Volkswagen has added a new variant to the Mk7 Golf range, the expected 4Motion all-wheel drive model. We don’t need such a car here, but it snows in Europe, and VW has made Golfs with four driven wheels since 1986.
VW says that the new Golf’s permanent 4WD system is one of the most modern and efficient of its kind, featuring the enhanced, fifth-generation Haldex coupling. The 4Motion drive weighs 1.4 kg less than the previous system, requires no pressure accumulator and reacts “extremely quickly to every conceivable influence exerted on it.”
VW is offering the new Golf 4Motion in three trim levels (Trendline, Comfortline, Highline) and with two turbodiesel engines. The 105 PS and 150 PS TDIs consume just 4.5 and 4.7 litres of fuel respectively per 100 km. Compared to the Mk6 140 PS 4Motion, the 2013 car consumes 0.8 litres (15%) less diesel despite being more powerful.
Like the front-wheel drive Golf, Stop/Start and battery regeneration come standard. Also included as standard even on the base version are features such as the four-wheel EDS (electronic differential locks on both axles), XDS front and rear axle transverse lock, ESP, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, seven airbags and DRLs. To have 4Motion with their Golf, Germans need to add €1,800 (RM7,471).