For four years in a row to 2019, Volkswagen Golf has been the most popular car model in Europe. It is as iconic to the younger generation as the Beetle was to their grandpas and grandmas. But what makes Volkswagen Golf such a hotcake in contemporary times?
The Choice of Automatic or Manual Transmission
The automatic transmission has gradually become the default. However, there are still some folks that enjoy the good ol’ driving stick.
As the driver’s car, Volkswagen Golf has always produced both the automatic and manual transmission vehicles. Having to choose between the two is always an attractive prospect. You don’t have to give up what you love.
The Iconic Hatchback
The hatchback has had its share of popularity since the late 70s, thanks to the Golf. Mk1 Golf is eye-catching, and it is not hard to see why it is so popular.
The original 1976 GTI boasted a 1.6 fuel-injected liter engine with a top speed of 113 mph. In the same year, the German brand released a 1.5-liter diesel engine with an impressive 36.2 mpg. It was one of the most fuel-efficient on the European roads during the 70s.
Depending on the engine, the highway fuel economy of Golf is up to 23% better than other European models. The Golf continues to set standards on matters of fuel efficiency.
Performance and Handling
It was in 2002 that Volkswagen unveiled Golf R32, touted as the most powerful engine in Golf. The model was also the standard AWD and the best highlight of focus to performance and handling. Volkswagen Golf is always improving and riding ahead of the competition.
For example, one of the key features in the latest units is the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture. The innovative feature reverses the upward weight spiral by reducing the weight and making it more effective on the road.