Volkswagen Golf R VII Review & Ratings
- 8 December 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Volkswagen Golf R VII, or the Mk7 as it is also known in certain markets, is classified as a compact car and is currently in its seventh generation. This vehicle is successor to the Volkswagen Golf Mk6 and it was initially announced in Berlin in September of 2012, just before it was publicly displayed at the Paris Auto Show in 2012. Delivery of these vehicles to dealerships started in November of 2012 in various European markets. This vehicle uses the same MQB platform as the third generation Audi 3 as well as the Skoda Octavia and SEAT Leon.
The Golf F VII has a much more spacious cabin than the previous generation of this vehicle as well as more shoulder room for both front and rear seat passengers. The boot space and rear legroom of the vehicle has also been increased significantly. There are also a number of safety features that this car is equipped with, including a multi-collision braking system which automatically stops the car after an accident so as to avoid another collision. The Golf R VII comes with adaptive cruise control with an emergency braking function along with driver fatigue detection, a lane-keeping assistant, an automatic parking system, and traffic sign recognition.
The engine options for this car include 1.2 and 1.4 liter turbocharged petrol engines which are rated for 85 PS and 140 PS respectively. There are also 1.6 and 2.0 liter diesel engines which are capable of 105 PS and 150 PS respectively. The 1.6 TDi BlueMotion Concept vehicle has an estimated fuel consumption of 3.2 liters/100 km or 88 mpg, as well as an anticipated 85 g/km CO2 emissions. The available body styles for the Volkswagen Golf R VII include a three and five-door hatchback as well as a five-door estate and a five-door Golf SV, which eventually replaced the Golf Plus model.
The Golf TSI model is gasoline-powered, the Gold TDI is diesel-powered, the Golf TGI uses compressed natural gas, the e-Golf vehicle is electrically powered, and the Golf GTE is classified as a plug-in hybrid. These vehicle utilize a modular transverse matrix assembly kit which helps in the manufacturing process in relation to their respective gasoline, natural gas, electric/hybrid, and diesel engines. All of the models of this vehicle that use internal combustion engines are 4-cylinder units.
Similar to its award-winning hatchback sibling, the Golf Estate comes in three different trim levels, including S, SE, and GT models. Each of these models have the same high levels of equipment as well as safety features and refined overall designs. There are four different petrol engines available for the estate version of this car, and they range in power from 85-140 PS and 90-150 PS for the diesel versions. The Volkswagen e-Golf was unveiled as a 2015 production model at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013. This vehicle has a practical all-electric range of 130-190 km.
The Golf GTE variant marked a huge milestone for Volkswagen, as it was their first plug-in hybrid vehicle and is driven by two different power sources, including the 1.4 liter 150 PS TSi direct-injection petrol engine, and the 102 PS electric motor. With these two power sources, this vehicle has a total power output of 204 PS and a theoretical range of 933 km or 580 miles. When the electric motor is used by itself, the GTE can go up to 81 mph. When this car is in EV mode, it has a range of approximately 50 km or 31 miles. The all-electric mode with this vehicle can be activated by simply pushing a button and is considered to be one of the more innovative hybrids to hit the market.