A little over a year ago, Volkswagen Philippines brought in the Golf GTI. Fans of the German carmaker immediately fell in love with the hot hatch, if not for its pricing. You could say it was a case of love at first drive. And yet people asked: Where is the tamer, regular Golf model?
Well, the wait is finally over because the Golf has just arrived, and we've actually driven it already.
The seventh-generation Golf stays true to its roots aesthetically, maintaining the timeless silhouette and the familiar unified headlight-and-grille design fans have come to love since the original car came out in 1974. That said, the Golf is now also a very modern-looking vehicle. Sleek lines, 17-inch wheels and bi-xenon headlights (at least on the top-of-the-line Highline variant) give a dynamic yet subtle appearance most car buyers will appreciate.
The Golf's cabin features a very classy look--maybe even one of the most refined in its segment. The unit we had our hands on came equipped with posh Vienna leather seats and metallic-and-chrome trim. The instrument panel and the center console--the latter housing a 5.8-inch touchscreen entertainment system--have a very polished metal feel to them, too. And despite the number of buttons and switches present, getting a feel for the Golf's cockpit is a cinch, thanks to its two-tone color scheme, organized layout and driver-centric layout. Oh, and the rear aircon vents are just perfect for our hot, humid climate.
Powering the hatchback is a 1.4-liter TSI turbo engine rated at 148hp and 250Nm--enough for speeds of up to 216kph and a 0-100kph sprint time of 8.2 seconds. The powerplant features the company's Blue Motion start/stop technology, and is mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission. While this is obviously no GTI, the Golf still packs a fair bit of punch and still promises an engaging driving experience.
All Golf units come standard with seven airbags, electronic stability control, regenerative braking system and electronic lock differential. The bi-xenon headlights we mentioned earlier are complemented by LED daytime running lights, dynamic range adjustment and cornering lights, as well as automatic activation.
Available exterior colors include Pure White, Sunset Metallic Red, Limestone Gray and Deep Black Pearl. A Pacific Blue paint job is available exclusively for the Golf Comfortline variant.
Here are the official prices:
* Golf Comfortline 1.4 TSI DSG - P1,590,000
* Golf Highline 1.4 TSI DSG - P1,739,000
The arrival of the Golf makes Volkswagen's German quality and refinement available at more accessible price points than that of the GTI. You can see more of the Golf in our exclusive video below. And check out the photo gallery at the bottom as well.
Photos by Drei Laurel
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