By Stewart Smith on 2017-02-02 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
New look VW Golf
ready to order
THE updated Volkswagen Golf can now be ordered with first deliveries expected at the end of March.
With the option of all-new engines, more technology, improved connectivity and revised styling the latest version of the Mk7 Golf is bang up to date.
Emerging from Volkswagen factories around the globe at an average pace of one every 40 seconds for the last 43 years, the brand's family favourite will be arriving in UK showrooms in a few weeks' time.
Global sales of the Golf are now well in excess of 33 million since its launch more than four decades ago and some two million have been sold in Britain.
Now standard across the range are LED rear lights while the majority of models across the Golf hatchback and estate line-up are also now offered with a new generation of larger and more sophisticated touchscreen infotainment systems.
Also, depending on model, the new Discover Navigation Pro radio-navigation and online system can be operated via gesture control.
Sporting a 9.2-inch screen, the system complements the active info display that is also new in the Golf and appears as standard on all performance Golfs. The range of online services and apps has also been enlarged.
The UK line-up begins with the hatchback range with S and rising through SE, SE Nav, GT, R-Line, GTE, GTE Advance, e-Golf, GTD and GTD BlueLine to GTI, GTI Performance and, ultimately, R.
The estate family offers generous choice, too, with S, SE, SE Nav, GT and GTD and GTD BlueLine models being joined by Alltrack and R derivatives.
On the engine front even the new base petrol engine - the turbocharged direct-injection 1.0 TSI with 85bhp, offers claimed fuel consumption of 58.9 mpg on a combined run and CO2 emissions of just 109g/km.
All Golfs also feature BlueMotion Technologies such as a stop-start system and a mode for storing braking energy.
The new Golf comes with new bumpers front and rear, new halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights or full LED headlights, new front wings, and full LED rear lights as standard for all Golf versions.
New wheel designs and body colours round out the exterior update, while new trim panels and materials also upgrade the interior of the Golf.
Alison Jones, director of VW UK said: "The arrival of a new or updated Golf is always a special occasion but, in 2017, the debut of this car with its semi-autonomous operation; revised styling; new engines and exceptional new infotainment systems really does feel extra-special.
"The updated Golf will, I'm sure, retain its place at the head of the compact car class but, just as importantly, will strengthen its place in the hearts of countless UK owners thanks to its exceptional quality, classless appeal and, now more than ever, its hugely competitive pricing and whole-life value."
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