2008 Volkswagen Golf | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

Golf is very important to VW. It is the German car makers’ mainstay car, although Touareg seems to be stealing the thunder if one were to look at the parking lots.  Relatively expensive in its segment, mainly due to a strong Euro, more would be seen plying the roads if the prices were to be more attractive in the Middle East.

A very capable car, the Golf is somewhat unnoticeable. It’s new but doesn’t look sufficiently new. VW’s process of evolution is so deeply entrenched that it looks like another face-lifted model rather than an entirely new generation of a very capable car that it is.

It offers superb driving excellence, thanks to its responsive chassis. It is eminently practical and its upmarket interior provides a comfortable and cultured driving  experience for all occupants. Rear seats are foldable, should one wish to load the Golf with paraphernalia.

The interior is a veritable litany of features. Power windows, cruise control, audio system with as many speakers as an octopus has tentacles, optional CD changer (on some models) are but some of the convenience features.

Multiple choices of engines are available, from the nimble 102bhp 1.6-litre, the frugal 2.0-litre FSI with 150bhp on the GTI to the lightening quick 250bhp 3.2-litre V6 on  the R32. The standard transmission is a five-speed manual with four-speed automatic transmission available as an option.

Golf GTI and R32 remain a benchmark for other hot hatches to emulate and are cars to aspire for, especially among the moneyed young who want a small car with power  and driving dynamics to complement their active lifestyles.

Technical Specifications
Engine1.6-litre 4-Cyl2.0-litre 4-cyl2.0-litre 4-Cyl3.2-litre V6
Power102 Bhp150 Bhp200 Bhp250 Bhp
Torque148 Nm200 Nm280 Nm320 Nm
TransmissionManual/AutomaticManual/AutomaticManual/AutomaticManual/Automatic
 Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 68,000 upto 126,000*

 

 

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and offers.

Competition

Peugeot 307
Renault Megane
Ford Focus
Skoda Fabia

 

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