Blog: New Golf
Dave Leggett | 11 August 2008
We caught a glimpse of the new - generation six - Volkswagen Golf last week and it clearly follows the well-trodden VW Golf 'evolutionary' path in terms of its external design. Much about what's interesting with this car is under the skin. It sounds like it will be packed with innovation and, presumably, a lower cost/price than the outgoing model.
It will be interesting to see how the model performs in a segment in which the bar has most certainly been raised over the last five years.
I wonder if the next Golf has grown bigger though? That's one of the things that continually amazes me in this industry - that cars keep on getting bigger and heavier. It seems that with each generational change, the designers cannot resist a few dimensional 'improvements' to underline the new car's superiority over what it replaces. A Golf Mk 1 is a very, very different car in terms of size to the current one. So's the Mk 3 come to think of it.
And then there's the added weight associated with all the regulatory and market pressures to pack even more in to the new car.
I am sure the new Golf will be impressive on many levels. But how much bigger and heavier will it be than the one it replaces?
Does it matter if it's heavier and bigger than its predecessor? In a sense, perhaps it doesn't. Anyone who feels it's become too big can downsize to the Polo and maybe the bigger size plays well into the mid-sized family car area in which many owners of larger cars will be looking to downsize over the next couple of years - the larger C-segment cars perhaps hitting a new sweet spot where D-segment once ruled.
But isn't it a little odd that cars are apparently putting on weight in these energy cost and CO2 conscious times?
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