Volkswagen has released prices for its new and updated Golf.
Prices for the popular hatch start at £17,765 for the Golf S, or £19,470 in estate form. On average, the new Golf is priced around £650 lower than the previous model.
All cars get Electronic Stability Control as standard, as well as a Driver Alert system and City Emergency Braking. This final feature can bring the car to a standstill should it detect a pedestrian walking out in front of it. It works in partnership with Front Assist, which uses a radar to monitor the gap between itself and the car in front, applying the brakes if it senses a collision.
An eight-inch colour touchscreen gives drivers control of DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity for pairing smartphones to the car’s system. Higher-specification cars receive Volkswagen’s larger Discover Navigation, while the optional Discover Navigation Pro system uses a 9.2-inch touchscreen. The latter system also features Gesture Control, which gives the driver the ability to navigate through the car’s menus with just a swipe of their hand.
A new engine is also available in the form of the 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine. Producing 148bhp and capable of powering the car to 60mph in just 8.1 seconds, it’s also impressively frugal, returning a claimed 55.4mpg on a combined cycle.
Of course, this new powerplant is joined by the Golf’s familiar range of petrol and diesel engines.