The Volkswagen Golf MK7 – 2012’s ultimate family car


Heralded as the What Car? Family Car of the Year 2013, the new Volkswagen Golf MK7 has certainly caused a stir, and the critical acclaim is much deserved.

The Golf’s typically minimalist design has become synonymous with a classy, refined drive, and the new MK7 model is no different. It’s built with a compact, well-rounded frame and predatory headlights. The aerodynamic physique lends itself to sharp, nimble steering, but the frame has also been painstakingly constructed by Volkswagen’s engineers to enhance strength and manoeuvrability.

A well-organised cabin is ergonomically laid out to greet passengers. The driver-focused dashboard comprises a multifunction display, sporty white instrument lighting, and an innovative multifunction steering wheel with built-in electronic power steering. When it comes to family-friendly hatchbacks, there’s few more practical options than the Golf MK7, which boasts ample storage space and ISOFIX child seat fittings.

The broad range of models on offer is testament to the Golf MK7’s versatility, and whether you choose a hatchback or an estate, you’re guaranteed a class-leading engine with mouth-watering potential. Choose a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine to hit 60mph in just 8.4 seconds, with an impressive sustained high speed of 132mph. The addition of innovative BlueMotion technology helps the Golf MK7 to a combined fuel economy of up to 74.3mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km. The new Golf’s outstanding efficiency statistics enable motorists to save money on road tax and company car tax bills as well as fuel costs, so whether gearing up for the school run or blazing down the motorway, the car ensures a smooth and affordable drive.

If you want more than our word on the new Golf MK7, Auto Car called it ‘arguably the single most able family hatchback ever to have been launched.’


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