The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf made its world debut six years ago, and it’s high time the venerable hatchback gets a refresh. Unveiled in late 2016, the facelifted Golf Mk7.5 is finally on sale in Malaysia with four variants on offer – Golf 1.4 TSI Sportline (RM156k), Golf 1.4 TSI R-Line (RM170k), Golf GTI (RM240k) and of course, the Golf R (RM296k).

The entry-level Sportline model gets a familiar 1.4 litre TSI engine producing 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque, with power being channeled to the front wheels through a seven-speed dry dual-clutch transmission. It sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds and has a 216 km/h top speed. For RM14,000 more, you get the R-Line pack with upgraded looks to match the “racey” Golf R, as well as full LED headlights and taillights with dynamic turn signals.

The Golf GTI needs no introduction. With 230 PS and 350 Nm coming from a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine, the front-drive hot hatch boasts a century sprint time of 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 248 km/h. It’s refreshed inside and out, featuring toys like the 12.3-inch Active Info Display, new eight-inch Discover Media (the 1.4 TSI gets eight-inch Composition Media) and an updated exterior to go with it.

Sitting at the top of the model range is the Golf R – it also gets a blown 2.0 litre four-potter, tuned to produce 290 PS and 380 Nm of torque. It’s the only variant to feature Volkswagen’s on-demand 4Motion all-wheel drive system, and it sprints from 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds. Also unique to the R is the full-touch 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment system with gesture control function.

To find out more about the Golf range and each of its equipment and specifications, check out CarBase.my. Also, watch the video above for a full walk-around tour of the three cars. Tell us, what do you think of the facelifted Golf range, and which will you pick? Leave your comments below.

GALLERY: 2018 Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI Sportline


GALLERY: 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI

GALLERY: 2018 Volkswagen Golf R