Mark VII Volkswagen Golf launches with 5.8-inch touchscreen standard

Volkswagen has launched its seventh generation Golf in Australia with a lower starting price, more powerful base engine and a standard 5.8-inch touchscreen entertainment system.

The Mark VII VW Golf range kicks off locally at A$21,490 for the base 90TSI (pictured below). Standard on this model is a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine kicking out 90kW of power and 200Nm of torque through the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic (DSG) will add A$2,500 to the price.

Features on the 90TSI extend to 7 airbags (including a knee bag for the driver), automatic engine start/stop, electronic front-diff lock (XDL), 15-inch steel wheels, air-con, cruise control and programmable speed limiter, driver fatigue detection system, wing mirrors with heating and indicators, space saver spare wheel and remote power windows.

The 8-speaker sound system is controlled via a 5.8-inch touchscreen that’s capable of recognising smartphone-style swipe gestures. It’s linked up to a CD player, AM/FM radio, SD card slot, USB port, auxiliary jack, steering wheel audio controls, and Bluetooth for hands-free and streaming.

Next step up is the A$24,990 90TSI Comfortline; A$27,490 for the 7-speed DSG. The extra dosh buys you 16-inch alloys, an arm rest and cupholders for the rear seat, dual-zone climate control air-con with air quality sensor, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear vision mirror, storage drawers under the front seats, and wing mirrors that automatically dip when you engage reverse. Sat nav is a A$950 optional extra.

Head on up to the A$31,990 103TSI Highline (pictured above) and there’s a more powerful 103kW/250Nm version of the 1.4-litre engine, while the 7-speed DSG is standard. Other additional features include front fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted tail-lights, ambient lighting and sportier front seats with alcantara (fake suede) inlays. The sound system is upgraded with addition of sat nav, a second SD card slot, and voice recognition for phone and nav control.

Top of the tree, for now, is the A$34,990 110TDI Highline that has the same feature list as the 103TSI, but with a 110kW/320Nm 2-litre turbo-diesel under the bonnet. The only transmission on offer here is a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch.

A A$1,300 drive assistance package incorporating adaptive cruise control, emergency city braking, and automated parallel and reverse parking is optional on all but the base 90TSI model. Highline buyers can also opt for a panoramic sunroof (A$1,850), bi-xenon headlights with LED driving lights (A$2,150) and leather upholstery (A$2,950).

Engines, power and fuel economy

  90TSI 103TSI 110TDI
Capacity/type 1.4-litre turbo 4-cylinder 2-litre turbo 4-cylinder
Fuel type Petrol (95RON premium unleaded) Diesel
Power 90kW 103kW 110kW
Torque 200Nm 250Nm 320Nm
0 to 100km/h 9.3s (DSG)
9.3s (man)
8.4s (DSG) 8.6s (DSG)
Fuel economy  
Combined 5.4L/100km (DSG)
5.7L/100km (man)
5.2L/100km (DSG) 4.9L/100km (DSG)
City 6.6L/100km (DSG)
7.2L/100km (man)
6.3 (DSG) 5.8 (DSG)
Highway 4.7L/100km (DSG)
4.8L/100km (man)
4.6L/100km (DSG) 4.5L/100km (DSG)

Dimensions, weight and capacity

Length: 4,349mm
Width: 1,799mm
Height: 1,491mm
Wheelbase: 2,620mm

Weight: 1,209kg – 1,326kg

Boot space: 380L (rear seats up) – 1,270L (rear seats down)

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]