2019 Volkswagen Golf evaluation | Automotive Critiques
The seventh-generation 2019 Volkswagen Golf is with us one final time earlier than it heads to the retirement dwelling, because it makes means subsequent 12 months for the brand new and improved Golf, era 8. Feeling mushy and soft-hearted, we’re able to forgive this mature mannequin all kinds of little faults and foibles resulting from its superior age – however we uncover there’s not likely all that a lot to forgive.
The very definition of a certain wager
With its substitute already within the pipeline, the 2019 Golf will get few adjustments of any substance (as with final 12 months’s mannequin, in reality). However design-wise, there was valuable no use for a lot tweaking, actually. If ain’t broke, they are saying… and this, the top-selling mannequin in Volkswagen historical past, most positively wasn’t damaged. So the look stays the identical (spoiler: it’s not altering all that a lot for the mk8 both). This model particularly is a safety blanket of kinds for many who like timeless design and aren’t drawn to the flame that’s contemporaneity.
VW is providing its final present Golf in a number of exterior colors starting from a sober metallic gray to a daring(ish) metallic inexperienced. The usual wheels are 15-inch aluminum alloys, with greater trims getting 16-inch and 17-inch wheels.
Inside, the 2019 Golf retains the identical common design as earlier, which we’ll name Basic VW. The design is, if not sparse, comparatively sober and easy, which I proceed to search out refreshing at a time when many interiors endure from an overdose of stuff, angles, compartments and whatnot. Leather-based-wrapped steering wheel in hand, I used to be pleased to have a lot of the instructions I wanted for the infotainment system obtainable to permit me to maintain my arms the place they have been.
When it comes to expertise, once more, this final go-round for the mk7 doesn’t get any large updates, however the 8-inch infotainment touchscreen is as simple of use as the inside writ massive, splendidly designed to permit you to preserve your give attention to the highway.
All the things – the bodily in addition to the digital stuff – is organized in order that it’s inside simple attain. And that’s exactly what’s so good about “mature” fashions: all of the little design weaknesses have been ironed out over time, the conception getting just a little extra good yearly, and thru each era.
Additionally worthy of point out is the superb Fender audio system. To those ears it’s certainly one of, if not THE finest programs available on the market, outdoors of the posh manufacturers after all.
You may also improve your expertise with the Golf by checking the choice for the facility sunroof for these heat sunny days or to get pleasure from some contemporary autumn air.
When it comes to house, the 2019 Golf is as versatile as ever, it being to accommodate 5 passengers comfortably whereas leaving 493 litres of house for cargo in again. The again row is 60/40 cut up fold-down and when all of it’s folded down you get a wholesome 1,521 litres of house – wholesome certainly, for a zippy small metropolis automotive.
Security-wise, we’re thankfully not coping with an end-of-cycle paucity of applied sciences. You get a post-collision automated braking system (that tightens the seatbelts and prompts the emergency brake keep away from additional harm), plus there’s blind spot monitor, rear site visitors alert, adaptive cruise management, ahead pedestrian detection or a parking assistant as an possibility.
Sure, there’s truly one thing new for 2019. The 1.8L 4-cylinder turbo engine has made means for a 1,4L turbo unit. This results in a discount in energy from 170 hp and 147 hp, together with 184 lb-ft of torque.
On paper it appears illogical to introduce this sort of energy drop, however in actuality the distinction just isn’t noticeable behind the wheel of the 2019 Golf. The powertrain’s improved effectivity does a very good job of compensating.
Particular point out goes to Volkswagen persevering with to supply a 6-speed guide gearbox as an alternative choice to the 8-speed automated transmission. Even when just about nobody is selecting that possibility anymore, it’s good not less than some proceed to place it on the menu.
When it comes to the consumption, Volkswagen’s official numbers are 8.2L/100 km (metropolis) and 6.3L/100 km (freeway). Personally I ended my week at 8.8L/100 km mixed, which is farther than I’d like from the official figures. Nonetheless it’s greater than acceptable, particularly since most of my time was spent driving metropolis streets. This new 1.4L, together with the automated cease/begin operate, helps enhance economic system.
On the highway
In the event you’ve pushed a Golf within the final decade, you received’t discover many surprises within the 2019 version. The 2019 VW Gold is not going to give you a transcendent driving expertise, however it’s a really ready, reliable and even dynamic on-road companion. As talked about, you don’t actually really feel the smaller output of the engine, maybe as a result of the torque obtainable is up barely – simply what you need when scooting across the metropolis.
Even higher, that Tiptronic transmission of the Golf is extra strong, exact and responsive than all these CVTs that you simply discover in most of immediately’s comparable fashions, which proper there makes of the Golf a a lot sportier creature than most of its direct rivals. You might need anticipated the growing old chassis of the Golf to make for barely limp dealing with when cornering, however that’s completely not the case. The nostril of the automotive reacts very properly to your instructions relayed to the steering wheel, and when heading on to winding nation roads you’re unlikely to endure any lack of confidence. A mature product, keep in mind…
The steering itself is crisp and the Golf is, true to its status, an awesome handler. Stepping on the brakes, for instance, conjures up complete confidence; I did discover the braking distance a tad lengthy, however you understand you possibly can reliably depend on the system to work as marketed.
We’re not dealing right here with a pocket rocket, to make certain – for that you simply’ll should cross the showroom flooring to the a lot sportier – and way more costly – Golf GTI and Golf R. However the common Golf’s relative paucity of uncooked energy does nothing to remove from its spectacular charms, one which drives splendidly in city settings and really reliably on the freeway.
The 2019 Golf begins at $22,500 for the Comfortline; the value climbs to $25,600 for the Highline and to $30,020 for the Execline trim.
As compared, pleasure seekers might want to fork over not less than $30,845 for the Golf GTI and its 2.0L turbo engine; the Golf R begins at round 10 grand greater than that, which actually takes you out of the Golf’s worth class.
There’s no denying that the present Golf is surrounded on all sides by stronger, youthful rivals because it involves the top of its present cycle, and technologically this VW is not cutting-edge. On th different hand there are few if any fashions on the market which are as mature as this, the place all these small issues that add as much as rather a lot have been fine-tuned and perfected to make for an environment friendly, user-friendly journey. That is nonetheless a compelling alternative for many who like certain bets, and who could need to get in on the top of an period earlier than the Golf mk8 seems subsequent 12 months.
•Crisp, condifence-inspiring drive
•The selection of transmissions
•A perfected inside and a timeless design
•That hatch remains to be as sensible and aprreciated as ever
We like much less
•Lack of uncooked energy
2019 Volkswagen Golf footage