If they were asked to think of a family hatchback with a rock solid reputation for reliability and economy, alongside a strong, timeless and desirable image and classy design both inside and out; many people would likely think of a Volkswagen Golf.
The Golf has been around since the 1970s and now, in its 7th generation, still appeals to a wide range of car buyers, from high-flying singletons and company fleet drivers, to families and motorists of all ages. Its iconic design has long been admired largely due to its discrete aura of luxury and elegance, a car which doesn’t shout about its deep abilities and strengths.
Volkswagen has always been associated with reliability, some Golfs having racked up over 500,000 miles. Efficiency has also been something this German manufacturer has minutely honed over the years, and their latest BlueMotion engines are renowned for being among the very best, delivering low emissions and decent performance, alongside impressive mpg figures.
Our Car of the Month is a 1.6-litre diesel BlueMotion Golf hatchback in Tech Match trim. Although it is perhaps considered less refined than the petrol equivalent, the 1.6-litre unit in the Mk6 and Mk7 Golf provides ample poke for the majority of drivers, and the 105 brake horse power it produces is the same as some Mk5 1.9-litre diesel Golfs. It excels as an economical family car and also for motorway commuters, where it settles down nicely to provide a refined drive.
Considering the Golf is a front-wheel drive, compared to rear-wheel drive in BMWs and some other cars, the driving experience is generally quite fun. Providing decent handling and a comfortable ride, the suspension also does an admirable job on poorer road surfaces.
The interior of a Golf may be a little sombre and serious for some, but buyers wanting a car which is well-built, functional, high quality and timeless need look no further. All the controls, switches and other functions are nicely weighted, damped and presented, and Golfs also tend to provide plenty of useful storage features. They generally stand the test of time incredibly well; very few Golf owners report problems. It’s just important to ensure that you don’t overdo short journeys, as the diesel particulate filter doesn’t take kindly to them and can become blocked.
Volkswagen was the first manufacturer to provide DAB digital radio as standard on its 2013 models, and many slightly older cars are also fitted with it. The Tech Match model we are featuring this month comes with front and rear parking sensors, alloy wheels, air conditioning, a nice touchscreen audio system with DAD, cruise control, two front cup holders, a raft of safety features including a driver’s knee airbag, and a leather steering wheel and gear lever.
Across CarShop’s sites, we have over 20 Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI BlueMotion Tech Match cars in stock*; including some equipped with a DSG automatic gearbox.
*Please note, the number of cars in stock was correct at the time of publication.
- On: 26 September 2014
- By: CarShop
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