The 2013 Volkswagen Golf – the Golf Mk 7 – is now on sale in the UK just weeks after its official debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
It often takes months from a new car’s official debut before it goes on sale, but not so with the MK 7 Golf.
Volkswagen has put the new Golf – the MK 7 version of the best-selling Golf – on sale in the UK already, with first customer cars due to arrive in January 2013 – although the range is still limited.
On offer to order now in the UK is the Golf S, Golf SE and Golf GT, but if you want the new Golf GTI – or a BlueMotion of 4Motion Golf Mk 7 – you’re going to have to wait until well in to 2013 to be able to place your order. But you do have the option of a 3 or 5 door golf and a choice of four petrol and two diesel engines.
The petrol engine choices for the new Golf – for now – are the 1.2 litre in 84bhp or 104bhp guise, the 1.4 TSI with 120bhp and the same 1.4 TSI but with VW’s Active Cylinder Technology. It gets extra horses – 138bhp – and thanks to the cylinder deactivation stuff gets an official economy figure of 60.1mpg.
Despite the strong petrol offerings – which are the best choice unless you’re doing daft mileage – the diesel Golfs will probably be the best sellers. For now, you have a choice of the 1.6 TDI with 104bhp or the 1.6 TDI with 148bhp.
Even the basic spec in the Golf S is decent and includes ABS and ESP with an electronic diff lock, 5.8″ colour touchscreen, DAB, CD, Bluetooth and semi-auto climate. The Golf SE adds Distance Control, auto lights and wipers and Driver Alert with the Golf GT coming with 17″ alloys, Fogs, Cherry Red rear lights, electric folding door mirrors, parking sensors, sports seats and SatNav.
The new Golf starts from an almost bargain £16,285 (rising, for now, to £24,880) and first customer cars are due to arrive early in January 2013.