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The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf is hardly new to us. In fact, we've already driven it. And elsewhere in the world, the new Golf is already winning awards. Even so, we still have yet to see the US-spec version of the car, though that won't be the case much longer. As part of the New York Auto Show festivities later this month, Volkswagen will finally show off the 2015 Golf models destined for our shores.

Three different versions of the Golf will debut under the lights of New York City's Javits Center: the turbocharged TSI, oil-sipping TDI and hotter GTI. The first model in that list uses Volkswagen's new 1.8-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, replacing the outgoing 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline five-cylinder. The latter two models use familiar engines: the 2.0-liter TDI diesel and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, respectively.

Even though the new Golf officially debuts later this month, it won't go on sale in the US until the first quarter of 2014. We'll be waiting patiently.
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2015 Volkswagen Golf to Make its US Debut in New York

NYIAS Press Days: March 27 & 28

Three Golf versions will debut in New York


The 2015 Volkswagen Golf is bigger inside and out, lighter, more fuel efficient, and safer than the vehicle it replaces.

The seventh-generation Golf is the first Volkswagen to use the new MQB components matrix and will offer new safety features-such as collision avoidance and lane departure systems-as well as new engines and infotainment options.

At the New York International Auto Show, Volkswagen is debuting all three of the Golf versions that will go on sale next year: the entry-level TSI model; the thrifty TDI Clean Diesel; and the sporty GTI. The TSI and GTI use new versions of the EA888 turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine, while the TDI gets the new EA288 diesel engine.

The 2015 Golf will go on sale in the first half of 2014 and will be built at Volkswagen's Puebla, Mexico, factory.


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      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      As Clarkson said: "If you set out to rethink the concept of a table, you’ll end up with a table. And if you set out to rethink the concept of a car, you’ll end up with a Golf. "
      Milos Radulovic
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have always found US system, of naming model years for cars, to be quite strange. Something that will be launched, presumably, in first quarter of 2014 is named 2015 model. I guess this falls in same marketing category with *.99 prices
      Hoale
      • 2 Years Ago
      what are the power figures for these engines?
      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      4 door golf TDI with a manual makes all the right compromises for me. 50 MPG, luxurious interior, plenty of space, engaging enough to drive to at least keep me awake, not too expensive, great resale value, timeless styling...Even if you don't love this car, you won't find much to hate.
        Denster
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt
        Right on! My 2010 4-door Golf TDI manual has been an absolute joy to own. It really gives you the best of everything with little compromise. The sad thing is, this car isn't even on the radar for most shoppers, but all they'd have to do is get behind the wheel. That's all it took for me. This is my first VW, coming from owning GM products all my life. After the GM bankruptcy, the aftermath of which I was involved in professionally, I took a totally objective approach to buying a new vehicle. I researched and test drove many cars, and the VW Golf came out on top. I've never looked back since.
      ANDREW
      • 2 Years Ago
      ive had every generation of Golf...never a problem with any(slight hick up with a Golf IV GTI)..I cant wait for this new one...though Im gonna have a 4-6 month gap when my Golf VI GTI lease is up in Oct....
      Ridgie30
      • 2 Years Ago
      Clarkson is dead on...I still think a 4 door Golf TDI is about as close as you can get to the perfect form factor for a vehicle. Tons of interior room for 4 people, small CUV cargo capacity, good standard features even at low trim levels, fun to drive but comfortable, economical, easy to park, etc, etc...This is why the Euros love Golfs and hatchbacks in general. Most people REALLY need this vs a small to midsize CUV.
        telm12345
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ridgie30
        This is a compliment - if they were reliable, they would absolutely be the perfect general use vehicle hands down. Even if not, it is pretty close.
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @telm12345
          Even the least reliable cars today are more reliable than Hondas and Toyotas were 10-15 years ago. Back then, buying a VW was like playing Russian Roulette, but unless you plan on driving the car for a quarter million miles or more, you have pretty good odds with any automaker.
          telm12345
          • 2 Years Ago
          @telm12345
          I totally agree Matt, I\'ve just heard good stories on some, but some awful stories on others.
          FIDTRO
          • 2 Years Ago
          @telm12345
          I agree. My family has had BMWs and VWs, and they were just as solid as our 4Runner, which actually suffered from an electrical issue with the radio.
      AngeloD
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW is backsliding a bit on their laudable attempt to buck the trend towards gigantic headlight assemblies. The 2012 Jetta was more restrained, this Golf looks worse for the bigger headlamps.
      canuckcharlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      a true automotive icon
      loopless
      • 2 Years Ago
      All this discussion of anecdotal reliability of any brand is basically BS. The most unreliable cars today are more reliable than the most reliable cars from 10-15 years ago. In general the "complaints" these days are things like "wind-noise" from wing mirror , or, I can't use Ford Sync/GM CUE etc etc and not my "engine dumped it's guts". The new MK7 golf construction is so modular, with so little human intervention needed to build, that it just will be better put together whether in Mexico or Germany.
        telm12345
        • 2 Years Ago
        @loopless
        Loopless, its the gremlins (electrical issues) I\'ve seen experienced with VW. The engine will absolutely run forever. And your\'e completely wrong - ask any Audi mechanic what he thinks of their reliability in the long-run. Its not very pretty.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @telm12345
          One of my good friends was a Acura Master Tech, he moved to VW because they had far more work that billed for longer hours. If that isn't evidence, I don't know what is.
        mostchillininsc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @loopless
        Everyone in Internet world has a friend, family member, spiritual leader who owns, has owned and/or works on VAGs and everyone of them thinks they stink. Gotta love the Internet.
      k.naz
      • 2 Years Ago
      So we're barely into 2013 and the 2015 model is going to debut in New York, I am (not) disappoint. In fact, I wish this would encourage other manufacturers to present their future production models rather than concept cars, albeit very important. What I'd really like to see in New York is the revised Lincoln, Tahoe and Q7 which all need an overhaul.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k.naz
        I would like manufacturers make their future production cars (and concept cars) look different than their current production cars. VW's not very good at that, with the exception of the XL-1, of course.
          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Wasp
          "subtle/timeless" = "subtle/effortless" ?
          Drezz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Wasp
          Often they use concepts to introduce a new design language or entirely new model. Then you'll see the concept influences trickle down. VW and Audi generally keep to more subtle/timeless designs. They aren't about to go wild with the Golf, a global sales staple.
          Hello, Brian
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Wasp
          VW is not about to mess up the good thing it has in the Golf. The overall design has served them very well for decades. Although each new design is obviously related to previous generations, if you park them side-by-side, you can see little refinements and updates with every generation. If you want \"ground breaking\" designs that are exciting at the moment, but will look dated in 5 years, I suggest a Hyundai. If you want classic yet contemporary and tasteful design, VW has a Golf for you.
        timber
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k.naz
        We just call it the Golf VII and we are set to go until around 2018 or something
      Brennok
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am impatiently waiting for the next Golf R to see what they offer for the US. Hopefully this time they will go back to offering a DSG option. I just can't see myself trading in my MKV R32 for a GTI.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope the LSD doesn't cost too much.
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        ...said thousands of hippies at Woodstock
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