Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has officially introduced the new Volkswagen Golf Mk7 facelift in the country, and four variants (including the Golf GTI and Golf R) give the facelift its working debut here. Let’s start with the first, the Golf 1.4 TSI Sportline.

The baseline model in the local line-up is equipped with a 1.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine offering 150 PS at 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 3,500 rpm.

Motive power is transferred to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission. Also present is the automaker’s XDS electronic differential lock. As for performance, the Golf 1.4 TSI has a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 8.2 seconds and a 216 km/h top speed.

The facelift introduces a new front bumper with a wider radiator grille and new air ducts on the front apron. The Golf Sportline is equipped with halogen headlights (the R-Line features adaptive LED headlights), but LED daytime running lights and LED tail lamps (which are standard fit across the entire facelifted Golf range) are present, as is a new rear bumper.

Standard equipment and features on the Sportline include Zoom fabric upholstery, 16-inch Hita alloy wheels, an Air Care dual-zone climatronic system, a Premium on-board computer multi-function display, front/rear fog lamps, automatic headlights and wipers and a start/stop system with regenerative braking.

Also on, an 8.0-inch Composition Media, eight-speaker infotainment system with App-Connect, which offers smartphone screen mirroring functionality via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink, as well as an electromechanical parking brake with an Auto Hold function, tyre pressure loss indicator and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.

The R-Line, meanwhile, adds on Vienna leather upholstery with integrated R-Line logos on the front seat backrests, the aforementioned adaptive LED headlights and a 12.3-inch Active Info Display virtual instrument cluster, which is configurable and offers five different views.

It also comes with R-Line design elements such as dedicated front and rear bumpers and a sports rear diffuser with trapezoidal chrome exhaust trim. The Golf R-Line rides on 17-inch Singapore alloy wheels wrapped with 225/45 series tyres.

Safety kit includes seven airbags, ESC and the Proactive Occupant Protection System, which made its debut in the latest Polo. The system uses sensors to detect situations in which an accident is likely to occur and prepares the vehicle and its occupants for an impending collision, for example by automatically tensioning the safety belts as well as closing the side windows.

The facelifted Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI Sportline is priced at RM155,990, while the 1.4 TSI R-Line will go for RM169,990 (both on-the-road without insurance). Like all Volkswagen models sold here, the Golf 1.4 TSI is covered by a VPCM package that includes a five-year factory warranty with five years of free roadside assistance as well as three years/45,000 km free service.

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