The 2015 Volkswagen Golf finally arrives in the US in the coming month of August and will start from $17,995 for the 2-door Golf Launch Edition model, a good drop of $2000 compared to the previous generation model.
The seventh generation Golf will be available in 2- or 4-door configuration and with a choice of two powertrains: an existing TSI petrol unit and an all new turbo TDI clean diesel heart. Apart from the new engine, the 2015 Golf also features a bigger outer-shell – 2.1 inches longer, 0.5 inches wider and 1.1 inches shorter. Based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform, the styling of the model has also been refreshed, including a new front. Complementing the new fascia is a set of sharply-styled headlights, a sleeker grille and some extra character lines.
The inside of the new Golf too receives some improvements both in terms of features and space. The trunk offers an additional 8 percent of cargo capacity which directly puts it in competition with some of the best mid size sedans in the US market. As far as the improvements inside the cabin go, the driver controls have been repositioned along with changes made to the seat position, shift height and pedal spacing, making the cabin even more driver friendly. As a new standard feature, Volkswagen has added a touchscreen infotainment system with a 5.8-inch capacitive display.
The new Golf is powered by a two new turbo and direct injection engines: a 1.8-liter TSI and a 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel unit. The turbo petrol unit produces 170 hp at 4,500 rpm and peak torque of 200 lb-ft available between 1,600 rpm and 2,650 rpm. The all new diesel engine puts out 150 hp at 3,500 rpm and peak torque of 236 lb-ft at 1,750 rpm. The Clean Diesel unit returns 31 mpg in city and 35 mpg on highway.
Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic for the TSI engine, and a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic for the Clean Diesel.
The car also gets a new standard safety feature in the form of Volkswagen’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking system that automatically applies the brakes in case of a primary collision to avoid additional collisions.