Volkswagen has released the first pictures of the sixth generation Golf, which is due to go on sale in January.
The new model draws on the design of the new Scirocco and has been hailed by the German carmaker as the safest, most technically advanced and most dynamic Golf to date.
The new Golf will come with a choice of petrol and diesel engines including the new 2.0-litre TDI 110 PS which emits 119g/km of CO2 while returning 62.7 mpg on the combined cycle.
Owners will have the option of adaptive chassis control (ACC) which allows the driver to select from normal, comfort or sport modes to define the desired suspension, steering and accelerator response settings for any particular journey.
Another option will be automatic distance control. It monitors the area around the vehicle through a series of sensors and reduces the vehicle’s speed should an obstruction be identified.
The dashboard incorporates white backlit dials in recessed, individual cowls behind a three-spoke steering wheel with the option of controls for entertainment and communications functions.
Volkswagen says its engineers have also reduced wind noise by using a completely new design of door and window seals, while a new engine mounting system also helps make the new Golf the quietest yet.
Safety features include seven airbags and a new head-restraint system designed to reduce whiplash injuries.
Volkswagen says that prices and specifications for the new Golf will be announced closer to the vehicle’s launch towards the end of the year.
Which? Car editor Richard Headland said: ‘VW has been keeping its cards close to its chest on the new Golf, but the first pictures show it to be a subtle but smart evolution of the Mk 5’s design.
‘It’s sure to be popular with UK buyers. We’ll be driving the new Golf next month, so look out for our first drive in mid September.’
For your weekly fix of car news and reviews, sign up to our Which? Car email. We’ll drop you a line every Friday with what’s hot in the world of motoring – and some very tempting deals, too.