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by Brett Davis

The next-generation Volkswagen Golf will reportedly showcase a sleeker, lower-profile body compared with the current Golf shape we’ve all come to love (or hate). Changes will include a lower roofline, wider track and a more hunkered down driving position.

The Volkswagen Golf Mk7 is currently under development and according to international reports, the new model will step away slightly from the conservative, straight-cut looks and go for a more sporty, drawn-back profile.

Changes to the body and chassis are being made to help give the popular hatchback a more involved driving character and to freshen up the Golf visually. According to Autocar in the UK, the new Golf will feature more strongly raked A-pillars as well as a fatter wheel track (as evident by the spy image test car above, with its pumped out wheel arches. Please note: the test car is fitted with the current bodywork for camouflage purposes).

The changes will help different Golf models be distinguished more easily, from the wagon and high-roof Golf Plus variants, to the new three-door version that will apparently feature an even more sporty look. The three-door will be heading towards the direction of the Vauxhall Astra GTC, although not quite as sporty.

Inside, the Golf Mk7 will also incorporate a new cabin layout with an all-new dashboard and instrument cluster. The centre facia and instrument dials will be more driver-oriented as well, encapsulating the driver in a more cockpit-style environment.

We’ll have to wait and see to know for sure. The next Volkswagen Golf is expected to debut sometime next year. In the meantime, feel free to tell us what you think. Is this a good move by Volkswagen? Would you like a sportier styled Volkswagen Golf? Or should the style remain traditional and conservative?

  • FrugalOne


    Is this where the 911 designers train?

    Looks like every other Golf over the last 4 generations

    Nothing new here

    • Devil’s Advocate

      F/O, the car in the photo is a test mule. You would find they have fitted the next generation chassis underneath the current body shape. Afterall, exterior panels are just that, exterior panels. As mentioned in the article, that is why it has the flared wheel archs up the back to fit the wider track of the new chassis. Basically all manufacturers do this in the early stages of new model development.

      However it probably will not look much different considering VW ATM seem to be giving everything the same front end!

      • Golfschwein

        It’s depressing that you had to explain it to him at all, DA. But that’s what some people need, when they don’t read, I guess.

  • Ford Fairlane

    Got 4 golf jokes.

    What do you call a Iranian made golf? – Persian Golf

    What do you call two golf drivers with road rage? – Golf war

    What do you call many golfs lined up outside the dealership to have warranty recalls done? – Golf stream

    VW twincharge engine longevity. :)

    • Jim Sim

      haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahaha…. Awesome…

      “The next-generation Volkswagen Golf will reportedly showcase a sleeker, lower-profile body compared with the current Golf shape we’ve all come to love (or hate).”

      Yep, we are the haters…. Worst cars ever built. Please Germans and German fanboys, Go to Germany and stay there… I dont want your substandard expensive crappy looking turds on my roads. Go breakdown somewhere else.

    • Golfschwein

      Have you made an approach to Channel Nine? With a sense of humour as sensational as this, you could pack up your day job and write the voice overs for World’s Funniest Videos. Your demographic is bang on target.

      • Jim Sim

        Its ok Golfschwein, I still enjoy my day job as a priest. I know how much of a one-eyed VW fanboy you are anyway. Im just taking the P**s. Terrible car and manufacturer though.

      • Ford Fairlane

        Just jokes golfie

        but i think those twincharge engines are stressed out little units that will have low engine life.IMO

        Time will tell.

        • Golfschwein

          orright, then. Maybe I see you. Yes, even I would avoid the twin charge unit. Brilliant, but deeply troubled and suicidal, like some human beings. I’d head straight for a diesel or GTI. Peace.

        • CRS200

          Tell that to a Fanboy Polo GTI owner and he will eat you alive.

          There is nothing like the Renault Clio RS 200 as a super mini and boy does it love to rev.
          Skoda Fabia vRS, Audi A1 TSI, Seat Ibiza Cupra and Polo GTI are all cars that will have awful reliability issues on that engine, just wait and see.

          PS: Before the fanboys star talking crap about Renault Reliability they are flawless.

          • CRS200

            I talking about the 1.4l Twin-charged engines.

          • bangel

            Renault reliability ROFL hahaha , happy days CR200 , keep the cheque book topped up , watch the interior melt in the midday sun and keep a trash can close buy to pick up the bits falling on the floor .

          • CRS200

            Bangel your ignorance is remarkable!

          • CRS200

            Ohhh one other thing Bangle don’t sweat too much trying to keep up.


          • bangel

            Keep up easy , way past with 189kw and 400nm , eat my dust on the straight ,not enough to catch me before the corners .

            Dont forget to carry your roadside assistance card at all times , terrible when a renault just dies for no reason .

          • CRS200

            I’ll keep up don’t you worry, you better get the twisty part right thou…


            Ps: Don’t worry I have owned a Renault for 5 years and it was flawless. As is my actual one not to say they have improved lot over the years in terms of interior quality.

          • bangel

            HA mate no torks your little left wrist will be sore with all that torkless cog sawapping , meanwhile 1st to 3rd to 5th gone , no sweat .

            Had the old unreliable one for 5 years , gone to the crusher now

          • CRS200

            Ohhh the Clio mkII some were lemons, I’m talking about RS200 allot has changed mate.

            But we do need to go for a drive through Macquarie Pass mate…

          • CRS200

            Don’t worry about my left wrist i learn’t to drive in a place that has only uphill/downhill twisty stuff.

            Search for Madeira Rally to get an idea.


          • bangel

            I know about torkless cars had a honda prelude vtir , great handler , but too much cog swapping gets boring .

      • Aussie bender

        Like Carl Stefanovic with his Dalai Lama jokes?

    • bangel

      Yes and the golf will still be here long after the falcoon is deleted fron the price list at ford , just like the fairlane , that big tub of lard , forgotten already .

      • Ford Fairlane

        Their will still be registered Fairlanes around when all the twin charge engines have been recycled and turned into Tara Nano’s.

        • bangel

          Who the hell would want the biggest pile of rubbish ever dumped onto the OZ narket , resale , how much will you charge me for dumping it .

  • Andrew

    As much as I would like a more aggressive Golf I can’t help but feel that conservatism is a traditional part of the badge.

    What role would this new version leave for Scirroco? Will the new turbocharged beetle be pushed back into the female niche if there is a more aggressive Golf on offer?

    Surely the base model Golf will retain the classy yet conservative image

    • http://Frosty Hicks

      Depends whether you mean in regards to Australia or Europe.

      If you mean Australia, it means nothing, as the Golf R is no longer available and in it’s stead the Scirrocco R is taking the purchase space.

      • Richard

        Golf R 3 door is replaced here by the Scirocco R. You can still buy a 5 door Golf R

        • http://Frosty Hicks

          Ahh, makes more sense!


  • Ian

    These type of artices annoy me. I think its way to early to be making any comments on on the Mk7. All we have seen are some mules running around which “could” have some internal components of the new Mk7. Wait until we actually start seeing camouflaged MK7 which we can see outlines of the new body and perhaps cabin shots before any good dialogue about the Mk7 can be had.

    As a Mk6 GTI owner it just annoys me more because of VW plans to have such a short life cycle of the Mk6 and I haven’t had my car for even 12 months yet and we are talking about the Mk7.

    • Planned_Obsolescence

      Ian, seems as though Vee Dub are taking a leaf from the Toyota book…short life cycles, turn them over & keep the interest up.

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasnt the Mk 6 rushed into production as they were losing a shedload on every car sale from the Mk5 range.


  • Pauly

    Hmm? Sleeker, lower golf? It sounds stangly like what the Scirocco is?

    I guess VW will drop the Scirocco in the next few years and the MK7 Golf will fill the spot?

  • Smokin’ Jo

    Its a 5 door scirocco.

  • Yeti Man

    The Golf GTI reminded me of the 90’s WRX, they are everywhere. Don’t know if that is good or bad but it is a nice car.

  • Des

    A sleeker Golf? Well it wouldn’t be that hard now would it?
    Lets face it, a house brick whith the edges knocked off is more interesting and sleeker than a Golf!

  • Mad Max

    One of the strengths of the MK6 Golf is that it appeals to most age groups, younger through to retiree’s. This is also one of the reasons that the cars retain a good second hand sales price. If you start “lowering the roof line” you start to create problems for older people as they find it difficult to get in and out of the car, you retrict rearward vision (a pet hate of the Vauxhall) and the general appearance of the car becomes for focused towards a younger audience. VW obviously know what they’re doing but I just hope they don’t remove or dilute the wide appeal of the Golf.

  • Golfschwein

    Golfs have a perfect balance of style and function. Headroom is huge for taller folk and the boxy shape allows you to stack things high and long, so I hope VW doesn’t compromise on these attributes that have been its core since day dot.

  • O

    I can’t believe how well vw are selling here , the golf has gone from niche to player in the last 10 years, and I’m guessing vw dont want to be seen as boring like toyota

    • bangel

      Yes and its surprising the people you mix with who say they are looking at the golf or focus as their next buy .

      The downsize drift is turning into a storm , goodnight large cars .

      Its obvious the haters and their cronic stories of woes with reliability are having no effect on sales .

  • Scotty C

    As an owner of a Mark V GTI,the only thing I don’t like is the conservative looks. Other hot hatches like the Focus XR5, MPS and Megane RS look far more aggressive. Go on VW, give it some mongrel in the looks department to match the awesome drive it is!

    • bangel

      Maybe , MK 6 is pretty tasty , its the interior that blows the others away , always feels and looks the goods , no starwars crap , wont date , like the exterior . even a MK5 still looks very contempory today 7 years after birth .

      • CRS200

        Who cares about the interior quality when you are buying a HotHatch, the Golfs interior is just slightly better quality than the Megane RS 250 and the Megane blows them all away, in the performance department.

        Just accept it Bangle once and for all.

        Even the Clio RS 200 blows the Golf GTI away and it’s a NA engine, and very soon the Clio Williams will eat the rest of the competition except for the Megane RS 250.

        Sorry but Renault Sport are the best at Hot Hatches by a far margin.


    • K20A

      As a previous owner of a Mk5 GTI also (in delectable Candyweiss), I actually think Mk5 GTI looks more aggressive than the Mk6. Am I in the minority here?

      This is probably why I like the Mk6 GTD best. To me, it hits the ‘sweet spot’ of the whole line-up.

      Agree with you. Though styling is subjective, show anyone a GTI and a Megane RS, I don’t think it’s hard to see which one looks perceptibly ‘sportier’. MPS is too outlandish for me.. but the Megane RS & XR5 is just the right balance.

      Bangel, the interior of Golf ‘blows the others away’ in terms off perceived luxury, usability and restraint. But in terms of styling, it’s pretty boring I have to say.

      • bangel

        Thats why i like, its a bit conservative yes , but take a look an XR5 dash , now old hat starwars , right about the MPS , I still like MK5 .

        Love the handling of the 6 over the 5 , and the APR stage 1 makes you forget the the other boy racers looks , moogane is the best looker .

  • anthony

    The MK6 Golf has had a short life cycle,but it was based on the MK6.
    The forthcoming Jetta MK6 is ALL NEW,and is for the first time ever not going to be based on the Golf.

    Interesting times ahead for VW…

  • Mr Gaspo

    Yes please… Sleeker Golf I like!

  • Hector

    wouldnt this just make those thinking of getting a MK6 wait for the MK7? if it is so close why spend your cash on a MK6 knowing this thing is only 2 years away?

  • Darcy Dunbar

    What’s this obsession with each new model getting lower and with a “hunkered down” driving position?

    Oh well, there goes the older buyer to look at something they can actually get in and out of without being a contortionist!

  • Car Fanatic

    Yes CRS Renaults are flawless.

    I found this magnificent article backing up what you say.

    • League position: 25th
    • Claims per 100 vehicles: 38.4
    • Average age (years): 4.55
    • Average mileage: 45,138
    • Average repair cost: £281
    • Average time for repair (hours): 2.7

    Renault has dropped five places this year to find itself just five places from the bottom of the table.

    The number of claims made for every 100 cars has increased slightly from 38 last year to 38.4 this year.

  • Car Fanatic

    That was 2005. What about 2010?

    32nd out of 32

    Last year’s position 30th out of 30
    Cars needing repair work 53%
    Average repair cost £412
    Star model Freelander (’03-’06)
    Land Rover appears doomed to remain last in our survey, having been bottom for the past eight years. The Range Rover (’02-) edged out the Discovery (’98-’04) to record Land Rover’s worst result, with 59 out of 100 cars failing. The Range Rover also recorded the highest repair bill, at £7126. Even the Freelander (’03-’06) could muster only two stars.

    4th out of 32

    Last year’s position 5th out of 30
    Cars needing repair work 13%
    Average repair cost £403
    Star model IS200 (’99-’06) u
    Not only has Lexus improved its overall position from last year, but the percentage of failures has also fallen – by 6%. The IS200 (’99-’06) produced a solid five-star rating, with just 10 cars per 100 failing, as did the RX300 (’03-’09) at 14 per 100. The SC430 was the worst performer, with 44 cars per 100 requiring repairs.

    6th out of 32

    Last year’s position 2nd out of 30
    Cars needing repair work 17%
    Average repair cost £481
    Star model Premacy (’99-’04)
    Mazda has one of the highest average repair bills in our reliability survey – second only to Porsche. The biggest single cause of problems was the electrics, which accounted for more than 28% of faults. The Premacy MPV (’99-’04) was closely followed by the MX-5 (’98-’05), with failure rates of two cars per 100 and five cars per 100 respectively. The RX-8 (’03-) and MPV (’99-’04) were the worst models, with four-star ratings.

    22nd out of 32

    Last year’s position 18th out of 30
    Cars needing repair work 28%
    Average repair cost £445
    Star model SLK (’96-’04)
    The only two Mercs to earn five stars for reliability were different generations of the same car: the SLK, from ’96-’04 and the current model. The worst offender was the elderly SL (’89-’02), which recorded 55 problems per 100 cars. The luxury S-Class also suffered, with 48 cars per 100 in need of attention.

    28th out of 32

    Last year’s position 21st out of 30
    Cars needing repair work 36%
    Average repair cost £379
    Star model TF (’02-’05)
    MG has gradually slipped down our reliability ratings over the years. The TF (’02-’05) was the highest-placed model, with 26 failures per 100 cars. Just over 30% of faults were caused by the cars’ electrics, with a further 27% down to engine issues. Unlike other manufacturers, MGs don’t suffer many axle and suspension issues, but the average cost of repairing an MG is high and the cost and time taken to repair an MG are above average, too.

    10th out of 32

    Last year’s position 8th out of 30
    Cars needing repair work 23%
    Average repair cost £317
    Star model One Convertible (’04-’08)
    The Mini One Convertible (’04-’08) and the Mini Cooper Convertible (’04-’08) produced better reliability scores than the hard-top versions, and received a full five stars. Mini was another brand to suffer a high proportion of electrical faults, along with axle and suspension problems. However, issues with air-con systems are almost unheard of.

    3rd out of 32

    Last year’s position 4th out of 30
    Cars needing repair work 12%
    Average repair cost £460
    Star model Colt (’04-)
    Mitsubishi has beaten reliability stalwarts Toyota and Lexus to the bronze medal in this year’s survey. The Colt (’04-) is its best performer, with only five faults per 100 cars, while the Shogun (’00-’07) wasn’t far behind at 10 faults per 100. Problems with the fuel system accounted for 27% of all Mitsubishi faults and the average cost of repair was one of the highest overall.

    7th out of 32

    Last year’s position 6th out of 30
    Cars needing repair work 20%
    Average repair cost £357
    Star model 350Z (’03-’09)
    The 350Z coupé was Nissan’s most reliable model, with just 12 faults per 100 cars. The Micra (’98-’02) was a close second, with 13 faults per 100 cars, and the newer Micra (’02-) wasn’t far behind with 17 per 100. When things did go wrong, the average repair bill weighed in at £700 (with the highest claim over £3600). The Primera (’99-’02) was the least dependable, with 23 failures per 100.

    26th out of 32

    Last year’s position 11th out of 30
    Cars needing repair work 32%
    Average repair cost £283
    Star model 106 (’96-’04)
    Peugeot has plummeted to sit among the reliability bad boys this year. Its best model, the 106 (’96-’04), managed a full five stars, but the rest of the range didn’t fare as well. The 206 CC (’00-’07), 406 (’99-’04) and 806 (’98-’02) delivered four-star results, but the 407 (’04-) and 607 (’00-’08) had only two stars. In its defence, Peugeot had one of the highest annual mileages in this year’s supertest.

    15th out of 32

    Last year’s position 17th out of 30
    Cars needing repair work 26%
    Average repair cost £717
    Star model Boxster (’04-)
    Porsche has managed to pull itself into the top half of the reliability league, but it’s still not impressive for a prestige marque. It had the highest average repair bill and the highest average labour rate. It was nip and tuck between the older Boxster (’96-’04) and the newer model (’04-) for reliability, but on average the older car cost £400 more to repair.

    30th out of 32

    Last year’s position 29th out of 30
    Cars needing repair work 45%
    Average repair cost £227
    Star model Clio (’05-’09)
    The humble Clio (’05-’09) turned in Renault’s best performance, with 20 cars per 100 requiring attention. Unfortunately this was a long way ahead of the rest of the range, as the next-closest car was the older Clio
    (’98-’05) with 32 faults per 100 cars. The majority of models score just one out of five for reliability; electrical gremlins accounted for 43% of failures.

    Hmmm drop to 30th.

    Great effort Renault gone from 38.4% with faults to 45% with faults.

  • Car Fanatic

    Don’t despair though Renault owners, you could have owned an Alfa.

    Your really shouldn’t take the reliability of a car maker’s products for granted. The truth is that some are a great deal better than others, and the worst cars could leave you stranded miles from home.

    That’s why What Car? has teamed up with Warranty Direct, the UK’s largest independent warranty provider, to give you that knowledge. Every year Warranty Direct pays out millions of pounds in repair bills, so it knows exactly what goes wrong and how much it costs to put right. Our survey covers the past 12 months of breakdowns and includes cars registered up to 10 years ago.

    31st out of 32

    Last year’s position 28th out of 30
    Cars needing repair work 47%
    Average repair cost £420
    Star model 166 (’99-’05)
    Alfa has a poor track record in our reliability surveys. This year its worst model, the GTV (’96-’03), recorded a shocking 77 failures per 100 cars, with the GT (’05-) just behind at 68 per 100. Just under a third of all Alfa failures were down to the axles and suspension, with engine faults the next biggest issue – causing more than 15% of problems.

    32nd out of 32

    Last year’s position 30th out of 30
    Cars needing repair work 53%
    Average repair cost £412
    Star model Freelander (’03-’06)
    Land Rover appears doomed to remain last in our survey, having been bottom for the past eight years. The Range Rover (’02-) edged out the Discovery (’98-’04) to record Land Rover’s worst result, with 59 out of 100 cars failing. The Range Rover also recorded the highest repair bill, at £7126. Even the Freelander (’03-’06) could muster only two stars.

  • Car Fanatic

    Frugal is a retard, End Of.

  • Terrencelewis

    Several variants that you have mentioned will certainly make it more attractive to a wider audience. However Iam not so sure about the lower position and ground clearance. I owned a 2011 golf tdi with sport pack and found that it scrapes bottom on driveways etc. on a few occasions Inspite of very careful driving, it was impossible not to scrape the bottom.