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Volkswagen Golf Named Motor Trend Car Of The Year

Volkswagen is once again producing cars in the US and the Volkswagen Golf, including the GTI, has been named the 2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year. For 2015, the
07 May 2016 10:06
Volkswagen Golf Named Motor Trend Car Of The Year
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Volkswagen is once again producing cars in the US and the Volkswagen Golf, including the GTI, has been named the 2015 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

For 2015, the Golf was a near-unanimous choice among our judges by virtue of its strong performance in each of the six Car of the Year criteria.

 

Advancement in Design

While we admit the 2015 Golf won’t make the average freeway-goer take much notice, the devil’s in the details.

With crisply sculpted bodywork that’s nearly an inch lower, two inches longer, and a half-inch wider than its predecessor’s, the new Golf looks sleeker and sportier than the car it replaces.

There are no superfluous lines, no gimmicky details; this makes the Golf one of the few cars in its segment that is able to appeal visually to both younger and more mature demographics.

The interior is equally impressive, with refinement and attention to detail apparent everywhere.

This is from the revamped 5.8-inch touch screen display, to the supportive seats and clear instrumentation, to the cloth-lined door pockets normally found only in higher-end vehicles.

We also appreciated classic touches such as the golf-ball-styled shift knob and available tartan upholstery in the GTI.

 

Performance of Intended Function

Every Golf we had on hand was made for a different customer with different priorities.

From eco-friendly tech lovers, to fuel misers, to canyon road carvers, to A-to-B commuters, our four variants excelled in their individual ways while still feeling similar.

Better yet, each did this at a price point that belies its premium feel, a major Volkswagen brand goal.

A key point of the hatchback is practicality. Such a design maximises available space in any vehicle.

But especially so in smaller ones.

Volkswagen’s experience with hatchbacks has benefited the latest Golf with more cargo space than the outgoing model, according to VW, and a real rear seat that fit even our tallest testers comfortably.

We’d venture to say there’s more apparent cabin space in the Golf than in some midsize sedans.

 

Safety

All 2015 Golf models come standard with six airbags, stability control and Volkswagen’s automatic post-collision braking system, which activates the brakes after a crash is detected by the airbag sensors to help minimise further damage.

Of course, that may not be needed at all if buyers choose the optional Driver Assistance Package, which includes a forward-collision warning system.

That system’s availability, along with ratings of Good in each of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s five crash evaluations (including the newly standardized small-overlap frontal test), earned it an IIHS Top Safety Pick + rating — the highest possible.

Source: MOTOR TREND

 

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