Though Volkswagen’s most famous car might have been the Beetle, its best-selling car is actually the Golf. Introduced to the car-buying public in 1974, the Golf has grown in popularity with over 30 million built since its inception. So many buyers have chosen the Golf that it has become the third-most popular vehicle of all time.
If the Golf were human, it could say, “I’m kind of a big deal.” For a little car, it has certainly racked up the awards. In 2009, its Mk6 model earned the title of World Car of the Year, and in 2013, its Mk7 model claimed the same title. The car has claimed a place on Car & Driver Magazine’s “Ten Best” lists many times, and has earned runner-up honors in the European Car of the Year awards in each generation of the car’s production.
The seventh generation of the German carmaker’s hot hatchback is in your local VW showroom now. Here are some of the features of the 2015 Golf TDI.
The 2015 Golf TDI More Economical Than Ever
Lighter, wider and higher: The 2015 Volkswagen Golf measures 0.2 inches wider and 2.1 inches longer than earlier models. Some of the 2015 models shave even more weight off with an aluminum engine block. This strips 220 pounds off these models, resulting in improved fuel economy. In these models, more than 240 pounds have been shed from previous versions. Based on which model you purchase, the 2015 Golf can weigh anywhere from 2,950 to 3,050 pounds.
Powerplant and Transmission: Volkswagen offers four different engines on the 2015 Golf. Normally-aspirated 1.2- and 1.4- liter gasoline-powered engines share the lineup with two turbocharged direct injection engines, a 1.6-liter and a 2.0-liter model. The carmaker provides plenty of choice when it comes to available gearboxes as well. Choose from a six-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch automatic transmission. You can’t go wrong either way.
Sturdier: High-strength steel that has been rapidly cooled provides six times the strength found in previous models of the car. Using such a skeleton for the car stripped 26 pounds off the total weight of all models. The vehicle is now safer and stronger than ever.
Sticker Price: Base models start around $25,500.
Take a Look Inside: The 2015 Golf may be economical, but its interior is anything but frugal. It comes standard with a five-inch touchscreen. Higher-end models have color screens, swipe control that you can zoom with just a pinch, and proximity sensing screen controls. Other options include a sunroof, keyless entry and start, drowsiness detection, parking sensors, and active cruise control.
With its rich history, the Golf is on Volkswagen’s top priority list for upgrades. With its popularity an established fact, the German carmaker is aiming to topple Toyota Corolla from its top spot. With these changes, the Golf may well become the world’s most popular car in 2015-and in years to come.
Stop by your local Volkswagen dealer to see the difference for yourself. Better yet, take it for a test drive. You’ll be impressed with all the 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI has to offer.