“People are people” is one of the simplest yet most effective commercials we’ve seen in a long time. It boasts Volkswagen’s ‘Das Auto’ mantra, reflecting the fact that VW studies people in order to make that one car that they all like. That one car in question is indeed the Golf. The new generation of the world’s greatest hatchback uses the same recipe that made the first generation such, only a bit more.
Powering the VW Golf VII is a new range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. At launch, the petrol engines are a 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS unit returning 4.9 l/100 km (around 57.6 mpg and 113 g/km), and a 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS unit with Active Cylinder Technology, which can deactivate two of the cylinders, and achieves up to 4.8 l/100 km (58.9 mpg and 112 g/km). The launch diesel engines are a 1.6-litre unit with 105 PS, which returns 3.8 l/100 km (74.3 mpg and 99 g/km), and a 2.0-litre 150 PS unit which returns 4.1 l/100 km (68.9 mpg and 106 g/km).