Volkswagen Golf TSi Road Test, Review
For different reasons the Volkswagen Golf and I had never crossed paths before, so getting the handed the keys was an exciting proposition.
Having no real preconceived ideas on what it was going to be like, it didn’t take me long to recognize why this model has been so enormously successful.
I am a fan of most German cars and very much have a soft spot for the BMW vehicles of today.
What Volkswagen will be pleased to hear is that the quality feel of their German rivals is accessible via the Golf for a lot less money.
The Golf range starts at just $21,490 which gets you a 90 TSi with a six-speed manual transmission.
I had the version with a seven-speed automatic transmission, a combo priced $23,990.
Under the bonnet is a turbo-charged 1.4 litre petrol engine that develops 90kW and 200Nm.
The claimed fuel consumption is 5.4L/100km, though I averaged 8.1L/100km in city driving.
Power delivery is typical small capacity turbo – a little sluggish down low, but once the revs are up and you are on the go the little Volkswagen Golf TSi has surprisingly long legs.
There is a sports mode as well, you simply pull the transmission selector back and while the difference between normal and sport is noticeable, most drivers will spend the vast majority in the ‘regular’ driving mode.
The seven-speed auto transmission works really well with the engine too and an auto stop/start system helps keep fuel consumption down.
The only issue with this fuel saving technology is that when the engine shuts down at the lights the air-conditioning does lose a bit of its chill.
As you would expect from Volkswagen – steering, ride, handling and brakes are all top-notch.
Inside the cabin of the Volkswagen Golf TSi there is only one word needed to sum up the look and feel – quality.
Really comfortable and supportive seats, tremendously attractive, functional and well-designed leather wrapped steering wheel, simple air-conditioning controls and overall smart layout and design are the highlights.
I also really liked the height-adjustable centre arm-rest and handy storage areas at the front of the centre console and to the right of the steering wheel.
Legroom is pretty good all-round in the Golf too and the boot is very generously sized.
Visibility from the driver’s seat is exceptionally good and the gauges and driver info screen are clear and easy to read on the go.
I could really only deduct a few points for size of the glove box and centre storage bin, well-proportioned door storage areas though are saviour.
Another positive in the Golf cabin is the stereo system – wow!
For an entry-level car the sound quality is remarkable!
The centre touchscreen though is a touch complicated and I did have trouble getting my phone to synch with the Bluetooth system at times.
In this grade of Golf a reversing camera, satellite navigation, auto headlights and auto wipers and push button ignition aren’t on the menu.
The 2014 Volkswagen Golf range has a five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Summing it up – I was mighty impressed with the Volkswagen Golf TSi.
With such a feeling of quality, such a great design and layout and just overall premium feeling, it’s remarkable that this can be accessed for a touch over $20,000!
Full marks VW!
NUTS and BOLTS
- Engine: 1.4 litre turbo-charged petrol producing 90kW and 200Nm
- Transmission: Seven-speed dual clutch automatic
- Safety: Five stars
- Warranty: Three years
- Origin: Germany
- Price: Manual - $21,490, Auto - $23,990.