The Volkswagen Golf range can be a little confusing at times, particularly given the huge range of engines and trim levels on offer.
VW might have made your decision easier though, with the new Golf Match. Replacing the old SE trim line, the Match adds equipment and costs not a penny more and considering the SE is already a best-seller, there’s little doubt the Match will attract even more buyers.
There’s still a bit of choosing to do within the Match range, so we’ll try and make things simple.
All Golf Match models are available in both three- and five-door body styles. There are three engines – a 120hp1.4-litre TSI petrol, a 104hp1.6-litre TDI diesel and a 148hp2.0-litre TDI diesel. And each model has a choice of two gearboxes: a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (DSG) on the 1.4, a five-speed manual or seven-speed DSG on the 1.6, and the range-topping diesel comes with a six-speed manual, or a six-speed DSG.
With us so far? Good stuff.
If you want the most economical Golf Match, you’ll want a 1.6 TDI with the five-speed manual; it’s rated at 74.3 mpg and emits 99 g/km of CO2, so is free to tax. The quickest Match is the 2.0-litre TDI, which has a 0-60mph time of 8.6 seconds, and still manages to get 68.9 mpg with the manual gearbox. And somewhere in the middle is the 1.4 TSI it’s not as economical as the diesels, but equipped with the dual-clutch transmission you get 56 mpg economy and a much smoother and slightly quieter engine.
The Match’s pricelistis relatively simple to understand too.
The Golf Match range kicks off at 19,680 for a 1.4 TSI in three-door form with the manual transmission; you’ll spend up to 24,120 for a five-door, dual-clutch 2.0 TDI. Those prices are identical to the old SE line, yet you’ll probably spend less time on the options list since a lot more is included.
The old SE was hardly a spartan vehicle, with 16-inch alloy wheels, cloth seats, silver dashboard trim, height and lumbar adjustable seats, adaptive cruise control, and a multitude of safety systems.
Match models, however, add even more: front and rear parking sensors, front fog lights, automaticallyfolding door mirrors with puddle lights and a reverse-activated dipping mirror on the passengerside. Wheel diameter remains the same, but a sporty five-spoke design replaces the SE’s ten-spoke alloys. All told, the Match offers a lot of extra kit for no extra cost.
While all Golfs are well-equipped, the Match is still worth the extra over the cheaper S, if only for the extra safety kit. Available on the SE and continuing for the Match, that includes Front Assist (which will monitor in front of the car and alert you if the traffic in front slows down unexpectedly) and City Emergency Braking (which will perform emergency stops at speeds under 18mph), a Driver Alert System (which detects how tired you are and recommends you take a break),and Pre-Crash preventative occupant protection (this closes the windows and sunroof and tightensseatbelts if it thinks an accident is imminent).
Still with us? All you need to know now is that the Match goes on sale… now. Details are already available on our Golf review page; deliveries are expected to begin in September. If you want to get your hands on a new VW check out our Golf deals.