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First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI

Worth the long wait.

by on May.29, 2014

The U.S. version of the VW GTI arrives about a year after its European launch.

It’s been a frustrating year for Volkswagen fans, the automaker forcing them to watch the roll-out of its all-new, seventh-generation Golf in Europe and much of the rest of the world while waiting for the Golf and GTI models to make the jump across the Atlantic.

Finally, they’ve arrived – but are they worth the wait? The all-new 2015 VW Golf and its sporty spin-off, the GTI, certainly seem to have everything going for them.  They’re bigger, roomier, more visually appealing, and while more powerful, they’re also more fuel-efficient, whatever your powertrain choice.

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That seemed like an awfully difficult formula to dismiss as we headed out West to take the new compact models for the requisite test drive through the San Francisco Bay area. And, as we quickly discovered, the Golf and GTI more than lived up to our initial expectations.


The Long Wait for New VW Golf is (Almost) Over

VW's familiar hatchback will debut as a 2015 model.

by on Mar.27, 2013

The seventh-generation, or G7, Volkswagen Golf.

Take a good look.  If you like what you see, you’ll have time to start saving your pennies. A half-year after the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf made its debut at the Paris Motor Show it has finally rolled into the U.S., VW unveiling the ever-popular hatchback at this week’s 2013 New York Auto Show.

Unfortunately for those who’d like to rush out and place an order, the new model is still nearly a year away from actually reaching American showrooms. But Volkswagen is hoping you’ll be willing to wait for what will be sold as the 2015 Golf, promising the 5-door will be not just bigger and more spacious than the model it replaces but is also lighter, and as much as 15 percent more fuel-efficient.

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The maker is showing off three different versions of the 2015 Golf at NY’s Jacob Javits Convention Center: the turbocharged Golf TSI, the “oil-sipping” TDI diesel, and the “hotter” GTI.

The 2015 Golf is 2.2 inches longer and 0.5 inches wider than the outgoing Gen-6 hatchback. It is also 1.1 inches lower and the co-efficient of drag has been reduced by almost 10% compared with the Golf 6. The interior package has been optimized to give 0.6 inches more rear-seat legroom and 1.2 inches of additional shoulder room in the back.