The Volkswagen Golf is one of the most popular vehicles on European roads: and now it is attempting to expand on its dominance with the introduction of a more efficient 4Motion version.
In its latest guise, the Volkswagen Golf 4Motion (pictured) makes use of a four-wheel drive system that has been enhanced with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling.
It will be offered with three levels: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline; and with a choice of two turbo-diesel engines. Both make use of BlueMotion technology, with the Golf 1.6litre TDI 4Motion returning 52.3mpg; and the Golf 2.0litre TDI 4Motion offering 50mpg. The new model actually consumes 15 per cent less fuel than its predecessor.
The diesel engines used in the vehicle actually made their debut in the MK7 Golf and make use of a host of components featured in the new modular diesel engine system. For example, there are components such as an injection system; turbocharger; and intercooling with air intake; all meant to assist with lowering exhaust emissions.
Despite their impressive fuel economy, the engines are still powerful. In the case of the 1.6litre model, it is capable of producing a maximum torque of 250Nm from 1,500-2,750rpm and it can race from 0-62mph in 11.5seconds while achieving a top speed of 116mph. The 2.0litre TDI version meanwhile achieves its highest output of 320Nm between 3,500 and 4,000rpm – it has a top speed of 131mph and can move from 0-62mph in just 8.6seconds.
Also included as standard is a stop/start system and battery regeneration.
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