7th-Generation Volkswagen Golf Hits U.S. Shores Soon

golf-7If there is one car that will help Volkswagen on its goals towards world domination, it is the Golf. This plucky little hatchback has seen duty in literally dozens of countries, including America, where its reputation as a solid, efficient, and fun performer precedes it. Now Volkswagen is bringing a new Golf to the U.S., its seventh generation of the reputable hatchback, and this Golf comes with a bevy of turbocharged engines.

The biggest change is that the new, base engine for the Golf is a 1.8 liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 184 ft-lbs of torque. This engine is a good bit smaller than the naturally-aspirated 2.5 liter engine it replaces, but with no compromise on power. No word on fuel economy, but expect it to be frugal. We already did an in-depth look at the other changes to the new Golf, including less weight and an optional start/stop system, so I won’t repeat them here.

Buyers opting for the turbodiesel-powered Golf TDI will end up with a new 2.0 liter turbodiesel engine cranking out 150 horsepower and 236 ft-lbs of torque, while delivering fuel economy that should be well over 40 mpg. We can totally dig that, though Volkswagen didn’t mention specific fuel economy figures.

Finally, for you speedfreaks out there, there is the new Golf GTI, boasting a 2.0 liter gas engine making 210 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque…or there abouts. Volkswagen hasn’t settled on the final numbers, and it doesn’t look like we’ll get the GTI’s diesel-powered cousin, the Volkswagen GTD. Then again, that could change. Just don’t hold your breath.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.