2013 Volkswagen Golf VII Spied Testing

Mike Stevens | May 22, 2012

Volkswagen's next-generation Golf hatch has been spied testing again this week, rolling out of Winter's cooler air and into Europe's warmer mid-year months.

The all-new 2013 Golf hatch, seventh in a line that stretches back to the early 70s, will make its global debut at August's Paris Motor Show.

For now, the German giant has revealed details of the new car's 'MQB' platform, along with a few hints on the names and capabilities of its new powertrains.

It's already known that the MQB platform and new construction techniques will make the new Golf much lighter than its predecessor, and the smaller Mark IV of the late 90s has been mooted as the VII's goal weight.

As for the hero GTI, Britain's Car magazine reports that we can expect a version of the existing 2.0 litre turbo engine to provide power, boosted to around 161kW and 350Nm.

That's a modest power boost, but a significant smack of extra torque.

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These latest figures follow a report earlier this year which claimed a brand-new 195kW 2.0 litre engine would drive the GTI, making room for a new all-wheel-drive Golf R delivering around 220kW.

Still, bolted into a new and lighter platform, the 161kW enhanced engine will get a better deal than it might otherwise appear, and a 0-100km/h time around 6.6 or 6.7 seconds should be in reach. (The current model lists a 6.9 second time.)

Convenience features available with the new Golf will reportedly include an eight-inch touchscreen, while its safety package will include the latest range of up-spec features: adaptive cruise control, fatigue detection, all-round sensors and the latest generation of the Park Assist system.

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  • Sute says,
    4 years ago
    ..."Nurburgring lap time eight seconds quicker than prototypes with a conventional diff"......

    As I am aware a single lap is around 7-8 minutes, so an 8 sec improvement doesn't seem much, IMO.
  • Anthony says,
    4 years ago
    They need to concentrate on quality this time around,as there are many problems with the Golf 6mad
    • Kermit says,
      4 years ago
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      Such as Anthony? The 118TSI engine had some issues in the first 12 months, but the Mk 6 is a much better car than the Mk 5. It feels tighter, and better built internally and the technology makes the Mk 5 look extremely dated.
      • Mel says,
        3 years ago
        i agree, all of them have issues, get focus or 3
    • rlm says,
      4 years ago
      1 like
      NO problems with my Golf VI 2+ years and 30000km not one problem, and the best drive I've ever had. Anthony sorry about your quality issues. Can't say it more for me it's the best built best drive auto I've had.
  • Luke says,
    4 years ago
    We love our '6'. DSG TSi with no issues after two great years. Can't wait to see what could potentially be our next car.
    • Smart us says,
      3 years ago
      biggrin i can read in-between the line... your next car - smart - trading-in before warranty run out... why would not keep the car forever if its that good... and that solid... laugh
  • azz says,
    4 years ago
    Please please please

    no plaid trim seats they are SO UGLY

    and i really with the back window is angular and not straight up, it would let the car have some sort of back end and shape, not a look like a bullet..

    The previous golf had a fanstastic dark leather interior and awesome looking wheel, this current one looks HORRIBLE
  • David says,
    3 years ago
    I own two Golf 6s 118 TSI. Love the car but hate the shudder box that came with both cars. The Dealer has now fixed one with the second one to be fixed in a couple of weeks when parts arrive from Germany.
    I have never had so many trips to the dealer in such a short time.
    VW - Please pay attention to your QUALITY - this is the worst experience I have ever had.
    I am also very concerned about reports of the engine life in this model
    • Darryl says,
      3 years ago
      I have been told today that my golf of 2 years and 9 months needs the engine totally replaced (38000km). Will have to wait 4-6 weeks until the engine comes from Germany.

      I had the DSG gearbox issue and had that replaced 2 years in. Fully maintained car. I have 3 friends at work with the same car and the issues are endless. all 3 cars are now off the road. THe 118 TFSI based cars would seem to be rubbish. I Tonight looking to find a car I can trade this one in on before the warranty runs out. Will never buy VW again!!!
      • Johan says,
        3 years ago
        2009 TSI done 21000 kms, motor needed to be replaced and then clutch within 2 months of that. All this when 3 months of warranty left. No one could guarantee it wouldn't happen again so traded it before warranty ran out. Not happy with Golf.
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