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2015 Volkswagen Golf Overview
Rumors of the demise of Volkswagen’s spiffy and sporty Golf, it seems, have once more been greatly exaggerated. The 2015 model year sees the U.S. introduction of the seventh generation of this compact family-friendly hatchback that currently runs around European roadways as we speak. The introductory U.S. version of this popular little people-hauler will continue to seat 5 in even more spacious surroundings with the introduction of VW’s new MQB platform, shared by Audi’s 2015 A3 lineup. Said new underpinnings will give this next-gen Golf a longer, wider and lower profile and will be complemented by a new front-wheel-drive architecture, a new slope to the hood and narrower headlights, not to mention a total cargo area of some 52.7 cubic feet. Furthermore, a shuffling of trim designations should lead to such iterations as the base Golf, the Golf S, the up-featured SE and the flagship SEL. Oh, and before an unseemly gnashing of teeth and tearing of hair occurs, rest assured that both the SE and SEL versions are scheduled to be available in direct-injected (DI) turbodiesel-packing TDI sub-trim designations, as well.
Also brand new for 2015 is Vee Dub’s new EA888 turbocharged 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder powerplant that is expected to equip all non-TDI trims and mate with either a standard 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission for 170 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed automatic, meantime, is also expected to again carry a Sport mode for a livelier commute should that suit your mood, while this brand-new engine should return 20% better fuel efficiency numbers than 2014’s (sixth-generation) non-turbo 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder (I5) mill.
Those TDI versions mentioned above, meantime, also get the touted EA288 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder turbodiesel mated with either the standard 6-speed manual transmission or an available 6-speed auto-manual shifter for 150 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. This brand spankin’ new blown diesel is touted by the folks at Volkswagen to be more powerful and fuel efficient than the old one, with mileage numbers that average out to 35 mpg. And for those who brave freezing pre-commute mornings (and afternoons), repositioned exhaust manifolds mean this newest turbodiesel will heat up the cabin (almost) lickety-split.
Heading the list of expected new appearance and cabin features for the 2015 Golf is a 5.8-inch touchscreen multimedia display that interfaces with Bluetooth hands-free communications technology and has been set up for even more driver-friendly operation.
Meantime, those new trim designations, depending on which particular variant is selected, are also scheduled to offer new-for-2015 alloy wheels (15-inchers on non-turbo trims, 18-inchers on TDIs), upgraded cloth upholstery, heated, power-adjustable front seats, manual air conditioning, cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering and a single-CD player with 8 speakers. Look for the SE and SEL, meantime, to boast a standard rear-view camera and 9 Fender premium speakers, while the high-end SEL throws in standard navigation with an 8-inch touchscreen display and dual-zone auto climate control. Each of the latter is optional for the SE, by the way.
Further options, again trim-dependent, should again include a power panoramic sunroof, upgraded and upsized wheels and a rear spoiler, each in either package form or in standalone garb.
Finally, standard safety equipment lineup-wide is expected to once again include antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head restraint whiplash protection. Again, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, daytime running lights and a post-collision safety system are slated for all 2015 Golf trims, while adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning is a new optional safety feature debuting in the higher trims.
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