Yes, I’m talking about the VW Golf 7, and it’s our new long-termer. A stalwart on South African roads, the Golf is an impressive machine, which just keeps maturing and improving. It’s one thing driving a test car for a week, as is common practice, but quite another, living with such a vehicle for an extended period of time.
Our test mule is the 1.4 TSI with 90kW fitted to the slick shifting seven-speed DSG. The engine itself is quite something and during its initial tenure, the car has been averaging around the 7.7 litres/100km mark, while spending a large portion of its life in Joburg traffic.
The Golf’s performance is nippy and enough to satisfy the need for a quick pull-off, but probably this VW’s best characteristic is its ride and comfort. The revolutionary MQB Platform, which has been used extensively throughout the VW group, delivers a smooth drive.
Graced with the renowned Golf looks, the car seems to have matured through the ages, like an overachiever at school who just keeps getting better with age. It’s no wonder the Golf is such a popular car for the masses. On my initial outing, there was very little to fault the car on and it’s no wonder it won the coveted World Car of the Year crown against some stiff competition.
The interior space is good and the materials used for fit and finish are first class. I know the usual gripe is the car doesn’t have USB, but having fitted an MMI cable with iPod connectivity, I’m finding it difficult to find any real faults.
Maybe we’re still in our honeymoon phase, but right now, the Golf is my perfect partner and I’m rather happy with the time we spend together. It’s athletic, neat and it certainly looks good in the flesh.
But I’m keen to spend some time behind the wheel and see just how good this wunderkind really is at not only the daily commute, but weekend fun, too.