Volkswagen Australia will beef up the list of standard equipment across its Golf small car range for 2023 model year vehicles, but keep prices stable.
The changes will come into effect for all MY23 Golfs manufactured from the end of June, while the R-Line, GTI and R variants will not receive the updated equipment until the end of November this year.
All Golfs will now come standard with a front center airbag to protect front passengers in the event of a collision, bringing the total number of airbags throughout the cabin to nine.
The active safety technologies Lane Assist and Travel Assist have also been updated, with Volkswagen explaining the change as follows: “If a driver moves close to the outer lane line due to a narrow lane, the system will no longer attempt to move. the lane. deviating from that line and will advise the driver to take control.”
Other changes to the MY23 Golf lineup include a new steering wheel airbag cover, new door trim inserts (for base Golf, Life and GTI variants) and updated interior inserts.
Golf GTI grades also feature embossed sport seat covers.
Finally, the Golf’s 10.25-inch all-digital instrument cluster will now more easily display the speedometer should a pop-up appear on the screen.
Standard equipment across the Volkswagen Golf lineup includes 16-inch alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto-compatible wireless multimedia touchscreen, digital radio, tri-zone climate controls and a cloth interior.
For safety, every Golf comes with the brand’s ‘IQ Drive’ suite, which includes Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Driver Attention Alert, blind spot monitoring and a reversing camera. .
Moving up to the Life adds more customization options for the instrument display, a 10.0-inch multimedia screen, 17-inch alloy wheels, emergency assistance, and an exit warning system.
The R-Line, meanwhile, gets 18-inch wheels, a 15mm lower ride height, sporty body kit, Matrix LED headlights, and sportier steering.
Performance-hungry Golf GTI buyers enjoy adaptive suspension, a front differential lock, red-painted brake calipers, front sport seats, plaid upholstery, and dual exhaust tips.
The top-spec Golf R, meanwhile, gets sport Nappa leather seats and a premium Harman Kardon sound system.
Golf wagons mirror their hatchback counterparts in spec, but obviously offer more cargo capacity thanks to their larger dimensions.
For reference, the Golf hatchback will swallow 381 liters of volume with all seats in place, expanding to 1237L with the second row folded, while the Estate has a boot capacity of 611L/1642L.
As before, all Golf variants (except the performance-oriented GTI and R) are powered by a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine, sending 110kW/250Nm to the front wheels via a torque converter automatic transmission. eight speed.
The GTI boosts performance thanks to a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine generating 180kW/370Nm, which is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Golf R meanwhile gets grip with all-wheel drive and also uses a 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit, but makes a hefty 235kW/400Nm of power in hatchback form and 235kW/420Nm in estate form thanks to the inclusion of a gasoline engine. special filter.
The Golf R’s ‘R-Performance Torque Vectoring’ four-wheel drive system also enables a rear-wheel drive ‘Drift Mode’ in the hot hatch and pickup.
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