The Volkswagen Golf MK7 – Specs, Chassis

The Volkswagen Golf Mk7 is a small family car produced by German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen, as the seventh generation of the Golf and the successor to the Golf Mk6.

It was introduced in Berlin on 4 September 2012, before a public launch at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and marketed for the 2013 model year.

Cars reached Volkswagen dealers in the Golf’s European domestic market on 10 November 2012.

New safety systems

– First series production Volkswagen with Proactive Occupant Protection, which will close the windows and retract the safety belts to remove excess slack if the potential for a forward crash is detected.

Seat belt retraction in a crash situation was also a feature on the Mk6 for the front two seat belts. The front two belts retract if it was buckled in, however if the occupant is relatively light, the seat belt gradually extends in a forward crash situation.

– First series production Volkswagen with multi-collision brake system to automatically brake the car after an accident in order to avoid a second collision.
– Adaptive cruise control
– Collision avoidance system with City Emergency Braking
– Lane-keeping assistant
– Driver fatigue detection
– Traffic sign recognition
– Automatic parking system
– Rear assist camera

E-Golf engine

The e-Golf is powered by a 85 kW/115 hp motor which was developed by Volkswagen itself – as were the single-speed gearbox and the battery. The electric motor achieves a speed of up to 12,000 rpm and makes a maximum torque of 270 Nm immediately available on drive-off.

Golf GTE engine

The Golf GTE shares its underpinnings with the Cupra Leon eHybrid and Skoda Octavia vRS iV, and, surprise surprise, they have exactly the same power – 242bhp from the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and electric motor combined.

Golf GTD engine

The MK7 GTD is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged common rail diesel engine with 184 PS. Maximum torque—the characteristic that arguably best defines the easily accessible performance of the GTD has risen from 350 N-m to 380 N-m from 1,750 rpm.

Golf GTI engine

The MK7 GTI is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine (TSI) with 162 kW. In the GTI Performance version, the engine’s maximum power is boosted to 169 kW.

GTI Clubsport engine

The Clubsport uses the same 2.0L EA888 turbocharged inline-4 as the standard GTI which has been revised to produce 261 horsepower, with up to 286 horsepower for 10 seconds at a time via an included overboost feature which raises the engine’s boost pressure by 0.2 bar, up to 2.1 bar.

GTI Clubsport S engine

Limited to 400 cars worldwide, the Clubsport S winds the GTI’s 2.0-litre turbo’s power up to 306bhp.

Golf R engine

Golf R is also built as a three- or five-door hatchback. It is powered by a newly developed version of the 1,984 cc (2.0 L; 121.1 cu in) turbocharged EA888 petrol FSI Inline-four engine used in the latest Golf GTI, but in this application producing 300 PS.