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2015 Volkswagen Golf is Bigger, Safer, and Smarter Than Current Model

2015 Volkswagen Golf is Bigger, Safer, and Smarter Than Current Model

By Jeff Youngs, April 02, 2013
At the 2013 New York International Auto Show, Volkswagen officially confirmed that the next-generation Volkswagen Golf will be a 2015 model when it goes on sale in the United States early in 2014. The automaker characterizes the redesigned 2015 Volkswagen Golf as larger yet lighter, bigger inside yet more fuel efficient, and notes that the new 2015 Golf is engineered with an "enhanced crash structure." Three versions will be available: Golf, Golf TDI Clean Diesel, and GTI. The GTI variant is discussed in a separate article.

The new 2015 Volkswagen Golf employs traditional exterior styling cues, but the vehicle's proportions are different, especially in front, where the front wheels are moved 1.7 inches farther forward at the same time that the Golf's overall length increases by 2.2 inches. The new Golf adds half an inch in width and loses just over an inch in height, and Volkswagen claims a 10% improvement in aerodynamics as the underlying body shell is 51 pounds lighter than the model it replaces.

Inside, the 2015 Golf gains 1.2 inches of front and rear shoulder room and more than half an inch in rear leg room. Because of the vehicle's proportional changes, Volkswagen says the driving position is improved over previous models. Trunk space increases, too, by 8% according to Volkswagen, and the rear load height drops to 26.2 inches. For added cargo capacity, the trunk floor can be removed or the rear seats can be folded forward.

Soft-touch materials and accents rendered in chrome, aluminum, and piano black characterize the 2015 Golf's redesigned cabin, which features white backlighting at night. A wide center console is oriented toward the driver, and the new Golf offers larger and more numerous storage spaces, a new steering wheel with cruise controls mounted to it rather than the turn signal stalk, a 5.8-inch touch-screen radio display, and connections including a USB port, iPod cable, and an SD card slot. The optional infotainment system is equipped with a proximity-sensing touch screen and the optional DVD navigation system offers 3-D graphics.

A new turbocharged, direct-injection, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the 2015 Volkswagen Golf. Rated to generate 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, this new engine delivers the same power and more torque than the 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine it replaces, combined with lighter weight. Fuel-economy estimates will be available closer to the Golf's arrival in showrooms.

The 2015 Golf TDI Clean Diesel also has a new engine, a turbocharged, direct-injection, 2.0-liter common-rail diesel engine delivering 150 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. Volkswagen says the new Clean Diesel engine features reduced emissions and improved throttle response.

Both engines are paired with a choice between a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). The DSG is an automated manual transmission without a clutch pedal, and it works similar to an automatic transmission. All Golf models are equipped with a standard Cross Differential System (XDS), a front differential lock designed to improve handling and traction. Progressive electric steering is also standard, helping the Golf to respond quicker when turning into a corner and to ease effort levels when parking, according to Volkswagen.

A new Automatic Post Collision Braking System is standard. According to VW, it helps prevent the Golf from hitting other vehicles after a crash has occurred and can be overridden following a collision, such as when moving vehicles out of traffic or when moving out of the way of approaching motorists who may be unable to see the crash ahead.

Volkswagen will build the new 2015 Golf in Mexico. Prices will be announced closer to the car's on-sale date, expected to be early in 2014.

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