New Volkswagen Golf launches in South Africa

The updated Volkswagen Golf is being launched in South Africa with a revised engine line up and styling, along with improved technology.

With global sales in excess of 33 million (nearly 350,750 sold in South Africa) since its launch more than four decades ago, the seventh generation Golf launches at a starting price of R289,900.

Now standard across the range are LED rear lights, while all derivatives across model line-up are also now offered with a new generation of larger and more sophisticated touchscreen infotainment systems.

For the first time in the compact class the new Discover Pro radio-navigation system can be operated via gesture control.

The new Golf range will debut a 1.0 TSI engine with 81kW power output. The 999cc engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and has claimed combined fuel consumption of 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen has strengthened the appeal of the iconic Golf GTI; it now develops 169kW an increase of 7kW from its predecessor as was found in the GTI.

All Golfs at launch also feature BlueMotion Technologies such as a stop-start system and a mode for storing braking energy – regenerative braking.

Design modifications include new bumpers front and rear, new halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights or full LED headlights instead of xenon headlights; and new front wings.

New wheel designs and body colours complete the exterior update, while fresh trim panels and materials also upgrade the interior of the Golf.

Additional new features include a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert as well as Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and Atonomous Emergency Braking System.

Optionally available across the range, and ordered in conjunction with the swivelling towbar, Trailer Assist including Park Assist helps reverse a trailer or caravan with a weight of up to 1,800 kg into a parking bay or entrance from the street.

To operate, the Golf driver simply engages reverse gear and activates the system via a push button. The driving angle and subsequent possible driving angles are displayed on the instrument cluster. All the driver then has to do is operate the accelerator pedal and brake, while the system automatically controls the direction of the car, using Park Assist to move the trailer backwards into the required position.

Model types

In this first phase of the local market launch, Volkswagen is presenting the 2017 model year Golf  with the following engine line up:

  • 1.0 TSI with 81kW
  • 1.4 TSI with 92kW
  • 2.0 TSI with 169kW
  • 2.0 TDI with 81kW
  • Golf R with 213kW

The GTD with 130kW will be introduced in the second half of the year.


  • 1.0 TSI 81kW Trendline Manual – R289,900
  • 1.0 TSI 81kW Comfortline Manual  – R304,200
  • TSI 92kW Comfortline DSG – R356,400
  • 2.0 TSI 169kW GTI DSG – R545,800

The new Golf model range comes standard with a 5 year/90 000km Service Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty.

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