 inches as well as a range of dynamic designs. You will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to the surface and colour of the wheel rims. Whether you prefer matte, anodised or diamond turned alloy wheels, your choice is bound to give your new Golf a dynamic touch that further emphasises its striking design.
Our vehicles are equipped with summer tyres as standard. As of 4 December 2010 you are required by law in the Federal Republic of Germany to equip your vehicle with M+S tyres or all-weather tyres in wintry road conditions with black ice, packed snow, slush or icy patches. For more information, please contact your Volkswagen dealership.
A touch-sensitive colour screen with a 16.5 cm (6.5 inch) diagonal is one of the highlights of the standard Composition Colour radio. Listen to FM radio or music in MP3 or WMA formats on the system’s four speakers. These music files can be played from an SD card.
The Composition Media radio, also available for all equipment versions, has eight loudspeakers. It features a CD drive and comes with all the connection options of the radio listed above, plus a USB port and a Bluetooth connection for mobile phones. In addition, an attractive 20.3 cm (8 inch) colour touchscreen makes it especially convenient to operate.
Both devices are equipped with a diversity aerial, which ensures good reception even under difficult conditions.
You can choose from two optional navigation systems for your new Golf. The Discover Media system comes with a 20.3 cm (8 inch) colour touchscreen display, eight speakers, FM radio, a CD drive, two SD card slots, AUX-IN and USB ports, a Bluetooth connection for mobile phones and free software updates.
For those who want even more, the optional Discover Pro navigation system offers innovative gesture control. This allows you to change from one radio station to another or change the system settings in your car, such as the intensity of the interior lighting, with a single hand movement. It also has a 23.4 cm (9.2 inch) screen that is capable of displaying a clear 3D map. It also features eight speakers, FM radio, a CD drive that can also play music in MP3, AAC and WMA format, two SD card slots, AUX-IN and USB ports and a Bluetooth connection for mobile phones.
Both devices are equipped with a diversity aerial, which ensures good reception even under difficult conditions.
The Car-Net Guide & Inform service package is available on request with the Discover Media and Discover Pro Infotainment systems. It enables you to use current data from the Internet and find out in real time if for example there is a traffic jam forming somewhere, or which car park has free spaces. Using the point of interest search, you can discover worthwhile destinations such as hotels, restaurants or petrol stations.
The optional Car-Net App Connect function makes it possible for you to easily connect your smart phone with the optional radio system Composition Media or with the navigation systems Discover Media and Discover Pro which are also optionally available. In this way, selected apps can be operated on your mobile telephone via the touch screen. Your advantage is, however, not just in this simplified operation: numerous applications can process information made available by the vehicle in order to provide you with additional useful and entertaining functions.
Volkswagen provides a total of three interfaces to connect smart phones with a broad range of options: MirrorLink™, Android Auto™ from Google and Apple CarPlay™. At www.volkswagen.de/mobiltelefon you can check to see which of these named technologies is compatible with your smart phone. Please also note that some apps are not on offer for each of these three options and the availability of this technology can vary according to the country in question.
Never miss another call, while always keeping focused on the road. Two optional mobile phone interfaces make it easy and convenient to make phone calls while you drive. High-quality sound is assured, thanks to a digital speech processor, an integrated high-end microphone in the headliner and the vehicle's speakers. Connection to the external aerial ensures optimal reception even when signal is poor.
With the Comfort edition, you connect your mobile phone to the external aerial via an inductive (wireless) aerial connection in the centre console. This means you no longer need to buy matching mobile phone cradles. In the Business version, a phone call begun outside the car can also be transferred to the hands-free system via Bluetooth while the mobile phone remains in your pocket. The system can be operated by voice command, via the multifunction steering wheel or using the Infotainment system. Very easy – and exactly how you wish.
Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front is reassuring while driving in traffic. Optional adaptive cruise control helps you to do just that.
ACC measures the proximity and speed of vehicles on the road ahead. In queues and traffic jams, the system combines with the optional DSG dual clutch gearbox to brake your Golf to a stop and automatically move forward again shortly after. Within system limits, ACC can keep your car a safe distance from the vehicle in front at speeds of up to 210 km/h.
Sometimes the unexpected happens, and emergency braking is required. In these cases, the optional Front Assist area monitoring system can be useful. Within the system limits, you will receive a warning if the system detects a critical tailgating situation. In particularly critical situations, the system can also assist with braking or can even brake automatically to reduce the impact speed.
The City Emergency Braking system can intervene when you are driving at low speeds in city traffic, while Pedestrian Monitoring can detect, within the limits of the system, if for example a pedestrian steps onto the road suddenly. The assistance system provides relevant warnings, assists with braking or brakes automatically – always within the limits of the system. In the ideal case, this will prevent a collision or at least reduce its severity.
The optional Traffic Jam Assist uses proven functions such Adaptive Cruise Control ACC and lane keeping system Lane Assist to allow easy slow driving in traffic jams. Your Golf will track the vehicle ahead and automatically operate the accelerator and brakes within the limits of the system. The vehicle is kept in lane.
The optional Emergency Assist system automatically engages when no driver activity can be detected, and there has been no response despite a warning. The system then tries to both prompt the driver and warn the passengers and other road users with brake jolts, acoustic warnings, the hazard warning lights and gentle steering movements. If the driver still does not take over control of the vehicle, the vehicle will be brought to a standstill in a controlled manner. This allows accidents to be prevented within the system limits.
Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist are part of the driver assistance package.
Optional Park Assist needs a mere 80 cm of space to manoeuvre your Golf into the space. And what’s more, it can detect that space independently as you drive past at a maximum speed of 40 km/h. The system not only assists with reverse parallel parking, but can also help you pull forwards into both parallel and side-by-side spaces, for example in underground parking spaces where there’s little room.
You simply operate the clutch, accelerator and brake and the assistant will steer your car along the perfect line into the parking space – and out of side-by-side parking spaces as well. You can override or deactivate steering assistance at any time by taking the wheel, taking the car out of gear or pushing the Park Assist button.
If a car is approaching you from the rear and cannot be seen in your exterior or rear view mirror, it is in the dreaded blind spot. Before changing lanes, the trusty glance over the shoulder helps – and now, so does the optional blind spot sensor. From speeds of 15 km/h, the sensor can warn you by illuminating an LED icon on the exterior mirror of your Golf. If you still switch on your turn signal, the light begins to flash brighter and more quickly and draw your attention to the vehicle in your blind spot.
In combination with the lane keeping system Lane Assist, the blind spot sensor can even use corrective steering intervention to warn you within the limits of the system before you change lanes.
For its part, the Rear Traffic Alert assists you when reversing out of a parking space, within the limits of the system. Sensors in the rear bumper monitor traffic passing at the rear of the vehicle. If another car, a cyclist or a pedestrian is approaching you from the side, you will be warned by means of an acoustic signal and an indication on the Infotainment system display. If you do not react in time, the system can mitigate or even prevent an imminent collision by effecting a braking intervention.
TSI petrol engines feature impressive performance and efficiency. You benefit from maximum torque even at low engine speeds. The combination of low displacement with a turbocharger and direct fuel injection creates a very even transmission of power in these powertrains. Downsizing technology is used to achieve this, allowing the engines to produce high performance despite relatively low displacement.
TDI engines are diesel engines with turbocharging and direct fuel injection using common rail technology. They are noted for their economy, drive and outstanding performance. They are also particularly quiet running, while their high torque means sporty handling is supported.
The TGI engine (natural gas fuel consumption (CNG), kg/100 km: urban 4,8 - 4,4 / extra-urban 3,1 - 3,0 / combined 3,6 - 3,5; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 98 - 95; efficiency class: A; fuel consumption petrol, l/100 km: urban 7,3 - 6,6 / extra-urban 4.6 / combined 5,6 - 5,3; CO2 emissions combined, g/km: 127 - 122; efficiency class: A*) is suitable for use with cost-efficient natural gas as well as petrol. If both tanks are full, you can drive for an impressive total fuel range of up to 1,300 km. The natural gas tank is designed as a space-saving under-floor solution to ensure that the luggage compartment space is not reduced.
If you require less power during your journey, Active Cylinder Management will shut down two of the four cylinders. This reduces fuel consumption but does not affect the engine smoothness. Since this process occurs virtually imperceptibly, you can see that 2-cylinder mode is active on the multifunction display.
Optional 4MOTION four-wheel drive distributes the power to all four wheels as required. This prevents wheelspin and locking and helps your car gain traction on virtually any surface, that’s how 4Motion increases your comfort.
Driving a new Golf will allow you to enjoy verve and economy rolled into one. But do you sometimes wish your car were a little bit sportier still? Or perhaps you’d like to save even more fuel? With optional driving profile selection, you can decide how you want your car to drive according to the situation and your personal needs. Choose your driving profile at the touch of a button, or by pressing the touchscreen of your Infotainment system. The powertrain, steering and, with the DSG dual clutch gearbox, the switching points are adjusted automatically.
For example, the ECO driving profile helps drivers to be environmentally conscious and save fuel whilst driving. To achieve this, it adapts the engine performance and activates the start/stop system if it is not already active, as well as other features. The driving profile also regulates the air conditioning and thermal management systems to optimise fuel and energy consumption. If you have opted for the DSG dual clutch gearbox, the mode also selects earlier switching points and activates energy-saving coasting as often as possible.
Of course, you are also free to enjoy the standard comfort settings – just select the NORMAL profile to do so. If, on the other hand, you want to drive in an especially sporty style or take on the challenges of a winding road, the SPORT profile is the perfect choice.
INDIVIDUAL mode is especially flexible: this profile allows you to combine the individual adjustments as you wish and even save your preferred settings for the heater, air conditioning system and headlights.
For seating that’s both sporty and comfortable, choose the optional ergoActive sports seat with 14-way adjustment. The driver’s seat features heating and electrical adjustment, while its firm basic construction is attuned to your spine. In addition to the height of the seat, you can also adjust its depth and the angle of the backrest to suit your individual preferences. Use the memory function to save your settings – a highly practical feature if your friends or family ever drive your Golf. And last but not least, electric lumbar support with massage function offer you relief and relaxation.
The ergoActive driver’s seat can contribute to preventing back problems as well as increasing driving comfort. On 8 December 2011, it was awarded the independent “Tested & Recommended” quality seal for healthy back products by the German charity Aktion Gesunder Rücken (Action for Healthy Backs).
Do you want to enjoy every nuance of your music with the purest bass and crystal-clear treble? If so, you should listen to the Dynaudio Excite sound system from Danish hi-fi specialists Dynaudio. Eight speakers specially designed for the interior of your car, a subwoofer and a digital 10-channel amplifier with 400 watts of output play the ideal soundtrack for every journey.
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) adjusts the sound emissions from every speaker according to its position in the car, so that you hear the sound as if you were in the ideal listening position every time. Whether you like your music loud or soft, and whether you prefer rock, electronic or classical tunes, you will end your journey more relaxed than you were at the start.
Select your preferred equipment for your new Golf from a range of leather and ArtVelours covers. The Vienna equipment truly is something special: the leather is perforated, and features contrasting colours.
Whichever version you choose, both driver and passenger will be spoiled with comfortable seats that offer good lateral support. Naturally, seat heating is also included. In addition, enjoy the feel of high-grip leather on the multifunction steering wheel and gear lever. From the Comfortline series upwards, the steering wheel is also heated – a real godsend on cold days.
Thanks to the optional Active Info Display, you can enjoy the advantages of an instrument cluster with a high-resolution 31 cm (12.3-inch) colour display. With various information profiles, you can decide which specific data are displayed in the instrument cluster in addition to the usual gauges such as the rev counter, speedometer and odometer.
You can select this information profile quickly and easily using the optional multifunction steering wheel: depending on your precise needs, you can access detailed Driving Data, for example, or show a visual display of your driver assistance systems. This means the display area can be even better used, because you can also show additional data within the tubes.
In the Discover Media Infotainment system, you can decide whether you would like to see the navigation map in the Active Info Display, or have the classic view on the system display. With Discover Pro, both display options are available simultaneously.
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