New VW Golf tees off

24 October 2019

VOLKSWAGEN is about to unveil its brand new Golf and in the meantime has added a raft of extra-value improvements to most of its other models without any increase in price.

They start at the bottom end of the range with the city car called up! gaining a frugal 1.0-litre 60bhp petrol engine plus the trim and equipment levels of the High up! model.

The slightly larger Polo, which is second-best-selling Volkswagen in the UK, gains lumbar adjustment as standard on the most popular SE and sporty R-Line versions. Meanwhile low-profile Music-loving Polo Beats buyers can now opt out of the exterior decals if they prefer.

The newness of the recently introduced T-Cross means that it is unchanged but the larger T-Roc gets a VW Connect dongle as standard on S, SE and Design trims. Meanwhile, on the R-Line the standard-fit Caribou Grey dash pad is replaced by a Shadow Steel one.

Volkswagen’s best-seller, the Golf, also gets updates with a VW Connect dongle now standard on S and Match Edition trims, whilst the 290bhp Golf GTI TCR now has an Akrapovic sports exhaust system as standard.

The Tiguan gains a new engine in the form of a 1.6-litre, 115bhp turbodiesel unit, to replace the 2.0-litre TDI with the same power, in entry-level S trim. This new high-efficiency 1.6-litre unit, which boasts 280Nm of pulling power, claims an economy figure of 48mpg. It becomes the cheapest Tiguan in the range with a price tag of £26,500.

Optional LED headlights also become available for the Tiguan S and Match version, to replace the halogen ones. As with other S and Match trims, the Tiguan and Tiguan Allspace also gain the VW Connect Dongle.

The Sharan is updated with a host of extra equipment including Discover Navigation on all models, plus a blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert including lane assist and dynamic road sign display. The SE model disappears, meaning the Sharan range begins with S and moves up to SE Nav and then SEL.

The Touran gets two new alloy wheel designs. There are 16-inch Karlstads to replace the Trondheim wheels on SE and SE Family trims, while the 17-inch Stockholm alloy wheel design is replaced by Alexandria wheels for SEL models. Both of these new wheel designs are available optionally for extra money on the lower specifications. The SE and SE Family Tourans gain the VW Connect dongle, while a DSG-equipped 2.0-litre, 115bhp turbodiesel engine option is added.

In the case of the stylish Arteon fastback there are some interior technology tweaks. The infotainment system moves to the latest MIB Generation 3, plus the second-generation Active Info Display and wireless App Connect. These features are also added to the latest Passat, whilst the Arteon also gains a third, entry-level SE trim as an alternative to the existing luxurious Elegance and sportier R-Line versions. The latter two trim levels receive Discover Navigation Pro as standard equipment.

At the top of the pile the Touareg large SUV gains Volkswagen’s new Park Assist Professional system, which combines Area View with Park Assist. A new optional air suspension with automatic self-levelling, height adjustment and electronic shock absorption control is also now offered on all trim levels of the Touareg.

The new Golf will be seen officially for the first time next week, with a determination to knock Ford’s rivals Focus off the top spot.