The CSR Review

Text by David Pang, Carshowroom Singapore.

Photos by Carshowroom Singapore team.

What's happening?

If you thought the Golf was decent, they have now given us a bigger one.

Volkswagen has granted slightly over 300mm of length to the rear end, which makes the Golf Variant R-Line a likely contender to the sports wagon category.

The Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) is beneficial enough to be forgiven for some of its product similiarities. This means more time is spent on giving the consumers more options on the size of a car based on needs and demands rather than making the dashboards look pretty.

 

Visual Factor

The primarily styling of the Golf Variant was derived from the original hatchback model, and appears better in its standard R-Line exterior styling form with sporty bumpers and silver anodised roof rails. Two pairs of 18-inch alloy wheels sums up the overall structure. It can be said that the sharpened contours of the Golf Variant make it look good from any angle.


On the Inside

With a tailgate opening of 1,031mm wide, expect up to 1,620 litres of cargo space with the rear seats down. There is a pair of newly designed levers at the sides of the boot area that helps to unlatch the rear seats remotely without having to fold it down from the passenger row. Cargo space is approximately 605 litres with the rear seats up.

The Variant gets its infotainment system in the form of a "Discover Pro" navigation system with 8-inch TFT touchscreen display and App-connect smartphone connectivity that works fine with a DVD player and 8 speakers. Other notable equipment includes the standard "Climatronic" aircon system, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and vehicle Start-Stop system.


The Drive

With a power output of nearly 124BHP, the Golf Variant doesn't feel sluggish despite having added weight at the rear. The four-cylinder 1.4 TSI petrol engine is turbocharged to compensate for the displacement loss, and can propel to 100km/h in 9.5 seconds from standstill.

The differential of the 7-Speed dual clutch Automatic gearbox (DSG) is also controlled via four driving profile selections - Eco, Sport, Normal and Individual. The Eco mode possesses an additional coasting function that disengages the DSG when foot is lifted off the pedal, while the Sports mode pairs engine response to the shift points for a heightened driving performance.


Handling is sharpened by the sports suspension that is amazingly comfortable and forgiving on bumpy roads. The suitably sized 3-spoke multi-functional steering wheel is a delight in terms of vehicular control. It offers great grip and responsive feedback when maneuvering along tight corners.


How safe is it?

This car gets the airbag treatment all-round, mainly for driver and front passenger, driver's knee airbag and the curtain airbag system for both front and rear. The ISOFIX child seat mounting points would be relevant for the family-oriented.

Other standard safety driving features include Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) with driver steering recommendation, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assistant, Anti-Slip Regulator (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) and Engine Drag Torque Control (EDTC).

It seems like Volkswagen has found a way to surpass the Golf - by giving it more space.

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