This is the new 2017 model year Volkswagen Golf. No, really... it is. Although VW describes the 2017 car as a 'major update' exterior changes are remarkably subtle.
Volkswagen used the Beijing Auto Show to unveil an astonishingly powerful Golf concept, the VW Golf R 400. Based on the Golf R, itself already boasting 300PS, the Golf R 400 boosts this to an incredible 400PS.
VW has released the first details of its new Golf GTE, effectively a plug-in hybrid version of the Golf GTI. It's powered by a 150PS 1.4-litre petrol engine combined with a 102PS electric motor.
The most powerful Golf ever, the 300PS VW Golf R, is available to order now priced from £29,900. Power comes from a new version of the familiar EA888 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine used in the Golf GTI, but with a few tweaks.
The VW Golf Estate has always felt like something of an afterthought in the Golf range; a five-door hatchback with an extra bit grafted on the end. For the Mk7, however, VW say the Golf Estate was engineered as a model in its own right, an advantage of the company’s new modular MQB platform. This approach allowed the designers to create a more unified shape. The trademark kink in the C-pillar of the hatchback has been transferred to the D-pillar of the estate, and the rear doors have been redesigned to allow the shape of the side window line to flow more cohesively.
The new VW Golf R will be the fastest Golf ever, powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 300PS and 280 lb/ft of torque, enough to hit 62mph in less than five seconds.
Motoring icons. They're the wheeled equivalent of a double-edged sword. There isn't a car manufacturer on this planet that wouldn't kill to have one, but the task of developing a replacement is more than a little onerous. Porsche have turned the job of fiddling with the 911 into something of an art form, and have fettled and tweaked their once wayward hedge trimmer into the go-to everyday sports car. Peugeot, on the other hand, have yet to produce a truly worthy successor to the original 205 GTi. VW, and the equally iconic Golf GTI, have fallen somewhere between the two. Does the new Mk7 GTI allows us to pronounce with glee that most over-used motoring phrase "the GTI is back?"
The new VW Golf Estate opens for ordering tomorrow (2nd July), with a £765 price premium over its hatchback brother. Starting from £17,915, the new Golf Estate will be available with seven engines and three trim levels.
The VW Golf BlueMotion, which offers economy of up to 88.3 mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of just 85 g/km, is available to order from today, priced from £20,335 from the three-door and £20,990 for the five door
The latest version of the Volkswagen Golf GTD, which was introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show last month, is now available to order in the UK, with prices starting at £25,285 on the road
The seventh-generation version of the iconic Volkswagen Golf GTI, which was introduced at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, is now available to order in the UK, with prices starting at £25,845
The new generation VW Golf BlueMotion goes on sale in the UK in May 2013, powered by a 1.6-litre engine capable of 88.3 mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of just 85 g/km