New engine line-up and colour pallet manage to keep the Volkswagen Golf at the top of its game
“New engine line-up and colour pallet manage to keep the Volkswagen Golf at the top of its game”
Wide choice of engines, body styles and trim levels
Good reliability and resale values
Not the most original choice
Can get pricey
Standard kit could be better
The Volkswagen Golf has been given a midlife facelift. It’s not a car that the German giants have ever needed any help shifting, having sold over 136,000 of them in Ireland alone. But as with anything else in life, if you want to stay at the top of your game, you need to keep things fresh.
Differences in the exterior are subtle to say the least. Volkswagen probably figured that since we liked the last one so much, they shouldn’t do too much messing around there. There have some minor enhancements all the same. The taillights are now full LED, the headlights stretch ever so slightly further back, and a new chrome strip above the air intake features on all models except the entry-level Trendline.
The more exciting developments take place under the hood. The new Golf is now available with an impressively powerful 1.0-litre turbo-charged petrol engine. Then there’s the new colour pallet, and in a completely unforeseen turn of events, Volkswagen have somehow managed to convince us that buying a yellow car isn’t actually such a terrible idea after all.
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