Volkswagen has presented the facelift of the Golf VII. The so-called “update” does not change the design, but brings more digital functions, more power and more range.
Volkswagen has revised the golf and that the manufacturer speaks of an update has its reason. Outwardly, the volume model has hardly changed, the design update includes new bumpers, new fenders, as standard new full LED headlights for e-golf, golf GTE and all Golf GTI and Golf R. In addition, every gulf now comes as standard with full- LED taillights. The changes after the boarding are clearly shown. Instead of analogue scales, the driver now reads the information from the so-called “active info display”, fully-digitized and animated instruments, which were previously only available in the Passat. In the center console some buttons are missing: the “discover pro” infotainment system reacts to the touch of the surface and can be controlled by gestures for selected functions.
At the same time, Volkswagen offers more online services and apps, and various assistants are now available – such as the city emergency braking function with a new pedestrian detection system, which allows the new collision checker for partially-automated driving up to 60 km / h New “emergency assist”, which is already available in the Skoda Octavia. It monitors the activity of the driver – for example, if he does not have his hands on the steering wheel and does not respond to the system’s instructions, the emergency assistant can gradually slow the vehicle to a standstill, activating the hazard warning system and sending an emergency call using “ecall”.
Apart from assistance systems and digitization, Volkswagen has revamped the driving force of the golf – especially at the e-Golf. Its lithium-ion battery now has an energy content of 35.8 kWh, previously it was 24.2 kWh. At the same time, Volkswagen is installing a new electric motor that delivers 100 kW / 136 hp rather than 85 kW / 115 hp and 290 Newtonmeters more than 20 Nm more torque than its predecessor. After 9.6 seconds, the e-Golf reaches 100 km / h, its top speed is limited to 150 km / h. The range is supposed to be 200 kilometers in “customer-relevant annual means” – that is, the normal driver creates an average of 300 kilometers.
The average fuel consumption is 12.7 kWh, while the test drive in Majorca with two people in the vehicle, baggage and the air-conditioning system were just under 16 kWh, but the 200 km were realistic. The e-Golf can be charged at the 230 V socket. At 2.3 kW it takes about 13 hours, until the charge of the battery has reached 80 percent of the maximum capacity. At a charging station with 7.2 kW, about four hours pass, by means of “combined charging system” with 40 kW promises VW only 45 minutes.
Inductive charging is still not provided for the e-Golf. “Together with other OEMs and the VDA, we are developing a standard for the inductive charging”, explains Tim-Martin Scholz, Technical Project Manager of Golf GTE. “In this way, we are avoiding the installation of a current system which may not meet the future standards to be defined.” According to the Verband der Automobilindustrie eV (VDA), several projects are underway in various organizations, ISO, IEC and SAE Basic safety requirements and system usage requirements. In addition, these standards should, where technically possible, ensure interoperability between systems and vehicles worldwide. The association assumes that these standards are coordinated worldwide in 2018.
Electrical without coverage
Until the purely electric mobility prevails, the majority of the golf buyers should choose the mixed form anyway: the GTE. Its drive is divided by a 110 kW / 150 hp strong TSI and a 75 kW / 102 hp electric engine, the system rated VW to 150 kW / 204 hp. The newly developed hybrid strategy is new: the road data of the navigation system and the GPS data are fed into the drive control system. The system thus recognizes the topography of the route – mountains, motorways, country roads or a city area – in advance and tunes the use of the engines on the track. For example, the TSI engine is more frequently used on the road at 100 km / h. When approaching a locality, the system activates the electric motor alone. The interaction of the two motors is very inconspicuous and often not perceptible.
In addition, other driving modes are possible: In the “E-Mode” the GTE is fully electric – in the NEFZ 50 kilometers far, in the mode GTE both motors work together. In addition, the charging level of the battery can be deliberately kept constant and the battery can be charged during the journey, for example, to drive emissions before the target without emissions. The average consumption is given by VW with 1.6 l / 100 km of petrol, and 11.4 kWh / 100 km of electricity in the NEFZ for hybrid vehicles.
The range is more interested in the new GTI and R – this is about maximum driving pleasure. Both models are available with a newly developed 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG). In the “normal version” of the GTI the driver is available 230 hp. The expansion, the GTI Performance, brings it to 180 kW / 245 hp – 15 hp more than its predecessor. The maximum torque increased by 20 to 370 Nm. Thus motorized, the GTI accelerates performance in 6.2 seconds to 100 km / h; The maximum speed is electronically limited at 250 km / h. Experts of the model will appreciate the seat-backs in check-optics, which are reminiscent of the original GTI from the year 1976.
The new Golf “R” pushes the driving dynamics to the top as sedan and variant. Both are equipped as standard with all-wheel drive – and both deliver 228 kW / 310 hp and support up to 400 Newton meters of torque in the DSG version on the crankshaft. This is of course sufficient for the usual, electronically limited 250 km / h. More exciting is the sprint from the stand to 100 km / h: the sedan creates it with DSG in 4.6 seconds. And if the 250 km / h mentioned is not sufficient, the electronic lock can be lifted with the optional “performance package” available from autumn – then the top speed increases to 267 and 270 km / h respectively. The optional titanium sports exhaust system for the “R” saloon comes from the Slovenian specialist Akrapovič. It is seven kilograms lighter than the conventional system, looks better and, above all, it sounds more authentic than what the sound generator sounds into the interior – even if it is surprisingly subtle. For this, the golf remains a golf and can also be driven through a residential area at night without provoking anger. Annoying in the transferred sense is rather the extra charge: around 3.800 euros.
The sporty driving dynamics include a front axle differential lock and a more powerful braking system with perforated pin washers. The actual disc is connected by means of pins to the aluminum body of the brake disc. The advantage is that the design is lighter – in the “R” two kilograms compared to the standard braking system, insensitive to high thermal load and the windscreen can expand when heated, so it does not distort under load. On the racetrack, these advantages were noticeable: the pressure point of the brake is precisely adjustable, fading does not take place even after several strong braking from high speeds. The price for so much fun is at least 40.675 Euros for the “R” or 44.800 Euros for the “R” Variant. The GTI is a little cheaper from 29.975 euros, as a performance version from 32.475 euros. For the GTE and the e-Golf, 36,900 euros are due, respectively 35,900 euros, to drive purely electrically.
In addition to the models mentioned, the model maintenance naturally also concerns the “standard golf”. Here the new Turbobenzin direct injection engines debuted. The first is the 1.5 TSI Evo, a 110 kW / 150 hp four-cylinder turbofan with variable cylinder cut-off and common-rail direct injection. It develops its maximum torque of 250 Nm at only 1,500 rpm and is intended to consume 4.9 l / 100 km in the NEDC. A variant with 96 kW / 130 hp is also supposed to follow – this version is expected to reach 4.6 l / 100 km. The special features of the engine include a new combustion process, derived from the Miller-Cycle, and a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. The engine achieves its full torque of 200 Nm already at 1400 rpm. As a world champion, the 1.5 TSI Evo with 130 hp will also have an extended sail function with a deactivated engine – which completely switches off the engine when taking the throttle. In real operation this is to save up to 0.4 l / 100 km. The starting price for the Golf with 1.5 TSI Evo and DSG is 26.350 Euro.