Volkswagen Golf Variant – Test Drive

A big Golf or a little Passat?

Wolfsburg (Germany)– Volkswagen renews Golf Variant to distinguish by the previous version. Infomotori.co.uk went to the official presentation in Germany to test this new version and discover its differences with the original version. Design The “Variant” is as spacious as it is variable. The new Variant – like the classic Golf and the Golf Plus (including CrossGolf) – is already in its third single remake of the successful “Golf” album. Spacious. Like its predecessor, the new Golf Variant, now 15.9 centimeters longer, is marked by an ideal ratio of interior and exterior dimensions. Its maximum cargo capacity grew from 1,470 to 1,550 liters, for example, and when used as a five-seater 560 liters of cargo (with spare wheel well) still fit into the cargo area. Interior Extensive. Volkswagen is offering the new Golf Variant in the equipment lines Trendline, Comfortline and Sportline. Even the Trendline base equipment line comes with ESP, six airbags, 16-inch wheels, power windows front and rear, central locking with remote keyless entry, tilt-up cargo floor and asymmetrically split folding rear bench seat with armrests. Distinctive special equipment, and in the case of the Golf Variant Sportline even standard, is the newly designed, two-piece glass panorama sunroof (standard on the Sportline) with a length of 1.36 meters and width of 0.87 meters. Powertrain High-spirited and economical. The new Golf Variant is being launched with two diesel and three gasoline engines, including four direct injection engines. Serving as the entry level engine is a 1.6-liter four cylinder that outputs 75 kW / 102 PS. Positioned above it are the twincharged TSI engines with high-end technology. These high-torque power packages deliver 103 kW / 140 PS and 125 kW / 170 PS, respectively. Factory equipped with diesel particulate filters are the two strong TDIs of the Golf Variant at 77 kW / 105 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS. Innovative: The DSG dual clutch transmission. It is optional on all engines with the exception of the 1.6-liter gasoline engine. On the road This time Infomotori.co.uk can properly test this car’s speed, as German highways are good enough to allow us great driving performances. The 1.4 litres 140 hp can allow outstanding performance, even if it is not as good in consumptions: 7,1 litres per 100 km. What is certain is that we got great fun in testing its aerodynamics. The 6 speed manual gear results good and precise, while the braking system is definately excellent. The 2.0 Tdi Engine is silent, while automatic transmission can ensure a perfect driving pleasure. On its whole, we have the impression to be safe while driving this Golf Variant, as the adherence on the road is excellent, with no ripples on the bends.

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