Volkswagen has announced UK pricing for its all-new Golf – and it starts at £13,150.
There are three trim levels to choose from in the : S, SE, and GT. Standard equipment is surprisingly generous. Even the entry-level S features electronic stability control (called ESP in VWs), seven airbags, air conditioning, heated electric mirrors and remote central locking.
Upgrade to a Golf SE and you get an eight-speaker stereo with MP3-player connection, alloy wheels, cruise control, and automatic lights and wipers.
The Golf GT adds 15mm lower sports suspension, sports seats, front foglights, multifunction steering wheel (that is, with stereo and trip control controls on it), and bigger alloys.
Popular Golf diesel
As for engines, there will initially be a choice of four petrols and two turbodiesels. The petrols include two versions of VW’s latest 1.4 TSI (turbocharged for improved power and economy), alongside an ordinary 1.4 and 1.6. The more interesting TSIs start from £14,830.
The diesels are both 2.0-litre units with the latest ‘common rail’ injection technology for better efficiency, and should prove the pick of the range; they are also the most expensive (starting from £15,800).
We’ve driven both the petrol and diesel versions – find out what we thought in our .
Golf GTI to follow
Notable options include the availability of Park Assist and Adaptive Chassis Control. Park Assist (which we’ve also seen on the ) will steer the Golf into a kerbside parking space for you, while Adaptive Chassis Control, already seen on the and , balances handling and ride comfort with a choice of Normal, Comfort and Sport settings.
Quality and refinement are both improved over the previous generation Golf, and the new Golf is available to order now, with the first deliveries in January 2009.
Prices start at £13,150 for a 1.4 petrol S, rising to £20,980 for a 2.0 diesel GT with 138bhp and Volkswagen’s very slick ‘DSG’ twin-clutch semi-automatic gearbox.
A sporty Golf GTI variant will follow later in 2009 – the GTI design concept was shown at October’s .
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