The Mk VII Volkswagen Golf will be completely known to the world on September 4. And thanks to leaked pages from a document detailing the new Golf's features, we know a little more about it ahead of time. We'd heard before that the Mk VII would be about 150 pounds lighter than the Mk VI, but a graphic that looks like an indication of where high-strength steels are used is captioned with "More comfort. More safety. -100 kg," meaning an even more impressive 220-pound drop is apparently in store.

As one would expect, dimensions have grown all around. Overall length is up by 2.2 inches, wheelbase grows by 2.3 inches, the stretch meaning a mite more room for passengers in front and back with a cabin length increased by 0.56 inches. Even with the added girth, fuel economy is said to rise by as much as 23 percent.

The available feature set has also grown, with cylinder deactivation, the front transverse differential lock we've been expecting, fatigue detection and traffic sign detection, driving profile selection, run-flat tires and a "multicollision brake" just a few among a long list of particulars. We'll get the rest next week and we'll see it at the Paris Motor Show, in the meantime, you can watch the video below.



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      ShrinerMonkey
      • 2 Years Ago
      If history is any guide, half of these features won't make it to US bound models. Hopefully, the run-flats is one feature that doesn't make it. Current US spec GTIs don't even get dual zone climate control, a feature you can get in low end Hyundais.
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ShrinerMonkey
        Sadly, the only US Golf with dual-zone climate control is the Golf R. (Not that it's a bad car, I have one and love it.)
      whatever
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish VW would bring over the Polo R Line. I'm a pocket rocket man. No need to haul Godzilla. http://www.autoblog.com/2012/05/02/volkswagen-polo-r-line-at-least-looks-the-part/
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      C'mon dudes, let's see a picture.
      wrxfrk16
      • 2 Years Ago
      This sounds like history repeating itself. VW made the daddy of hot hatchbacks in the Mk. I and let it get it progressively bigger and slower through the Mk. IV. Then they fixed it with the excellent Mk. V and wound up half baking the slightly larger, otherwise identical Mk. VI. Now, while at least it will drop a few lbs, the Mk. VII is going to get bigger once more, and will be carrying more features that just aren't needed. The Golf and Jetta have always been a bit more driver oriented than their competitors, why does VW feel so compelled to ruin that advantage by throwing all the extra unnecessary bits that could juts be tacked onto the Passat? It's great this one will still be lighter, but how much lighter would it be without fatigue detection, traffic detection, multicollision brakes and all the rest of these unnecessary electronic nannies?
      hy8r1d
      • 2 Years Ago
      just give us the current Scirocco
      Anj
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its nice to know its lost a lot of weight(needs to lose a little more IMO), but I was hoping it wouldn't get any bigger than it already is, small cars need not be so large. I wish they could find a way to bring back the original formula, MK I's & II's were perfect as far as size goes. If I wanted a large Golf I'd get an A3. Hope they don't make all those electronic "safety" devices standard, I wouldn't want them in any car or need them.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        RetrogradE
        • 2 Years Ago
        What are you talking about? Do you own one? Does it break down often? I've had my 2010 for 2 years and not one issue. Not one. The fit and finish on my MKVI GTI is better than on my former E60 BMW. Maybe if you're buying a Jetta that's built in Me-hee-co you could run into some problems, but my gear from Wolfsburg is top notch.
          foxtrot685
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RetrogradE
          @ over9000, you never specified how old the cars had to be to prove your point. The fact of the matter is you said VW's are unreliable, we're here to tell you that the ones we've spent our hard earned money on are very reliable, regardless of age! If a car is unreliable, then why should it matter if its 2 months, 2 years, or 2 decades old? It'll start having problems as soon as you drive it off the lot, right?? Oh, ok. I get it now, you are basing your relibility problems based on the VW's your friends had back in '86, right? Wake up. Car manufactures fix things, revamp manufacturing processes, and get better over time. VW has been taking great strides to fix the bugs and glitches from their vehicles for many years now and its paying off. So sorry I have a reliable VW in our garage , I wish it weren't so then I could help you prove your point...
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RetrogradE
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          foxtrot685
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RetrogradE
          No. We have a 2011 Jetta in our household that was purchased in late 2010. Zero issues :)
          anonymous guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RetrogradE
          Just wait ... it gets worse. I've had three VW's and reliability problems abounded. My workmate has recently dumped over $5,000 into his 2006 TDi which is no longer under warranty. Speak to others on the street who own VWs and you'll find that many of them are not very pleased with the reliability of their VWs. I spoke to one guy with a very nice late model GTI and he said he was getting set to drop a new transmission in the car at considerable expense. I've made the statement that the Mexican and Brazilian built VWs were probably the ones with the problems but someone else replied that his German built VW had fared much better.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RetrogradE
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          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RetrogradE
          I'm on my FIFTH VW group product (an Audi RS5). I've had zero problems with all my cars. The reason why VW gets a bad rep is because most Americans can't maintain their car properly-German engineering tends to be stricter aboutmaintainance than normal. Stick to the dealer maintainance schedule, and you'll be fine.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RetrogradE
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          FuelToTheFire
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RetrogradE
          "German engineering tends to be stricter aboutmaintainance than normal" And why the hell should we buy a German car, then? I don't want to maintain my car.I will never ever follow the dealer schedule, ever. And when I do maintainance, I do it at a minimal level. If a Japanese or American car can run fine with minimal maintainance, then a German car should be able to.
          mazeroni
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RetrogradE
          I've heard 2 completely polar sides to VW reliability in recent models, I have a GTI which is built in Germany so I'm gonna focus on that. On the forums I've read everything from super solid reliability after going stage 2 or 3 right after purchase with 30k miles now on the car and the only failure being the clutch, as you might expect. Others buy the car and it's solid for a year or 2 than it squeaks and rattles to all hell, transmission grinding after 5k miles, stock clutch failures after 10k miles, cam failures, etc. I have had my car for 6 months with 6k miles and so far no issues beside the chronic buzzing under acceleration and B pillar wind noise. However, I plan on the selling the car before the warranty is up because those horror stories do make me nervous.
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RetrogradE
          btw forget over9000..he is known for being a troll, especially concerning german cars in general
        Jim
        • 2 Years Ago
        I have a 2004 A3 1.9 TDI and I've decided not to trade it in against the new model as it has done me huge service during its trouble free life. The only non-regular maintenance parts i've replaced in 8 years are the wishbone bushings, front shocks and the brake hoses. It still has the original dual mass flywheel and clutch although it is finally starting to show its age. VW products can be as flawless as they are problematic. The nay-sayers are always the most vocal, the rest will put their money where their mouth is and judging by the ever increasing numbers of vehicles VW is selling every year the cars must be holding together better than some people are willing to believe.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jim
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        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        there are none...expect in the u.s. where people seem to have problems maintaining them correctly
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          ok, none is maybe en exaggeration but not as bad as some idiots try to make out. period
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      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm hoping for a GTD for North America!! I'm on my 25th VW and the reliability has got way better or the years. I find if you bag your VW they bite you back $$$. As for VW longevity how many 20-25+ year old toyota/honda do you see on the road?...none. Yet there is 50+ year old VW's still driving. As for the longevity of the newer era this is what I've experienced. I drove a 2000 TDI stick (stay away from auto tranny from vw) I bought it off an retired couple with 200,000 miles on the clock and I drove until 480,000 miles. I didn't have any major issues over that time outside the standard maintenance,.. door sensor, strut mounts and the passenger heated seats was touch and go in the end. The Irony of the situation that car only drove on biodiesel-not grease. I love that old ALH engine - it was a tank! As well remember the Mk6 beat out some amazing competitors for the world car of year award. http://www.wcoty.com/web/2009_results.asp I hope VW doesn't murder this car with the cheap ass Jetta interior!!
        DooMMasteR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mr.vw
        not for the EU they won't the target was to make the interior as good or better than that of a Merc E-Class comments in the press seem to support that as most have already had a seat in the new one )exterior was still hidden
        Sorten Borten
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mr.vw
        I drive a 20 year old Honda Civic, if you're looking for a counter example for your silly longevity claim.
        sstowes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mr.vw
        "As for VW longevity how many 20-25+ year old toyota/honda do you see on the road?...none. Yet there is 50+ year old VW's still driving." You had me, until this stupid-ass, fact less, unnecessary comment. Cars aren't like living breathing things; unlike human beings, the age of a car is not always directly proportionate to reliability. I know owners of 30+ year old vehicles that hardly ever drive them and other owners that drive them everywhere. Some have hundreds of miles on their cars, others have hundreds of thousands of miles on their cars. But to say Volkswagens have a superior reliabilty record like there aren't ANY Hondas and Toyotas with 500,000-1,000,000,000 miles on them is not only ignorant, it's absurd. Don't perpetuate the VW fan boy attitude.Ya'all catch enough flack as it is. Google high mileage Hondas. Some of them were even features here on Autoblog.
        Nick Allain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mr.vw
        They're a first generation (in the US) Honda Accord that I see every day. I rarely ever see old VW's. Then again, I live in New England - our old cars are long gone to the sands .... er Road Salts... of time.
        mr.vw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mr.vw
        Hey guys I'm out on the west coast, I was refering to the earily retro look like the first gen civic and early the toyota like old E10,20's - I like the look of the early japanese kinda like the Nissan Pao - I'm a sucker for retro ;). As for reliability superiority hands down toyota/honda. As for fit and finish and ride quality, I drive german except with the new jetta and passat there's something missing compared to the previous generation.
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really hope VW doesn't decontent the interior like they did for the Jetta. They can make it in Mexico or Tennesse if they want,so that the cost can finally be competitive with other C seg hatches, but the materials need to be good.Not Audi spec, but one of the class leaders. Something like the GLI and maybe the Passat.
        RGT881
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        US spec GTI, which I own, is downright awful.
      RGT881
      • 2 Years Ago
      So I see. Hmm so for my next GTI US-spec I shall have to purchase the following 1) VAG-COM to turn on coming home, leaving home features, key chime off and attorney screen off 2) Euro light switch 3) Euro cupholder 4) Extra storage for first aid kif 5) More sound deadening 6) Winter mode button 7) Rain-sensing wipers 8) Bluetooth set-up 9) Suspension as is in euro GTI.
      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish someone would leak the pics tired of waiting.
      Randy915
      • 2 Years Ago
      People like to paint with a broad stroke - ALL VWs will ALWAYS break down FOREVER. Get real.
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