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2021 Volkswagen Golf

2021 VW Golf

It’s around 45 years since the first of the Volkswagen Golf hatchbacks rolled off the manufacturing floor at Wolfsburg.  It is an iconic car, loved by so many and hugely popular today.  The VW Golf was Europe’s (and Germany’s) bestselling car for 2020.  2021 sees the Mark VIII Volkswagen Golf back with a streamlined, lower overall appearance that I quite like.  The front nose of the new Gold has been crimped and has a sharper edge to it with sleeker headlamps and twin L-Shaped DRLs set into the headlight design.  Down the side of the car is an elegant crease that runs from the front door back to the taillight.  It’s got sweet aerodynamic lines for a popular FWD family hatchback, and the car’s silhouette flows nicely up over the bonnet, up over the roof line and then plunges down over a gorgeous little roof spoiler that tucks in at the back.  The 2021 Golf has some lovely alloy wheel designs that keep you mesmerised by their patterns, and they fill out the wheel arches flawlessly.  Around the back of the Golf Hatch the car looks really smart and boasts LED taillight clusters.  There is even quad exhausts on GTI models.

2021 VW Golf

I love the work Volkswagen have done in the interior of the 2021 Golf.  This is the part of the Golf where you’ll notice a heap of changes, particularly in the front of the cabin.  Across the dash is a completely new design that looks very contemporary.  It offers two screens where one is for the digital driver’s display, which offers plenty of settings, and the other is the touchscreen (with gesture control as well) that is situated in the centre of the dash.  The dash design is clean, simple and very modern.  With this new style Volkswagen have definitely got the Golf right up to date.  There are minimal buttons for menu controls on the infotainment system, and there are sliding channels that can be swiped for controlling features like the audio’s volume.  You have four manual buttons which get you directly through to the car’s driver assistance systems, the climate control functions, the driving modes and the infotainment menu.  Even the light switches have their own touch screen panel.  Voice command can also be used for controlling various functions.

Down on the centre console is a small paddle lever for the gear selection in automatic models.  Gone is the big T-gear selector.  Paddle shifters are standard on automatic versions.  A handy storage slot for items is situated to the left of the small selector, and without the big T-selector there is more space in and around the front seats.  You’ll find at the front of the centre console is a wireless charging space for your phone.  A range of colours and settings for the cabin’s ambient lighting makes for a very pleasant night-time driving experience.  Three-zone climate control makes its way into all new VW Golf models, and if you really want a concert-like musical experience then Harman Kardon sound systems with 480W is available in the sound and vision package.  Each new Golf comes with adaptive cruise control, rear traffic alert, distance warning displays, a driver fatigue detection system, front assist with pedestrian and cyclist monitoring functions, lane assist, oncoming vehicle braking when turning, park assist, parking bay and parallel parking assistance, front and rear parking distance sensors, a rear view camera, traction control, a full array of airbags and traffic jam assist.  You can also opt for a Comfort and Style Package or a Luxury Package among a variety of individuality suits and choices that can make your new Golf just the way you want it.  A panoramic sunroof is a nice option, too.

Slip into the back seats and the room for tall adults is excellent, while the comfort and cushioning is also top shelf for rear seat passengers.  You certainly have better space in the back seats than you will find available in a Corolla, though the Focus probably leads the way for outright backseat spaciousness.

2021 VW Golf

Boot room is 381 litres below the shelf panel and the shape is nice and rectangular and perfect for swallowing cargo.  Back seat rests fold down with a 60:40 split folding design, allowing you to extend the cargo area to a cavernous size.  The doors are happy to take a bottle and the cup holders in the centre console can hold a variety of sizes thanks to their clever design.

Under the bonnet of the Golf, Golf Life and Golf R-Line sits a 1.4-litre Turbo petrol engine with 110 kw of power and 250 Nm of torque at its peak.  The GTI boasts the 180 kW 2.0-litre turbo petrol with 180 kW and 370 Nm.  Both engines run on 95 unleaded.  A 6-speed manual transmission and 8-speed automatic transmission works with the 1.4-litre, while a 7 Speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) with sport mode is found in the GTI.  It takes between 8 and 9 seconds for the 1.4-litre Golf to run through the 0-100 km/h dash, and around 6.5 seconds for the GTI.

Ride quality is especially good and puts it into the best in class category for a front-wheel-drive Hatch, particularly the 1.4-litre Life and R-Line models.  The ride quality and the comfy seats go hand in hand to making this a great place to spend time travelling in.  Of course, the GTI is sportier.

2021 VW Golf

The 2021 Volkswagen Golf models currently include the:

  • Golf
  • Golf Life
  • Golf R-Line
  • Golf GTI

For any more information on the new VW Golf or, for that matter, any other new car, contact one of our friendly consultants on 1300 303 181.  If you’d like some fleet discount pricing (yes even for private buyers!), we can submit vehicle quote requests out to our national network of Volkswagen dealers and come back with pricing within 24 hours.  Private Fleet – car buying made easy!