Ask anyone who’s ever driven or owned a Volkswagen Golf and it’s more than likely they’ll tell you it’s the last word in compact hatchbacks. Especially in its current-generation (the seventh, for all you Golf nerds out there) form, a car that pretty much rewrote the rulebook in its segment when it made its debut some years ago.
The compact hatchback against which all others are judged, if we might be so bold.
We could go on for hours about how its MQB modular underpinnings deliver the seemingly opposed virtues of handling, comfort and interior space. Or how the Golf’s MEB electronics architecture delivers the sort of kit (we’re talking about a touchscreen infotainment system) once only seen on premium vehicles, and even then, premium vehicles near the top of the model heap.
At this point, you might be wondering something along the lines of “but how does that all benefit me?”
And that’s a very good question.
We could point you to the above and drone on about the Golf’s technical accomplishments, but we won’t. Instead, all we’ll tell you is that the Golf is all the car you’ll ever need, and even more so now that cars you get through Volkswagen Centre Singapore come standard with an R-Line bodykit mimicking what’s found on the mighty Golf R.
And did we also mention it’s going for the special price of $110,400?
So, just what are you getting for your money? Well, we’re happy to report that you’ll be getting quite a lot.
For starters, you’ll be getting that aforementioned racy bodystyling courtesy of the R-Line bodykit, and a full complement of LED lights to help you both see better at night and to help others see you better.
And you’ll be rocking out with the entire family on the inside with the eight-speaker sound system controlled through an 8-inch touchscreen. It goes without saying too, that you’ll be doing said rocking out in total comfort thanks to its luxury limousine levels of quietness, generous space in the rear bench, the dual-zone climate control and heat-insulating windows.
In case ferrying cargo, not people, is the order of the day, the Golf offers up 380 litres with the rear seats up. With them folded flat, you’ll have 1,270 litres at your disposal. All in a car measuring a little over 4m long.
Plus, the Golf will even save you big at the pumps. Its fuel consumption is rated at just 5.5L/100km, which will net you a range of some 900km. Amazing stuff, and even more so when you consider the Golf has a perky 1.4-litre engine with 125hp/200Nm at its disposal.
Now, given all that, there’s very little you could want for in your next car.
Actually, the ability to drive you to and from work, along with making you breakfast wouldn’t be unwelcome, and it’s true the Golf can’t do that… yet. Going by how advanced the current one is, we’d say that future probably isn’t too far off.