Since the arrival of Mark V Volkswagen Golf, there has been a cult following for this top-selling VW model. With the introduction of the Mark VII (7.5) Golf R-line late last year, Volkswagen Malaysia has decided to add on a Sound & Style package to the standard Golf R-line to boost specification. We took the latest Sound & Style Golf R-line for a spin as well as let our readers know what the additional RM3,000 Sound & Style package does to the Golf.
Golf MkVII with a fresh perspective
On the outside, the Golf has always carried a timeless look that turns most car enthusiasts’ heads. The Mk 7.5 continues this impressum with full LED head- and rear-lights to elevate the look of the standard Golf. Furthermore, the look is further enhanced by sleek looking ‘Singapore’ style alloy rims, wrapped in 225/45 R17 tyres.
Unmistakable interior in the Golf
Organize is the word defining the interior of the Golf. You get plenty of soft touch materials around the dashboard and the buttons are nicely laid out to keep things within reach of the driver. The huge 12.3 inch instrument cluster screen also carries that organized look, where it has a purpose to display relevant information, but in our review we had noticed repetitive information around the instrument cluster.
On the matter about screens, there is another 8 inch infotainment display that takes center stage on the dashboard. The infotainment screen is high definition and you can connect your phone through Android Auto, Carplay and Mirrorlink. There are 8 speakers linked to the infotainment system, and with the Sound & Style package, Volkswagen Malaysia added another 300W sound bar that comes with 2 speakers and an amplifier. The sound quality from the whole setup is clear and crisp. Pump up the volume, the speakers still maintain sound quality without any glitches.
Below the infotainment unit, there is a dual zone climate control unit neatly rested inside the dash that is pretty foolproof to operate. Next to the climate control, you get a cool-to-touch gear lever, surrounded by essential switches like the drive mode button, front parking sensor on/off, auto hold brake, parking brake and engine start stop. The drive mode button allows you to toggle between eco, comfort, sport and individual mode.
For storage, there are plenty of space from the deep pockets under the climate control to the doors’ slits. Other additional items that comes with the Sound & Style pack for the Golf are the VW Tint, aluminum side step with Golf lettering and aluminum pedals.
Comfort level is top notch for the Golf Mk7.5 with your customary adjustable seats and rather ample head- and leg-room. However, legroom would reduce if the front seats are moved backwards. The rear seats allow you to do a 60:40 split folding to increase the Golf carrying capacity from 380 to 1,270 liters.
Being a German make, safety is paramount. This means the Golf is loaded with essential safety equipment. For starters, there are 7 airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Hill Hold Assist, which is pretty standard. On top of that, you’ll get an Anti Skid Regulator, Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), Engine Drag Torque Control, Tyre Pressure Loss Indicator, Electronic Differential System (XDS), Proactive Occupants Protection System, Driver Alert Assist and Automatic Post Collision Braking System.
The drive of the Golf TSi has always been the talk of the town. A 1.4L inline 4 turbocharged engine that produces 150PS at 5,000-6,000rpm and 250Nm at 1,500-3,500rpm powers the car nicely, while a 7 speed DSG transfers power from the engine to the wheels. Low speed torque is plentiful, while extra boost comes whenever when it’s required for overtaking. The DSG is precise and smooth, with seamless gear changes. For reliability, Volkswagen Malaysia has equipped this 1.4 Golf TSi with a wet clutch to keep the clutch cool in this hot and humid country.
Front McPhersons and a multilink rear is the suspension setup for the Golf. This setup is sufficient to keep the car planted at high speeds and around bends. Near the grip limit of the car, the car would slide progressively rather than suddenly snap into oversteer. The Electric Power Steering is tune to suit a wider audience as the steering can feel a tad on the lighter side when driven at lower speeds. It does however become heavier on higher speeds.
Four disc brakes and a halt and brake pedal are enough to keep the Golf its effective stopping. Further, thanks to effective insulation and high-quality stuff, the Golf cruises with the least exterior noise and passengers’ comfort is most assured.
Golf Mk7.5 verdict
This Golf is fun as any Golfs out there and the Mk7.5 did not disappoint us. Priced at RM177,390, the Sound & Style package another RM3,280, the Golf R-Line offers plenty for the asking bid. A 5-year warranty, 3-year free service and 5-year free road side assistance service are added perks for the Golf. Colors available are Deep Black, Pure White, Indium Grey, Turmeric Yellow, White Silver and our review unit hue, Atlantic Blue.