2009 Volkswagen Golf VI review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 9 September 2008 , 15:09:33 byVeronica

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Volkswagen Golf VI

Volkswagen developed a new Golf, the best of all times. No other car in this price segment has even come close to reaching as large a cross-section of people. The Golf is the only one that always fits right. Innovative engine and transmission technologies reduce fuel consumption by up to 28 %. All gasoline and diesel engines fulfill emission limits of the future EURO-5 standard. Right at its market launch, the German carmaker will be offering two 2.0-liter TDI engines on the Golf capable of developing 110 PS and 140 PS. The power is being sent to the wheels through a 6- and 7-speed DSG. In Europe, the new Golf will be introduced to the market in October, Following in succession will be Africa, Asia, Australia and North America.

Volkswagen is sending a new Golf out into the world, the best of all times. The Golf is a phenomenon, regardless of its particular generation. Positioned in the compact class, this style icon defies all automotive and social class distinctions. No other car in this price segment has even come close to reaching as large a cross-section of people. The Golf is the only one that always fits right, and the new one is even better fitting.

It was perfected in every detail. It is also the quest for perfection that has elevated the styling of the Golf to a new level. The team headed up by the Group`s chief designer, the Italian Walter de Silva, has succeeded in giving the Golf a presence, a sharpness, a power that generates even more fun. Fun to look at and fun to drive. An intelligent car. Data such as an average fuel consumption of 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers for a 110 PS TDI put fuel prices in their place. Upon request, the Golf can park itself nearly automatically in the city thanks to "Park Assist", it can maintain an ideal gap on the freeway by distance control (ACC), and at the push of a button it can transform itself from a cruiser to a sports car when the new "DCC Adaptive Chassis Control" system is on board.

Above all, the car exhibits a standard of quality never before attained in this price class. Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board at Volkswagen AG sums it up: "This sixth generation of Golf cars will completely redefine the quality and comfort level of its class over broad categories, offering more customer value than ever before". In Europe the new Golf will be introduced to the market in October. Following in succession will be Africa, Asia, Australia and North America.

Innovative force " the Golf democratizes progress

The clear and powerful styling of the Golf being offered as a two-door and four-door in the "Trendline", "Comfort line" and "Highline" equipment lines is showing the entire brand the way to the future. The Volkswagen`s acoustic properties and overall comfort tear down class distinctions. Innovative engine and transmission technologies reduce fuel consumption by up to 28 percent. All gasoline and diesel engines fulfill emission limits of the future Euro-5 standard.

Assistance systems such as "ACC Automatic Distance Control" " as well as developments like "DCC Adaptive Chassis Control" (DCC) and "Park Assist" " bring additional top technologies to the Golf class. A new ESP system, with finer response over its control range, further optimized crash properties, seven airbags including knee airbag, the special head restraints (WOKS) that work to counteract whiplash trauma, a "seatbelt detection" feature debuting on the Golf in the rear seating area and daytime running lights " also standard equipment " provide for a maximum level of safety.

Diesel engines " the shift to common rail injection

Making a significant contribution to the pioneering acoustic properties of the Golf are the exceptionally quiet common rail TDI engines being implemented on the Golf for the first time. Two balancer shafts (from 103 kW / 140 PS) also eliminate undesirable vibrations. Plans call for a TDI power range from 66 kW / 90 PS to 125 kW / 170 PS. Right at its market launch Volkswagen will be offering two 2.0 liter TDI engines on the Golf; they deliver 81 kW / 110 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS. Always there: a diesel particulate filter (DPF).
The new TDIs are exceptionally fuel efficient. The 110 PS strong diesel is satisfied with just 4.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (119 g/km CO2) " that represents a 0.6 liter reduction in fuel consumption! Even the 140-PS version only requires 4.9 liters of diesel (129 g/km CO2), which is 0.6 liter less than the on the previous generation.

Gasoline engines " more fuel efficient than ever before

In the launch phase, four variants will define the range of gasoline engines with 59 kW / 80 PS, 75 kW / 102 PS, 90 kW / 122 PS and 118 kW / 160 PS. Starting at 90 kW / 122 PS, TSI engines with supercharging and/or turbocharging are used. The fact is: the gasoline engines are also pioneers in economy. The optimized 80-PS entry-level engine consumes just 6.4 liters Super per hundred kilometers (149 g/km CO2) " that is 0.5 liter less than its predecessor. The TSI engines once again make their appearance as prime examples of efficiency: with 122 PS the new Golf 1.4 TSI consumes just 6.2 liters Super (144 g/km CO2); this represents a fuel consumption advantage of 0.1 liters. Even the new 160-PS top version of the 1.4 TSI achieves a top value at 6.3 liters. The 160-PS TSI`s fuel consumption too was lowered by 1.6 liters compared to the retired 150-PS FSI.

DSG " replaces conventional automatic

With the exception of the entry-level versions, all gasoline and diesel engines may be paired with Volkswagen`s dual clutch transmission (DSG). Either a 6-speed or 7-speed DSG is used, depending on engine torque. This means that on the Golf the extremely efficient and agile DSG has replaced the classic torque converter automatic. Just how economical the alliance of TSI plus DSG can be is demonstrated by the example of average fuel consumption on the 1.4 TSI with 160 PS and 7-speed DSG: 6.0 liters (139 g/km CO2). This high-tech duo replaces the 2.0 FSI with 150 PS and 6-speed automatic. Average fuel consumption there: 8.3 liters. Savings: 2.3 liters per hundred kilometers or 28 percent " progress at its best.

Golf Facts Sheet

Key aspects in alphabetical order

Automatic transmission: 6 and 7-speed DSG
Body: two and four doors with tailgate; key body sections are galvanized
Cargo area: 350 liter to 1,305 liter, 828 mm to 1,581 mm long
Character: bestseller, at home in all social classes
Chassis: MacPherson front suspension, multi-link rear suspension, ESP is standard, DCC Adaptive Chassis Control (optional)
Colors: "Candy white", "Black uni", "Tornado red", "Shark blue metallic", "Amaryllis red metallic", "Reflex silver metallic", "Shadow blue metallic", "Silverleaf metallic", "United grey metallic", "Blue graphite pearl effect", "Deep black pearl effect"
Debut: Generation I: 1974
Debut: Generation II: 1983
Debut: Generation III: 1991
Debut: Generation IV: 1997
Debut: Generation V: 2003
Debut: Generation VI: 2008
Design: Walter de Silva (Group), Klaus Bischoff (Brand), Flavio Manzoni (Creative Design), Marc Lichte (Model)
Dimensions: 4,199 mm long, 1,779 mm wide, 1,479 mm tall, tread width, front 1,540 mm; tread width, rear 1,513 mm
Drive: front wheel
Engine range: 59 kW / 80 PS to 125 kW / 170 PS; starting at 90 kW all gasoline engines are charged TSI engines; all diesels are new common rail TDI engines; all engines fulfill Euro-5 emissions standard
Engines " diesel: at launch with 81 kW / 110 PS (TDI), 103 kW / 140 PS (TDI); after time offset: 66 kW / 90 PS (TDI) and 125 kW / 170 PS (TDI)
Engines " gasoline: at launch with 59 kW / 80 PS, 75 kW / 102 PS, 90 kW / 122 PS (TSI), 118 kW / 160 PS (TSI)
Equipment lines: Trendline, Comfortline, Highline
Fuel consumption range: 4.5 liters to 7.1 liters per 100 kilometers
High-tech driving systems: DCC Adaptive Chassis Control, ACC Automatic Distance Control, Park Assist, Rear Assist rearview camera, Park Pilot with visual display
Infotainment: RDC 210, RDC 310, RDC 510 radio-CD player systems; RNS 310 (completely new) and RNS 510 radio-navigation systems; MEDIA-IN port, AUX-IN port, Excite Dynaudio sound system, hands-free unit
Market launch: starting in October 2008
Produced Golf cars, total: more than 26 million
Production sites: Zwickau and Wolfsburg
Standard equipment: includes ESP, seven airbags, air conditioning system, electro-mechanical power steering, power windows in front, multifunctional display, central locking, driver`s seat height adjustable
Standard transmission: 5 and 6-speed manual transmission


Note:
All data and equipment contained in this press release apply to models offered in Germany. They may differ in other countries. All information is subject to change or correction.

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