The new Golf Variant will shortly be available in New Zealand for the first time in a number of years. The latest Golf Variant has been completely redesigned. Its visual appearance follows today’s Volkswagen “Design DNA”. Key engines from the Golf have also been transferred to the Variant. In the interior, materials and instruments of the current Golf set the tone.
From the front, the new Golf Variant can recognised by its modified bumper and radiator grille, new engine bonnet styling and redesigned fenders and headlights; all transferred from the Golf hatch. The front-end design is defined by a black, horizontal layout of the grille and front bumper painted in body colour.
At the rear, the independent design of the previous model has been upgraded with modified taillights and bumpers.
The new Golf Variant will be available in New Zealand with two engine options; both of which meet the emission limits of the new Euro-5 standard. Both the diesel TDI 77kW and petrol TSI 90kW come with the Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) as an automatic transmission.
The TDI 77kW diesel engine is characterised by noticeably quiet noise levels, low emissions (119 g/km CO2) and an extremely low combined fuel consumption of just 4.5L/100km. Equally as impressive is the TSI 90kW petrol engine with combined fuel consumption of just 6.0L/100km and emissions of just 139g/km.
One specification level will be available in New Zealand. The Trendline based vehicle includes a number of crucial safety features as standard — a total of 6 airbags (front driver and passenger, front side and curtain), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP, including ABS and an Electronic Diff Lock) and daytime running lights for maximum visibility.
Other features include electrically adjusted and heated exterior mirrors, a leather steering wheel, Climatic air conditioning system and roof rails.
Security is ensured via the remote controlled central locking and alarm system.
Key for the Golf Variant is of course the luggage compartment. With the rear seat back rest upright, the Golf Variant boasts 505 litres of boot space.
The 1/3 to 2/3 split folding rear bench seat and backrest can create a flat load floor, liberating up to 1,550 litres of cargo capacity.
The Golf Variant TDI with the 7 speed DSG transmission will arrive in New Zealand in January 2010 at a price of $43,990. Expected to arrive about 3 months later, the Golf Variant TSI will have a price of $40,990.