2013 New York Auto Show: Studs and Duds
Stud: 2015 Volkswagen Golf
Like virtually every successive Golf before it, the seventh-generation 2015 Volkswagen Golf doesn’t look a lot different from its predecessor. It has the same basic proportions, the same rearmost window pillar shape, the same basic grille, etc. It’s obviously a Volkswagen from first glance, and that’s just what the company wants. But what’s under the skin of this new car is what lands it here on our Studs list. Volkswagen is finally ditching its 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, swapping it for a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for the standard engine. The new car’s at least 200 pounds less than its predecessor; combined with the engines, it could make the new Golf a fuel-economy leader, and that’s before considering the new diesel engine. Inside, Volkswagen has upped the features, including a new and much bigger touchscreen as standard equipment across the board. Throw in active safety systems like the automatic braking system, and you have all the makings of a new class leader.
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