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By SGT Andrew Hetherington
Volkswagen Golf 118TSI Comfortline Wagon
Engine: 1.4l Twincharger petrol engine producing 118kW
of power and 240Nm of torque
RRP before on roads: $44,460
CARS which begin as one body design and
spawn another with the same model name
are usually the result of the manufacturer
doing something right.
VW has built six generations of the Golf since 1974.
With its latest generation it's introduced a wagon to the
Australian market for the first time.
The model tested was an up spec, 118TSI
Comfortline, with leather seats, panoramic glass sunroof
New Golf wagon full of surprises
and brilliant park assist, which will parallel park the
car with only the driver needing to be watchful and to
control the brakes.
A 1.4l power plant under the bonnet gives the
impression driving will be an underpowered and inad-
equate experience. Only after you pull away from the
kerb do you realise the Golf wagon with this engine is
a sleeper, capable of keeping ahead of most of its traffic
peers with ease.
The engine has a supercharger, which is called into
play at low revs and a turbocharger to take care of
power delivery at higher revs.
The seven-speed DSG transmission delivers fast
and extremely smooth changes. You have to listen
carefully to the engine note to detect the ratio swaps.
Although if you plant your right foot hard while in a
lower gear, you're met with a short delay in propulsion
as the supercharger, engine and computer synchronise
to deliver the goods.
Handling was what you would expect from a front
wheel drive small wagon, some body roll was experi-
enced in cornering, but on the whole the chassis per-
formed above expectations.
Occupants perch on comfortable, but firm, leather
seats and leg room in the back was adequate for medi-
um sized adults. If you are six-foot plus, either hope the
front seat passengers are gravitationally challenged or
like to sit close to the dashboard.
The rear luggage space was surprising. At 505lt
with the seat up and 1495lt with the seat down, this is
a genuine attempt at creating a wagon and not just a
What you also get with the Golf wagon is quality,
with a well designed dashboard and interior. From the
steering wheel, phone calls via Bluetooth and the stereo
can be controlled.
The standout interior feature, apart from the pano-
ramic glass roof, was the optional touch screen, colour,
satellite navigation and entertainment system with a
30GB hard drive. It also had an excellent hi-res screen
and a DVD drive, which takes the pain out of any long
trip to an unfamiliar location.
The Golf wagon is a flexible alternative to a hatch-
back and sedan, giving owners increased luggage space
with high levels of comfort, cocooning them in a good
looking, safe, reliable, well designed and equipped car.
new Golf wagon
scores high on
comfort and design.
Photo: SGT Andrew
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