Volkswagen’s new Golf VII has now been driven by the world’s motoring journos. Here’s a sample of what they’re saying:
Vicky Parrot, Autocar: “The Golf is precisely the globally appealing and useful car it needs to be. The desirability stakes have been upped, and it is generally a sharper, more complete package. It is a VW Golf, purified.”
[see video review below]
Stephen Dobie, Evo: “The smooth manner in which it delivers its power is impressive, while the switch between two- and four-cylinder operation can only really be identified by an icon in the instrument panel. Combine all that with a supple ride (which some badly maintained roads on our Sardinian test route gave a stern test), and the Golf offers an experience as classy as its pricier Audi cousin.”
Paul Horrell, Top Gear: “The handling’s fine too, as you’d expect from a car where they’ve moved weight away from the nose. It resists understeer and takes all the swerves you chuck at it. But it is a bit po-faced. It stops short of actually encouraging you to throw swerves at it.”
Looks like it’s a case of same old for the new Golf, with about 10% improvement in all areas. Not earth shattering and, quite probably, entirely to VW’s script.
In addition to the Autocar video review we have added another from Auto Week, just make sure you switch on the English subtitles. Also included is some driving footage of the Golf VII filmed on the roads of Sardinia, where the press launch took place.