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VW Golf VII against Ford Focus and Opel Astra: New three-way battle

Christian Schulte
New VW Golf VII against Ford Focus and Opel Astra
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After the transition from the Golf V to the current sixth generation in autumn 2008 had the character of a profound model update , Volkswagen is completely overhauling its bestseller four years later. With ambitious plans: a large part of the future group series is to be built on a single, modular vehicle architecture. And the first VW model to use this modular transverse matrix (MQB) is the new Golf VII, which will be available from dealers from November ( d he first information and pictures of the VW Golf VII ).

VW Golf VII gets new engines

As the front wheels move 40 millimeters forward, the VW Golf is waiting VII with almost identical dimensions with improved space and ten percent more trunk volume. Details such as the door joint running parallel to the taillights on the four-door model are reminiscent of the VW Golf IV. However, experiments are not required in the design - the Golf must be immediately recognizable as such. Under the sheet metal come with the MQB ( all information about the modular transverse matrix ) also new, lighter and more economical engines are used - with similar core data as before.

In the future, the range will include two petrol engines (1.2 TSI with 85/105 PS, 1.4 TSI with 122/140 PS) and two diesels (1.6 TDI with 90/105 PS, 2.0 TDI with 140/180 PS) . Start-stop is available for all variants up to the VW Golf GTI (in future with 220 PS), which will start together with the 180 PS GTD in spring 2013.

Particularly interesting: The new VW Golf 1.4 TSI will in future dispense with the additional compressor and, in the 140 PS version, is the first four-cylinder in the world to be equipped with cylinder deactivation. This alone reduces the standard consumption by around 0.4 L /100 km. Whether the engine is running on four or only two cylinders should not be felt while driving. Numerous alternative drives also help to reduce CO2 emissions, but these are only gradually being added to the range.

Ford and Opel won't make it easy for the Golf

But the competition is also waiting in 2012 with interesting alternativeson. Ford is completing its Ecoboost petrol engine and is the first in the compact class to take the step to the three-cylinder (Ford Focus with three-cylinder). As a high-volume entry-level engine, the 1.0 turbo promises significantly fewer emissions. The super-economical Econetic diesel, the all-electric Ford Focus and - despite the beefy engine - the sporty ST aim in the same notch. When Ford will offer the dual clutch transmission not only for the diesel but also for the Ecoboost gasoline engine is still open - technically nothing speaks against it.

The Opel Astra is lagging behind in this respect, at least the conversion to new turbocharged direct injection engines will begin at the end of 2012. HP-hungry customers can expect the strong Opel Astra GTC OPC , a bit later a biturbo with 195 hp follows as the top diesel. In addition to the new notchback variant, a subtle facelift will refresh the series in August. Technologies known from the Opel Zafira Tourer, such as adaptive cruise control, expand the range of assistance systems.

VW Golf VII with numerous assistance systems

The extensively equipped Ford Focus has rushed ahead on this topic. But with the MQB system, drowsiness warning, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and the proactive occupant protection system known from the Touareg or the adaptive cruise control are also available for the VW Golf VII ( all Assistance systems at a glance ). But that's not all: there is also an electronically controlled front axle differential lock, progressive steering with variable gear ratio, an environment monitoring system and an up to eight-inch touchscreen that reacts as soon as you approach the surface.

Even if all of this is not available free of charge, customers should also benefit from the cost savings that VW achieves with MQB. The new multi-collision brake, which automatically decelerates after the first impact, reduces the severity of possible consequential accidents, will be part of the standard specification on the VW Golf.


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