We have been able to reverse the upward spiral in weight, but it is safer, more comfortable and more spacious,” says the Volkswagen chairman, Martin Winterkorn.

The all-new Golf Mark 7 for 2013 was unveiled at at a gala presentation held in Berlin, Germany. It’s enough to make us want to learn German. The extraordinary news is not that the new Golf is so tech-laden, but that these high-end features are typically found on luxury vehicles intended for lawyers and celebrities.

The new model reveals itself with diesel engines, sharper appearance, frugal new petrol system, higher quality interior and improved safety features.The New Volkswagen Gold is up to 100kg lighter than the previous model.

The seventh generation Golf receives a number of new safety and assistant systems. Included as standard is a new multi-collision braking system which automatically brakes the car to a complete stop when it is involved in an accident in order to avoid a second impact with on-coming traffic.

Inside, the centre console is now angled more towards the driver, and features a new generation of touchscreen infotainment systems. Another unique feature for a small car, the upper trim levels (those that comes with the 9-inch touchscreen, called Discover Pro) offer a mobile hotspot feature. Many mid-range to high-end cars offer adaptive cruise control (ACC), a system that controls your speed based on the car in front of you.

The Golf 7 does both – from 30 to 150 kmh and even down to a full stop. At launch, the petrol engines are a 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS unit returning 57.6 mpg on the combined cycle and 113 g/km, and a 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS unit with Active Cylinder Technology, which can deactivate two of the cylinders, and achieves up to 58.9 mpg and 112 g/km.

As part of Volkswagen’s efforts to improve fuel economy across the Golf line-up, the dual clutch gearboxes are now programmed to disconnect the engine on a trailing throttle for added fuel savings in combination with the eco mode of a new optional driver program selection system offering four different modes: eco, sport, normal and individual.

The new Golf 7 now has the “Fatigue Detection” feature as well, which is surprising for a small car. When you first start driving, the Golf monitors how you drive, nothing your usual patterns. (For example, that you correct within a split-second.) As you drive, the Golf knows if you change your patterns and warns you to take a break.The new VW Golf 7 2013 will have a UK launch date in January 2013. UK prices for the new VW Golf will be announced nearer the time.


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