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2014 VW Golf: King Of The Road

July 21, 2014

Since 1974, the VW Golf has been built over 30 million times, winning the coveted ‘World Car of the Year’ award twice, voted ‘European Car of the Year’ twice and holds the title of being the world’s second best-selling vehicle – impressed? Now well into its 7th generation, the Golf has reached legendary status among drivers and car critics alike. As one of the world’s biggest automotive success stories, it’s no wonder the German automakers behind it are proud to shout about the Golf’s king of the road status. Over its many years of development, Volkswagen have clearly learnt a trick or two, revolutionising the automotive industry with engineering, design and technological advancements along the way.

 

 

 

Design

The first generation Golf was a front-wheel drive, front-engined replacement for the iconic Volkswagen Beetle, a car that was famously air-cooled, rear-engined and rear-wheel drive. It has since become available as a 3 or 5-door hatchback, a 5-door estate and a 5-door sports-van – there’s truly something for everyone and it’s no wonder that the VW Golf remains a hot seller. Its familiar and sophisticated black interior is well crafted and comes with optional heated seats and a matching black leather-wrapped steering wheel – the finish is definitely a cut above its class and boasts a level of quality only rivaled by much pricier brands.

 

Features

With a number of new safety systems and a anti-collision braking system that automatically brakes the car in an accident, driver fatigue detection, lane-assist radar, traffic sign recognition and an automatic parking system, the Golf really is leading the way for automotive technology. The VW’s not only well kitted out, it’s versatile too, with a choice of petrol, diesel, LPG, electric or hybrid power plants – enough to satisfy the biggest petrol head or the greenest eco-warrior – all on the same award-winning chassis.

 

 

 

Performance

Our pick of the current line up, the popular 1.4 TSI SE Golf is capable of 0-62 in 9.3 seconds and will reach a top speed of 126 mph – not bad for a sensible family hatch that returns over 53 mpg! If you want even more bang for your buck, VW’s Bluemotion diesel line-up can save you serious cash at the pump. The 1.6L TDI Bluemotion Golf is capable of over 88 mpg and is tax exempt, producing just 85g/km of CO2 – in fact, it’s even cleaner than the hybrid Toyota Prius. Yet another reason why this car is winning awards across the globe and why its premium pricing is worth investing in.

 

Price

It couldn’t be clearer that the VW Golf is the winner in it’s category – on all accounts. The mid-size VW just goes from strength to strength, with each generation somehow better than the last. As expected from VW, pricing is slightly more on the premium side, however the Golf is an investment like no other – providing the optimum balance between price, performance and quality. There’s a vast range of models available and as such, a vast range of prices. The Golf starts at £16,995 for the 1.2L TSI, ranging all the way up to £30,555 for the seriously sporty 300R hot hatch.

 

Think the VW Golf might be out of your budget? Think again! The Car Loan Warehouse are experts in VW finance. We work with dealers and lenders to find you the best deal, offering loans between £1000 and £50,000. Our experienced advisors will find you the best interest rates, regardless of your credit score. Already got a price in mind? No problem! Try our quick and easy online car finance calculator for an instant estimated quote.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.