There is a new feature on this newest Golf: a driver profile facility that gives you a choice between four modes that vary the engine mapping and prioritise the car’s responses to suit your mood or the kind of road you’re on.
Ride and Handling
The Golf has always had good ride and handling characteristics, and in this latest generation car they are excellent. Its under-structure is the Volkswagen Group's latest MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform. This is the same platform on which Audi's latest A3 and the most recent SEAT Leon are also based. It translates as Modular Transverse Matrix. It has already won wide praise for delivering exemplary driving behaviour.
Driven over a wide variety of roads with surfaces that varied from silky smooth to battered and badly potholed, the Golf shrugged everything off with well-engineered competence. It is clingy on the bends and handles with grippy reassurance. The steering has plenty of feel and is precise in action. There is a solidity and poise about the car that makes it very pleasing to drive.
There is a new feature on this newest Golf: a driver profile facility that gives you a choice between four modes that vary the engine mapping and prioritise the car’s responses to suit your mood or the kind of road you’re on. It lets you switch between normal driving, an eco mode, a sportier set-up or an individually programmed one. There is also a fifth mode, comfort, in versions of the Golf equipped with the twin-clutch DSG gearbox.
Ease of Use
The Golf’s dimensions are 4,255 long and 1,799 mm wide. So with a body that is just a bit larger than its predecessor, the Golf now has a little extra space squeezed into it, including an extra 30 litres of stowage room into the boot. So the boot space now ranges from 380 litres with all the seats in place, to 1,270 litres with the back seat row folded. The boot load height is a touch lower than previously, now down to 685 mm. In addition to the foldable rear seats that let you extend the load-carrying capacity, you can also optionally have a front passenger seat with a fold-down back, to allow you to carry items up to 1.4 metres long stowed from tailgate to dashboard inside the car.
The car’s maximum towing weight as tested in this two-litre diesel version is 1,600 kg.